Develop PreK-4th Graders’ Computational Thinking and STEAM Skills with Playful KIBO Robotics

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Learn from two independent school educators who will share their experiences using creative STEM robotics in varied environments – in classrooms, enrichment classes, makerspaces, and after school programs. Hear from your colleagues on the ease-of-use and the creative ways the screen-free KIBO robot can support age-appropriate, playful learning of computational thinking, STEAM skills, cooperation, collaboration, and more!

They will share examples of engaging STEAM activities and lessons using KIBO to enrich learning, offering opportunities for student directed learning and exploration in and out of the classroom, involving hands-on building, engineering, and design. You’ll hear about ways to introduce coding and computational thinking even to the youngest learners.

The panelists will also address models for implementing coding and robotics programs, as well as supporting teachers who may be interested in bringing these exciting STEAM experiences into their classrooms but may not have experience with coding and robotics.

“It is less about the technology but showing the students different ways to learn.”

Attendees Will Learn:

  • How coding creates a playful learning environment in any PreK-4th grade learning setting
  • How easy it is to use and implement innovative, age-appropriate KIBO robotics
  • Examples of ways children engage in robotic and coding activities proven to support students’ learning and play with computational thinking concepts
  • The benefits of incorporating STEAM robotics across multiple subjects as an effective way to support diverse student self-expression and communication
  • Activity suggestions for hands-on play

Speakers

Dan Riles, Innovation Coach, The Meadowbrook School, Weston, MA

Kimberly Walker, Lower School Director of Technology Integration and Innovation, The Agnes Irwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA

Moderator

Jason Innes, Director of Curriculum, Training, and Product Management, KinderLab Robotics, Inc., Waltham, MA

 

Must-See Video Highlights:

  • 2:02 - Jason Innes provides an overview of the KIBO robot and its functionalities
  • 10:07 - Dan Riles shares practical applications of KIBO robotics in his school's curriculum, providing examples of how they interact with students as they program the robot and early-education DEI opportunities when using KIBO.
  • 24:50 - Kim Walker shares practical applications of KIBO robotics in her school's curriculum, how they use it to empower girls in STEAM, how they use the experience to better engage with and get to understand their students, as well as how she empowers teachers to understand and incorporate computational thinking. 
  • 35:47 - Q&A with the panel begins.