Defined: Diving into STEM

The KIBO robot has been included in this article about incorporating STEM activities within the classroom to promote collaboration and develop essential 21st-century skills. Rachelle Dené Poth writes in part:

A new school year brings fresh ideas and excitement for learning opportunities! We should use it as an opportunity to try some new ideas and also focus on getting to know our students. STEM-focused learning is a great way to do this. Beyond its impact and importance for preparing students for careers in these fields and the future, STEM activities can significantly contribute to building relationships, promoting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and enhancing overall student engagement in our classrooms.

By integrating STEM into the classroom from the beginning of the school year, educators can create a dynamic learning environment that fosters curiosity, creativity, and teamwork. It also gives students a chance to experience real-world learning and become creators and innovators.”

KIBO was added as a resource to bring playful STEM into the classroon:

Kinderlab Robotics offers a screen-free, hands-on STEAM robot kit for early childhood STEM education. KIBO engages young students to learn STEAM concepts through play and creative self-expression. Early learners build, code, create, and explore using KIBO physical manipulatives and playful self-directed opportunities that help them learn about computer science, engineering, and computational thinking.”

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