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Posted By christina On January 29, 2019

KinderLab Robotics Announces Growing with KIBO Curriculum to Support K–2 Classrooms

New curriculum guide provides educators of young learners with 60 sequenced hours of standards-aligned lesson plans in robotics, coding, and computational thinking

(Orlando, FL) January 29, 2019 – KinderLab Robotics today expanded its KIBO™ curriculum suite by announcing Growing with KIBO – A Progressive Robotics Curriculum for Grades K¬2. This guide was designed to support early elementary classrooms with a complete, sequenced STEAM curriculum covering robotics, coding, and computational thinking—in addition to providing opportunities for integrating these topics with arts and literacy activities. With this newest addition, KinderLab now offers more than 150 hours of standards-aligned robotics curriculum across its various books.

Growing with KIBO is built upon the work of Dr. Marina Bers and her DevTech Research Group at Tufts University. The new guide expands upon the research-backed progression established in KinderLab’s Creating with KIBO curriculum, adding many more classroom hours of lesson plans and establishing a clear, progressive scope and sequence built on three themes: powerful ideas in computational thinking, the engineering design process, and social-emotional learning (SEL). Each of these themes is grounded in Dr. Bers’ extensive research and her published pedagogical frameworks around creative and positive technology education for early childhood.

The lessons in Growing with KIBO are presented in a practical, accessible way to support busy educators. Each lesson includes facilitation suggestions, discussion and reflection prompts, and background information for teachers. The guide is divided into three 20-hour sections—Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced—to support a range of progression models, from kindergarten to 2nd grade. Concrete suggestions on how to encourage collaboration, sharing, and reflection within the lessons help support children’s emotional development alongside STEM/STEAM learning.

Jason Innes, the Manager of Training and Curriculum Development at KinderLab Robotics, Inc., said, “We are so excited about bringing this new, research-supported guide to educators working with young children. All of KIBO’s curriculum is based on Dr. Bers’ extensive research, with a proven scope and sequence for coding and robotics in early childhood. In Growing with KIBO, we wanted to make these concepts even easier for teachers to implement in the classroom. With 60 hours of sequenced lesson plans, this new guide can become the basis for three years of coding, engineering, and robotics curriculum based on Dr. Bers’ philosophy of creative technology education and positive social development.

KinderLab developed the curriculum in collaboration with educators using KIBO in the early-learning classroom. Angie Kalthoff, Technology Integrationist in St. Cloud Area School District 742, MN, added, “When working with KIBO, kids are learning coding and engineering through hands-on experience. Growing with KIBO supports teachers in creating this hands-on environment. Instead of telling students directly what to do, you are encouraged to allow them to try and ask questions that start with ‘Have you noticed…’ and ‘What happens when…’? In my favorite activity, the Hokey Pokey, students get up and dance with their robots. They program KIBO to dance one part of the dance at a time, developing their critical thinking as they match their dance actions to KIBO’s programming blocks. They are learning sequencing and programming through movement and creative expression.

Growing with KIBO – A Progressive Robotics Curriculum for Grades K-2 is available for pre-order from the KinderLab Webstore for a special introductory price of $50. The promotion expires on February 28, 2019, which is also when the guide will be available to ship.

FETC 2019 attendees are welcome to stop by booth #2214 to learn more about KIBO and Growing with KIBO – A Progressive Robotics Curriculum for Grades K–2.

About KIBO – The Playful STEAM Robot
KIBO is a robot kit that allows children aged 4–7 to build, program, decorate, and bring their own robot to life without requiring any screen time on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. It is an open platform on which students can envision and create their own robot. With art and engineering, students transform KIBO into imagined animals, vehicles, storybook characters, and more. Students plan a coding sequence using wooden programming blocks, then scan their sequence with the built-in barcode scanner, press its button—and the robot comes alive. KIBO is a Winner in the Technology/Preschool category in the 2018 Seriously STEM awards as well as numerous other awards.

When children build, code, and decorate their own robot, they perceive it as play, but they are learning invaluable STEAM skills. Not only are these hands-on experiences inherently rewarding, but they help children understand the technology in their world and can even improve their future job prospects.

About KinderLab Robotics, Inc.
KinderLab Robotics is the creator of KIBO, a playful educational robot kit based on 20 years of child development research with thousands of children, teachers, and parents. Developed specifically for teachers by Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers at Tufts University, KIBO is currently used in 54 countries and has proven efficacy in helping kids learn STEAM—and getting them excited about it! KinderLab offers a complete suite of teaching materials that help integrate STEAM elements into a wide range of curricula, including art, cultural studies, and reading literacy.

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Posted By christina On December 4, 2018

KinderLab Robotics Offers Two Free KIBO Activities for the Worldwide Hour of Code Event

Launching during Computer Science Education Week, the one-hour robotics and coding lessons aim to help young students express their creativity through computer science (Waltham, MA) December 4, 2018 — KinderLab Robotics, the creators of the KIBO™ robot kit, today announced their participation in the worldwide Hour of Code event. Hour of Code™ is an initiative Read More

Posted By christina On November 15, 2018

KinderLab Robotics Announces Lower Pricing and a New Introductory KIBO Robot Kit Just in Time for the Holiday Season

The redesigned kits inspire kids ages 4–7 to create, design, decorate, and bring their robots to life—all without requiring screen time (Washington, DC) November 15, 2018 — Today at the 2018 NAEYC Annual Conference, KinderLab Robotics, the creators of the KIBO™ robot kit, announced changes to two of their introductory robot kits. The entry-level KIBO Read More

Posted By christina On October 24, 2018

Dr. Marina Bers Named Chair of Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Using research as a platform, Dr. Bers has influenced early childhood educators around the world (Waltham, MA) October 24, 2018 — Dr. Marina Bers has been named the new department chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. This appointment puts Dr. Bers at the forefront of one of Read More

Posted By KinderLab Robotics On August 28, 2018

KinderLab Robotics Announces New KIBO Guidebook to Enhance STEAM Education

New curriculum guide provides lesson plans and setup instructions for self-directed robotics activities for young learners in activity centers and makerspaces (Waltham, MA) August 28, 2018 — KinderLab Robotics today expanded its KIBO™ curriculum suite by introducing KIBO Activity Center Guidebook: Activities and Setup Recommendations for a KIBO Activity Center. For teachers implementing an activity Read More