Spring CUE 2018 Preview: Kinderlab Robotics Delivers More Fun and Exciting Ways To Teach and Learn With KIBO
KinderLab Robotics, the Boston startup behind the popular KIBO Robot has announced the release of four new curriculum guides. Kinderlab’s KIBO Robot is designed to teach children and students as young as 4 years old, the fundamentals and basic concepts of coding. Although intended to get younger kids interested in coding, even our 10 year old edtech reporter loves KIBO.
KinderLab Robotics initially rolled out a rich curriculum for using KIBO in the classroom. The base curriculum includes over 40 hours of learning and activities that maximize students experience putting KIBO together and coding him via the code blocks and scanner included with the robot. Through this curriculum students learn the ins and outs of creating the robot, coding him and then programming him to do a wide variety of things.
This week, KinderLab Robotics announced four more expansion modules designed to compliment the core curriculum framework. These new guides explore cross-curricular activities using the KIBO expansion modules:
- Marker Extension Set
- Sound Record/Playback Module
- Building Brick Extension Set
- Expression Module
Each of the new curriculum guides offers 10 hours of in-classroom STEAM curriculum that connect coding and robotics to arts, literature, performance, architecture, engineering, and more, through creative activities. Complete lesson plans for each activity are supported by classroom tips, pictures, and linked videos.
The expansion modules are designed to encourage young learners, aged 4–7, to learn STEAM concepts in playful, new ways. With their new accompanying curriculum guides, educators and students can engage in thoroughly researched and curated activities that use these modules to further explore STEAM learning.
“KIBO provides kids with an open-ended playground for age-appropriate STEAM exploration,” said Jason Innes, KinderLab’s manager of curriculum development and training. “The new curriculum allows teachers to make the most of the exciting new KIBO add-ons we’ve developed. KIBO curriculum is based on the idea of turning children into active creators with technology, exploring and expressing their own interests while learning computational thinking and engineering concepts.”
The four new Curriculum Guides are:
Showtime with KIBO!: With the KIBO Sound Record/Playback Module, students record their own voice and KIBO plays back their recording to give their robot sound. This Showtime with KIBO! Guide provides curriculum where students can create bilingual translating robots; use their robots as a tour guide to show off their favorite cities; and perform a variety show incorporating song, dance, and more.
Make Learning Visible!: The KIBO Marker Extension Set enables KIBO to draw as it moves, based on the child’s programming sequence. The Make Learning Visible! Guide delves into engineering, mathematics, literacy, and art. Curriculum examples include programming KIBO to draw shapes and letters, create abstract artworks, and estimate distances by measuring the lines KIBO draws as it explores a cardboard town.
Build it Better!: With the KIBO Building Brick Extension Set, students can build onto their KIBO by using the world’s most popular building bricks, including LEGO®. The Build it Better! Guide provides engineering and architecture ideas for students to use LEGO-compatible building bricks. They can create and program robotic pets, build dream houses, and invent their own solutions to problems in favorite storybooks.
Express Yourself!: The KIBO Expression Module supports a variety of literacy activities and allows children to transform KIBO with drawings, flags, and other decorations. The Express Yourself! Guide provides art, literacy, and social studies ideas and activities. Students can create interactive book reports using the whiteboard, explore other countries and decorate their flags for a robotic world parade, and create interactive self-portraits.
The curriculum guides are available for $25 each or $75 for all four booklets. Until March 31, 2018, KinderLab Robotics is offering customers who purchase two or more of any one of the KIBO expansion modules an accompanying curriculum guide for free.
You can check out KIBO and the latest expansion modules and curriculum guides at CUE 2018 in Palm Springs California, March 14-17th, booth #230