Dear Families and Friends,
As many students want to keep going with the tools we use in our Innovation Playground Creative Thinking Makerspace program, we are making them available for you here to continue at home.
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One of the best robotics platform for 4-12th grade students to learn how to build and code a robot. This robot is expandable and will grow with your child’s interest in STEM. Students can mix low tech resources like cardboard, tape, pipe cleaners and more to expand abilities.
*Note: You though it does come with a remote control, to get the most out of it, you’ll need to use a tablet, smartphone or PC to dive in with coding the mBot. Works with iPads, new Kindles, Chrome books and other laptops. Please refer to the Amazon page for details as they get updated.
A student favorite of all ages! Beginners will learn how a robot works with color-coded cubes that each have a special ability (input, output, passive etc) that makes a robot tick. Easily one of the best robotics platforms for students! Plus, it comes with a Lego Brick Adapter to add Lego pieces! Cubelets can be expanded by adding a Bluetooth Cubelet where you can program them using the Blockly visual program.
Lego’s newest member of its robotics line, the Lego Boost is fast becoming a student favorite. It sits between the Lego Wedo 2.0 and the Lego Mindstorms. It is designed for 7-12 year olds and offers 5-in-1 creations. This is a very good choice for kids who want to start building robots as they are already familiar with Lego. You will need to download the app to control it and start coding.
Scratch Programming (Free)
Designed by the famed MIT group, the Lifelong Kindergarten Group, students of all levels will learn how to code in easy visual block-based programming. This platform removes the frustration and anxiousness for students who are intimidated by traditional text-based coding.
This technology combines old school screwdriver building technology with a 21st Century twist! It uses plastic “scrus” with easy to use “scru”drivers and sawing tools to create amazing cardboard creations. See some examples here