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Webinar – Innovate your Makerspace! Robotics STEAM Activities to Engage Young Learners
March 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
On Tuesday, March 30th at 2pm (EST) we held the webinar – “Innovate your Makerspace! Robotics STEAM Activities to Engage Young Learners“
As we look ahead to summer and in-person schooling next year, educators are looking for ways to enrich learning and help students recover from learning loss. Makerspaces provide a model for engaging summer programs and innovative in-school activities involving hands-on building, engineering, and design. The makerspace philosophy is a perfect expression of the “playground” approach to technology in education.
The KIBO Robot, with its emphasis on building, decorating, and imaginative transformation, is a perfect fit for makerspaces – or for makerspace-inspired activities in the classroom. Hear from our guests, both experienced makerspace educators and technology integrators, as they share examples of activities and projects with KIBO for makerspaces and classrooms, for school-day learning and for summer and out-of-school-time programs.
Young children are creative, with amazing imaginations. Learn how these educators provide creative spaces – in a makerspace or in an early childhood classroom – along with robotics and coding, which allow children to move, dance, tell stories, and explore new ideas. By providing age-appropriate technology, such as the screen-free KIBO robot, educators promote problem solving, imagination, cognitive challenges, social interactions, motor skills development, and emotional exploration with their young students.
Watch the webinar recording and learn:
– How to set up a creative space using innovative, age appropriate robotics – from preschool through early elementary school
– Activity suggestions for hands-on play
– How coding creates a playful learning environment
Bryan Flaig – Education consultant specializing in makerspaces and STEM curriculum
Bryan has worked as a STEM Coordinator for large school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area, designing makerspaces and NGSS-aligned curriculum. He also taught middle school math and science for over 10 years. He is currently an education consultant specializing in makerspaces and STEM curriculum that integrates computer science into core content subjects.
Kimberly Fogerty – Lead Makerspace Educator, The Park School in Brookline, MA
Kim brings 23 years of experience as a maker educator, technology specialist and integrationist, science and computer specialist, and classroom teacher. She has taught programming and robotics in classroom and enrichment environments for 15 years and in December of 2017 completed an advanced graduate certificate in Engineering Education at the Center for Engineering Education Outreach at Tufts University.
Jason Innes – Manager of Training and Curriculum Development, KinderLab Robotics, MA