littleBits are a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that are designed to empower students to create inventions, large and small. They’re an excellent resource for 3rd - 12th grade students, and can be used to help familiarize kids with basics of circuitry, coding, engineering, and design. littleBits have been around for the last seven years, and I’ve had the opportunity to use them in K-12 settings as well as with the preservice teachers I work with. Continue Reading.
Author: Bob Hand
“When am I going to use that information in the real world?”
This is a common observation from many K-12 students, and it’s understandable that today’s learners can fail to see the real-world value of class material. The rigors of daily life are not segmented into discrete “subjects.” So why does the traditional educational model do so? By completely segregating class material into different subjects, we often fail to engage students with authentic experiences with meaningful, real-world implications. Continue reading.
Reviews | DIVE-in Engineering from STEMscopes: An Engaging, Hands-On Engineering Curriculum for Grades 3-8
DIVE-in Engineering from Accelerate Learning was built in partnership with the folks at the New York Hall of Science. It was designed to provide 3rd-8th grade students with an engaging, hands-on engineering curriculum that can help turn your classroom into a structured, scaffolded Makerspace. The curriculum provides students with practical, inquiry-based educational experiences that encourage exploration and inspire ingenuity. Continue reading the full review.
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