Posted By KinderLab Christina On May 13, 2022
In this article, Heather Lee, the early STEM education consultant for the Idaho STEM Action Center and the school readiness project director for Idaho AEYC, shares her expertise and experience of placing playful, hands-on robots in libraries to introduce families to key foundational concepts that create strong learning supports for young children.
The article reads in part:
As a long-time early childhood educator, I’ve learned to view children as “born ready.” Yes, neuroscience reveals they are learning at birth! But they do it alongside responsive, caring adults. Parents are the first and most significant teachers of their children’s lives. When educators rise to partner with parents from the earliest stages to augment learning opportunities, students receive the best educational foundation to succeed throughout their school journey.
In my current role as the early STEM education consultant for the Idaho STEM Action Center, I collaborate with early childhood programs and libraries to make access to STEM tools free to teachers and librarians as well as parents and guardians who invite young children to enter the world of STEM through the daily routines of life.”
Heather creates partnership around the fact that children are born whole people who are curious, capable, and competent—and why it matters, including:
Connecting with Caregivers
Overcoming STEM Hesitancy
Connecting STEM to Personal Development and Literacy
Heather says about KIBO:
“KIBO, which is programmed using a series of wooden blocks that children put together on the floor, is one of my go-to STEM tools to encourage computational thinking through a whole-body sensory activity. So many positive connections take place in both mind and body that might not happen if a child were seated passively in front of a device.”
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Posted By KinderLab Christina On April 18, 2022
In Jason Innes’ newest article, he shares 4 fun, engaging and rich STEAM projects that help educators and learners make the most of being in the same physical space together — and also reinforce concepts like social-emotional learning, literacy, and the engineering design process…whether or not you have a KIBO robot! The 4 STEAM projects Read More
Posted By KinderLab Christina On April 13, 2022
In this Education Week article, our co-founder, Dr. Marina Bers describes how coding teaches young learners values and develops character as well as technical skills. Using the metaphor of a “palette of virtues”, Marina describes how coding creates opportunities to explore moral and personal values. Says Marina: “Any time we engage in an activity, we Read More
Posted By KinderLab Christina On April 8, 2022
In this article, KinderLab and the screen-free KIBO robot is discussed as part of why robotics is so important to introduce in early education. The article reads in part: Importance of Robotics in STEM education Robotics integrates STEM subjects into one, which has been studied separately for ages. ‘Dull’ and ‘boring’ are the two words Read More
Posted By KinderLab Christina On April 5, 2022
KinderLab Robotics is thrilled to be listed as 1 of 10 companies that are key players in the EdTech industry and transforming the way young people learn. EdTech enables teachers to upgrade and improve their classrooms and allows teachers to engage their students in unique, innovative, and equitable ways. About KinderLab Founded in 2013, KinderLab Read More