“Slow Robots” is an approach to teaching engineering, computer science, robotics, coding, and other subjects in self-directed, playful and intentional ways. We are inspired by the concept of a slow bicycle race, in which the goal is to finish last without stopping or falling off the bike.
– starting from a point of view of ignorance;
– understanding complex systems as aggregations of simple parts;
– expositing exploratory work;
– sharing narratives and documentation;
– reflecting about technology and human experience.
We believe it is helpful to explore a concept in multiple media or languages, or to concurrently explore one set of problems across several platforms. Therefore, when designing learning experiences, we ask students to shift media at least once, or to create parallel projects on multiple platforms.
This site is for and about my students, who are mostly 4th-6th graders. I teach in many schools around Cambridge/Boston, MA, and also write curricula for public and private schools, after school programs, camps, etc. You can contact me through the form below.
© David Alsdorf