STEM for Elementary & PreK Students - Curriculum & Teacher Materials

Incorporate STEM learning, coding, and robotics into your teaching with our comprehensive, standards-aligned, easy-to-follow KIBO curriculum.

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Developmentally Appropriate STEM for Elementary and PreK Students

STEM for elementary and early childhood students must be hands-on, playful, tangible, and developmentally appropriate. Just like KIBO itself, our STEM curriculum and teacher materials are backed by our co-founder Dr. Marina Bers’ 20+ years of research into how young children engage with technology.

But KIBO is not just about coding: it’s social-emotional learning through small-group collaboration, it’s developing persistence through the engineering process, and it’s connecting to student’s passions through cross-curricular lessons.

Growing With KIBO - Our Centerpiece Curriculum

“Growing with KIBO – A Robotics Curriculum for Pre-K to 2nd Grade” is our comprehensive STEM curriculum guide which supports early elementary classrooms and educators with 60 sequenced lesson plans covering robotics, coding, and computational thinking.

Clear, complete lesson plans include some scripting for group discussion, engaging songs, movement games, and readings, and cross-curricular whole-class KIBO activities. You can build your entire robotics and coding program for early grades around Growing with KIBO.

Dive Deeper Into KIBO's STEM for Elementary and PreK Curriculum

Growing with KIBO

Our comprehensive, research-based STEAM curriculum guide, “Growing with KIBO” offers 60 sequenced hours of standards-aligned lesson plans – covering robotics, coding, and computational thinking.

Creating with KIBO

Get started right away with the comprehensive, research-based curriculum guide, “Creating with KIBO“. The guide offers 20-40 hours of curriculum for early learning classrooms.

Activity Center Guidebook

For teachers implementing an activity centers-based classroom, library, or makerspace, the KIBO Activity Center Guidebook provides 10 lessons for student-directed, discovery-based learning experiences.

Maps, Measurement & Make Believe

This free Floor Map Activity Guide offers 8 activities using floor maps to address learning standards in math, ELA/literacy, science, social studies, and design when using KIBO.

KIBO Activity Cards

The KIBO Activity Cards provide 15 creative KIBO activities with big, colorful images and easy-to-follow instructions, for hours of engagement and fun at home with KIBO! Easch imaginative activity combines coding, building, art, and play.

KIBO Says Game

Learn KIBO’s coding language through engaging, unplugged play! Our “KIBO Says” game is a collection of oversized cards contains images of KIBO’s programming icons. And like “Simon Says”, kids act out KIBO’s movements, sounds, and other commands. 

KIBO Assessment Workbooks

The “KIBO Assessment Workbookshelp teachers evaluate student learning with a focus on robotics concepts and the engineering design process. Children solve fun story problems to share what they have learned about KIBO!

Engineering Design Journals

These “Engineering Design Journalshelp early learners plan, revise, and test. Students sketch their imagined constructions, plan their programs, and record the challenges and solutions they discover. 

Ask and Imagine

When exploring advanced programming ideas
with the Advanced Coding Extension Set children continue their exploration into sophisticated concepts. The “Ask and Imagine Guide“, provides 6 – 8 hours of KIBO activities using the KIBO Advanced Coding Extension Set.

Showtime with KIBO

With the KIBO Sound Record/Playback Module, students record their own voice and KIBO plays back their recording to give their robot sound. The “Showtime with KIBO Guide” provides a STEM curriculum incorporating song, dance, and more.

Make Learning Visible

The KIBO Marker Extension Set enables KIBO to draw as it moves, based on the child’s programming sequence. The “Make Learning Visible Guide” provides lesson plans where kids draw shapes and letters, create abstract artworks, and estimate distances by measuring the lines KIBO draws.

Build it Better

With the KIBO Building Brick Extension Set, kids build onto their KIBO by using popular building bricks, including LEGO®. The “Build it Better Guide” provides engineering and architecture ideas for students to use LEGO-compatible building bricks to create and program a robotic masterpiece.

Express Yourself

The KIBO Expression Module allows children to transform KIBO with drawings, flags, and other decorations. The “Express Yourself Guide” provides art, literacy, and social studies ideas and activities. Students can create interactive book reports using the whiteboard, explore other countries and decorate their flags for a robotic world parade, and create interactive self-portraits.

Our STEAM Curriculum Offers Over 160+ hours!

Beyond Growing with KIBO, you’ll find over 100 hours of additional lesson plans in supplemental booklets with connections to literacy, art, dance, science, and more! We also supply a wide range of teaching materials to enhance classroom experience with KIBO, from our movement-based “KIBO Says” game cards, to Activity Cards for stations work, to assessment workbooks and engineering journals. We support you every step of the way!

Curriculum When You Need it

You can purchase any of our curriculum products individually, but we also provide the most appropriate curriculum materials for your STEM for elementary classrooms with our Classroom Packages. These bundles of KIBO Robot Kits, professional development, and curriculum are sized for activity centers, small classrooms, or large classrooms, and they come with the exact curriculum guides, supplements, and workbooks you need to implement your program.

Standards Alignment

Many states have already adopted computer science standards in K-5, with many more planning to do so in coming years. States and districts that starting STEM education early is critical to ensuring access and success for all students. To ensure that you are meeting your school’s or district’s goals in computer science and STEM education, we’ve made sure our curriculum is aligned with key model standards at the national level from CSTA and ISTE as well as actual state standards.

We are actively expanding our library of standards mappings for our curriculum. Below are additional mappings you may find helpful.

Standards mappings for Creating with KIBO, our abbreviated core curriculum:
Recommended readings in Growing with KIBO
Thinking with KIBO resources

These resources are referenced in Thinking with KIBO, our free AI curriculum. These are not KinderLab-created; we provide these links as a convenience. You may find alternative videos or read-alouds that better fit your classroom. 

Standards alignment for Thinking with KIBO

Thinking with KIBO is aligned with the draft

AI4K12 curriculum guidelines, a collaboration between AAAI and CSTA, frame AI education as an important component of K–12 computer science education.

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Learn From Your Fellow Educators

Be sure to check out our Resources site to learn more about what other educators are doing with KIBO in their classrooms. We would love to hear from you too! Submit your own resources today!