Posted By KinderLab Robotics On April 27, 2018
In this EdSurge article, authored by Bryan Flaig, the science and mathematics instructional coach for the Redwood City School District in Redwood City, CA, Bryan delves into merging computational skills with social-emotional development using programs like KIBO and ScrathJr.
Bryan continues, “One phrase we often use in our district is, “It’s not about the robot.” What we mean is that computer science is not about the device or software. It’s about what students are doing with technology to solve problems…the focus is on how they overcome challenges while finding the best way to express their creativity. It’s less important that they master all the different uses of the computer programming language.
While children are developing their coding skills, they are, simultaneously advancing their social-emotional development. I remember one student in particular who exemplified this type of growth. We were introducing KIBO, a robotics kit by KinderLab Robotics, to a class of Kindergarten students. A boy and a girl were working together, when the boy suddenly pulled the robot. “This is mine!” he shouted. A short game of tug-of-war ensued.
Flash-forward two months: I went back to visit the classroom, and the same boy was working with another group of children, a mix of boys and girls. At one point, he stopped, held the robot out, and said, “It’s your turn now.” I thought, “There we go. That’s what we’re hoping to see.” Not only were students learning about computer programming, but they were learning the social skills—like sharing and working with others—that will serve them just as importantly in the future.”
Read the full article – “When Robots Teach Kids Computational Thinking—and Kindness”
Posted By KinderLab Robotics On April 19, 2018
In Nibletz’s ISTE 2018 preview, they cover the news that KinderLab Robotics has been added to the STEMworks database. The article reads in part: “KinderLab Robotics and STEMworks both aim to develop 21st-century skills by providing effective STEM education and inspiration.” See the full article.
Posted By KinderLab Robotics On April 17, 2018
KinderLab Robotics is thrilled to be included in the “10 Most Innovative Robotics Companies to Watch 2018”. Enclosed are robotics companies that cover the gambit of industries, including solar, engineering, medical, mining, education, and more! See the full article on the 10 innovative robotics companies to watch. You can learn more about the KinderLab Robotics Read More
Posted By KinderLab Robotics On April 16, 2018
Our co-founder, Dr. Marina Bers has been named one of “The Edvocate’s 2018 EdTech 20: A Ranking of Global Edtech Influencers”! The Edvocate editorial team researched the movers and shakers within edtech and selected 20 global influencers, who they consider the biggest edtech influencers in the world. See the influences who are transforming the edtech Read More
Posted By KinderLab Robotics On April 14, 2018
In this article, BostonTechMom compiled a list of local organizations that exhibited at the Boston Tech Fair. These companies showcased their services at the event and their offerings will spark interest in all things STEM for your child. Check out KIBO within the Robotics section of the story. We are excited to be included in Read More