Kindergarten Robotics Initiative
Catholic Schools Office - Archdiocese of Boston
Learning about coding and technology through play!
Making Learning Tangible & Fun with KIBO
Dr. Umaschi Bers noted, "tinkering, creating, and playing are essential activities for young children to engage in, particularly as they are developing their cognitive, social, emotional, motor, and communication skills. The increasing growth of educational robotics opens up the opportunity to bring new technologies into the early childhood classroom."
She further shares, "four and five year olds love to make things, and they love to make things that move and respond to their commands. Robotics brings together the physical and the computational world. Robotics is a natural fit for young children’s interests and curiosities. Research shows that young children will learn programming and engineering at a very early age if they are given tools that are developmentally appropriate (Bers, M (2008) Blocks to Robots: Learning with Technology in the Early Childhood Classroom. Teachers College Press, NY, NY). Furthermore, robotics can be integrated with traditional materials to engage in open-ended exploration to make personally meaningful projects while developing STREAM concepts and skills."
KIBO comes with all of blocks and materials needed to create a functioning robot.
Interested in learning more about this amazing little robot? Visit the team online: http://kinderlabrobotics.com/kibo/
Art & Robots
Children can personalize the robots.
Benefits for Catholic Schools
Join us! Apply Online
To be considered for this unique opportunity, you are asked to complete a short online application and to reflect on how participation in this STREAM initiative can impact your enrollment, current initiatives, and goals for the future. You can complete the online application here: http://bit.ly/1VTrVjP
All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on May 27, 2016. If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Dr. Amy Ryan or Kathy Mears.
Image Source: Images are courtesy of KinderLab Robotics (2016).