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Posted By KinderLab Robotics On August 10, 2017

5 Reasons to Include Robotics in Early STEM Education

“During the foundational years of early childhood, children need a playful and tangible way to engage with the technology and engineering concepts of their STEM development. Robotics and computer programming initiatives are rapidly growing in popularity among early childhood researchers and educators as an appropriate way to meet this demand.”

Read the full article at http://www.simplek12.com/stem/5-reasons-to-include-robotics-in-early-stem-education/

Posted By KinderLab Robotics On August 8, 2017

Should Children Be Taught to Think Like Computers?

“In a kindergarten classroom at the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School, in Medford, Mass., pupils arrange wooden blocks imprinted with bar codes into a sequence that instructs a robot to spin, shake, or perform another action…” Read more at http://theinstitute.ieee.org/ieee-roundup/blogs/blog/should-children-be-taught-to-think-like-computers.

Posted By KinderLab Robotics On July 31, 2017

How to Prepare Preschoolers for an Automated Economy

Great article about KIBO in the New York Times today, exploring Dr. Marina Bers’ work into the importance of social-emotional learning in early tech experiences. KIBO’s screen-free design emphasizes group work, creativity, and collaboration. …“We don’t want all these young kids sitting in front of a computer,” said Marina Umaschi Bers, a professor of computer Read More

Posted By KinderLab Robotics On July 27, 2017

The 17 Best STEM Toys That Teach Kids to Code

“Kids as young as 4 can build (and decorate) their own robots with Kibo. Once it’s built, they can create a sequence of instructions with Kibo blocks, use the robot body to scan the program, and push a button to make the robot come to life.” Read the whole article at http://www.workingmother.com/stem-toys-teach-kids-to-code.

Posted By KinderLab Robotics On July 17, 2017

How robots are teaching Singapore’s kids

Excerpt: In a recent morning at Sparkletots preschool in Singapore, Natalie, Bryan and Mikayle, all four years old, knelt on the floor around a machine called Kibo and “programmed” it with a set of instructions printed on wooden blocks. Each of the blocks was printed with a command — “forward”, “backward”, “shake” — written in English and Read More