Finding a way to keep STEM learning and the maker spirit alive has been challenging for educators as they’ve spent the last few months dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. When schools first started to shut down, we saw how STEM and MakerEd really began to take a back seat in favor of more traditional educational requirements as teachers tried to find a rhythm in remote learning. At the same time, however, we – and plenty of others – knew just how important and beneficial STEM learning could continue to be despite the enormous challenge of finding time to teach it and finding a way to make it hands-on, which was nearly impossible. With the help of one of our partners, however, and the commitment from a group of educators we work with, one STEM project was born because of – and despite – the rapidly spreading pandemic last spring.
The team at Tech Will Save Us has created a unique line of STEAM learning tools – kits students can use to learn about a lot of different aspects of STEAM education. From conductivity and circuitry to coding and sewing, their increasing variety of options provides something for students with various interests to design and construct projects at school or at home. We have been partners for a few years and their unique kits, like the Thirsty Plant Kit, Electro Dough Kit, and DIY Synth Kit, were the first ones we offered on our store. It now includes their newer kits, which add exciting elements to hands-on STEAM learning and we’re also excited to share one of their latest blogs, Staying Home and Homeschooling Tips from Tech Will Save Us Parents!