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Why and How To Teach Children About Processes

IT and STEM as current and future attractive skills. Definitely, these are 21 century must have skills and they are in the focus of national curriculums.

Processes are essential basics of IT and STEM skills and are learned first. All IT experts remember basic operators AND & OR and relations with 1 & 0:

  • 1 AND 1 = 1
  • 1 OR 1 = 1
  • 0 AND 1 = 0
  • 0 OR 1 = 1
  • NOT 1 = 0

Every programmer knows this, and these are the lesson learned at the beginning. These are processes.

The second example, logic switches used in smart toys to populate STEM among young children use elements like power,  motor, consumption, work and similar, to make complex toys. Knowing “processes” is also crucial to play with these toys: turn on the switch and get light, switch off the magnet, start propeller, there are countless examples.

Something is inputted, it is transformed, and the result of the process is in output.

 

To simplify, as it is presented in the picture:

  • at the start is input (1 and A),
  • input is processed (in the black box), and
  • the user gets desired output (0 and B), mostly.

But this is very boring to learn and at the other hand essential at the same time. It is easy for mid schooler to understand but since it is boring, it is highly unlikely it is going to be learned effectively and most important, what is practical usage of it. This knowledge is important to be mastered as early as possible for chemistry, IT, automation and etc.

I hope you got the answer Why processes are important and why children should know about them.

This is the way how

they can be learned super easy with Gabriel’s Seeds.

We have created 6 process game layouts,

      

       

As can be seen from icons above, processes are assigned in the middle to inputs (left side) and outputs (right side).

We’ll choose a simple single process with lab bottles.  Apple is processed in lab glasses and final output is

Apple is “processed” with “lab glasses” and final output is a lemon. It is an simple way to present what process does, how it converts input content into other content, objects are transformed into other objects. It is simple way to show kids power of process and basic idea behind what process does, conversion of input into output according to certain rules.

Apple, process, lemon can be changed with object sequence as shown on following picture

 

Idea is to apply rule in upper object sequence (with letters) and apply it on objects sequence below. In first case, rule shows the sequence of objects ABC is converted to ACB. Second and third letters/objects switched positions. Same rule must be applied to fruit sequence at the input, Aronia|peaches|banana. Output result is Aronia|banana|peaches. Objects like fruits, toys, cars, or flowers are far more interesting to “play” with then ABC or “o|1”.

We can create countless combinations, like this.

or with 2 levels for example with flowers. At the input is Fuchsia|Begonia|Hibiscus and final result after two process is Hibiscus|Hibiscus

This is a tough brain teaser for children but can be solved especially if its done step by step and with objects children can not resist.

I hope we gave you insights into processes and if you find children work in the kitchen like on the picture below, you have succeeded. 🙂

 

 

 

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