Everything that educators do for their students should, in some way, be able to help them succeed in the future. This includes the lesson plans they create, the tools they bring into their classrooms, and even the attitudes they show, themselves. It will take a lot for students to become fully prepared for a world we’re not too sure of, but one thing is clear and it’s that students need an up-to-the-second education. Modernizing K-12 schools, curricula, and learning experiences is a necessary step to take in ensuring that kids wind up prepared.
Snap Circuits are a great way to combine active learning, innovative engineering, and creative problem solving in just about any STEM classroom. Did you know, though, that there are SO MANY specialized Snap Circuits kits that help kids learn about specific STEM concepts with ease? It's true -- Snap Circuits' compact, classroom-friendly kits allow educators to introduce key STEM ideas, like electricity, motion, and environmentalism while students get creative and play. Talk about a win-win situation.
Want to really engage the inner engineer in your students? Then you should take on the Meccanoid 2.0 XL, a personal robot kids can build from the ground up. With three innovative ways to program, voice recognition, and smart device communication, the Meccanoid might just become their best robot friend ever! Once built, Meccanoid towers at almost four feet tall (122cm) and, in the box, there are 1,014 parts, two hand tools, a rechargeable battery, and building instructions.
Every summer, the International Society for Technology in Education hosts a 3-day nationwide conference in one of America's most bustling cities. Last year, San Antonio and its beautiful riverwalk played host to almost 20,000 educators who attended the incredible event and hundreds of exhbiitors who all wanted to help them bolster their teaching toolboxes. For the first time, we were among those exhibitors in 2017.
We try to hammer it home that children need early and often exposure to technology to help them build the skills of tomorrow. Generally, the common belief is that this should start around first, second, or third grade. What if it could start earlier, though? Like as early as preschool. Those extra couple of years could wind up making a pretty large difference in the development of a child and, who knows, could ultimately help them reach greater heights. It’s very much possible to use technology in preschool classrooms and it’s pretty easy to get started if the right mindset is being used.