Best Practices for Robotics STEM Activities in Kindergarten

SmartLab_stem_wedo-elementary-robotics.jpgWe wholeheartedly agree with this insightful article in eSchool News: 3 Reasons to Introduce Kindergartners to Robots.

“Children need to actually touch, manipulate, and experiment with objects in order to fully understand them. Robots bring this physical interaction to the potentially intimidating process of understanding engineering and programming.” 

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Sphero Goes to School

When the company behind Sphero, a programmable robotic ball, wanted to learn more about how their product could be used in schools, they looked to Creative Learning Systems and our SmartLab school partners. 

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Nicholson STEM Academy Announces SmartLab Grand Opening

Chicago Public School's Nicholson STEM Academy is very excited about the grand opening of their SmartLab Innovation Lab. We are too!

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Jennifer Teaches Us Something New

Many schools are wary about allowing smartphones in the classroom; often for good reason.  But we were recently reminded of another perspective on this issue.  Jennifer Roby, a student at Merrill Middle School in Denver was working on her SmartLab robotics project and was struggling with the computer-based programming interface.  The next day, she asked her Facilitator if she could take her smartphone out to show him something.  Jennifer had discovered and learned a smartphone application she could use to control her robot. 

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Ronan Robotics Shines On!

In May, I posted this announcement about the Ronan (Montana) High School SmartLab robotics team winning the world championships.

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Ronan SmartLab Robotics Team - World Champs!

And the hits keep on coming…

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SmartLab - It's About the Kids

There is so much we want to talk about as we launch the Creative Learning Systems blog: learning philosophy, directions in STEM education, case studies, innovative technologies, politics, funding...  It’s a long, long list and it all matters.  But there was never any question that our first entry would be about the kids that inspire us.

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