#TANGIBLE PRODUCT #ROBOTICS #ENGINEERING WeDo 2.0 ignites interest in STEAM learning with stackable bricks and intuitive block-based coding for kids aged 7-11. The kit includes a programmable smart hub, a motor, sensors, and LEGO bricks. The smart hub connects via Bluetooth to a computer or laptop, on which it can be programmed using an icon-based program.
MINDSTORMS EV3 lets kids learn more advanced skills and prepares them for the future through complex coding and real-life modeling. The brain, or EV3 Intelligent Brick, uses a screen with an interactive menu.
Scratch is a block-based programming language created by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT's Media Lab. It includes an active online community where users share their creations. Scratch 2.0 has an extension for running LEGO WeDo and Scratch 3.0 ary has extensions for LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and micro:bit as well.
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children ages 5-7 to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together colorful programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. ScratchJr was inspired by the Scratch programming language (scratch.mit.edu), used by millions of people (ages 8 and up) around the world.
SymbIOTics is a LEGO compatible Internet of Things (IoT) Platform designed for elementary school students. This educational platform teaches students about technology and devices so they can build their own IoT systems.
Grove Zero is a collection with sensors and actuators that snap together magnetically. They can be programmed with MakeCode or a downloadable Module Matcher. The kit comes with multiple function sensors, development tools, and a STEM starter pack.
E-Blox are LEGO-like bricks with embedded electric circuit components such as batteries, motors, lights, and switches. They can be used alone or with LEGO bricks to create structures with lights and motion.
Chibitronics integrates circuit building with arts and crafts to teach students how to design and create their own electronic devices. Chibitronics features kits with circuit stickers, paper circuits, and a variety of tools.
MakeDo is a system of tools for students to create innovative cardboard projects. MakeDo also includes several toolkits and instructions on creative ways for students to experiment with reusing cardboard. This platform enables students to learn by doing, experimenting, and exploring different approaches.
SAM Labs provides everything needed to deliver the most engaging STEAM learning experience to classrooms. It seamlessly connects software and hardware with lesson plans for a wide variety of subjects, making learning about coding accessible, experimental, interactive and fun.
LittleBits are color-coded magnetic blocks that snap together to create circuits. Many different sensors, actuators, and connectors are available, as well as adapters that let one attach littleBits to LEGO bricks and axles.
Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits. Kids can create projects that light up, make sounds, and move around using the dough and basic hardware such as LED's, motors, and battery packs.
Micro:bit is a small programmable computer that can be coded from several web browsers without any software requirements. The micro:bit comes with LEDs, buttons, connection pins, sensors, wireless communication, and a USB interface. This platform features lesson plans with detailed activities for teachers to integrate micro:bit into primary and secondary school classrooms.
TinkerCAD is an app used for coding, 3D design, and electronics. Students can program and assemble electronics, and use codeblocks. Students can also use computer modeling tools to create innovative projects through 3D printing and laser cutting.
BlocksCAD integrates computational thinking and technology into the math curriculum in 3rd through 8th grade classrooms to teach computer science. BlocksCAD features detailed lesson plans aligned with Common Core math standards and CSTA Computer Science standards to teach coding.
Inkscape is a graphics editor with flexible drawing tools, broad file format compatibility, and powerful text tools. This platform can be used to transform ideas into final designs using the vector graphics tools.
Easel is a free software platform that allows for users to design, create, and carve from a single platform. Easel simplifies the design process by providing intuitive tools and interactive applications.
OnShape is a computer aided design program designed for students and teachers. Students can learn how to create computer models and three dimensional renderings on any iOS or Android device. They can also collaborate on projects by working in groups to simultaneously edit files.
Fusion360 integrates design, engineering, and manufacturing into one platform. Students can test their design ideas for functionality and usability using the many tools and also explore the product development process.