Posted By KinderLab Robotics On October 26, 2017
This Wired article discusses how robotics can get girls more interested in STEM jobs. The statistics are amazing – just 12 percent of engineers in the United States are women.
Dr. Amanda Sullivan, a research at Tufts University is included in the article describing gender differences in Science and technology. The article reads: “So Sullivan decided to test the effects of a specifically non-gendered robotics kit called Kibo. Kids program the rolling robot by stringing together blocks that denote specific commands. It isn’t marketed specifically to boys or girls using stereotypical markings of maleness or femaleness. It’s a blank slate.”
In Dr. Sullivan’s ressearch, before playing with KIBO, boys were significantly more likely to say they’d enjoy being an engineer than the girls did. But after, boys had about the same opinion, while girls were now equally as likely to express an engineering interest as the boys.
Dr. Sullivan states, “I think that robots in general are novel to young children, both boys and girls…I think robotics kits like KIBO bring an air of excitement and something new to the classroom that gets kids psyched and excited about learning.”
Posted By KinderLab Robotics On October 16, 2017
Read on to see a KIBO review from Michael Karlin from The Ed Tech Round Up. Excerpts include: “The nice thing about KIBO, that many other similar robots don’t allow for, is that you can get incredibly complicated with the programming logic. This means that it will take significant time for students to work through Read More
Posted By KinderLab Robotics On October 10, 2017
Listen in on the “Learning How to Code in Early Education” radio replay of Our Chief Scientist, Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers being interviewed by Education Talk Radio. In the interview, Marina discusses the importance of providing coding instruction in early childhood to gear students up for 21st century learning. Listen the full replay now!
Posted By KinderLab Robotics On October 9, 2017
In this article, Dr. Amanda Sullivan, discusses how an early introduction into developmentally appropriate picture books, tools, and role-modeling, can inspire the next generation of female scientists and innovators and help get rid of STEM stereotypes once and for all. Dr. Sullivan worked on the research and development of the KIBO robot with the Tufts Read More
Posted By KinderLab Robotics On September 26, 2017
Read Getting Smart’s article “Using Robots to Teach Elementary Students About Human Nature”. Thanks to Hannah DeRusha from the Acera School for the wonderful article on how she uses KIBO robotics as part of their Kindergarten and First grade STEAM instruction. Hannah states, “It’s amazing for our students to see their story come to life Read More