Kibo Helps Early Elementary Students Learn Coding And Robotics
When it comes to the value of teaching robotics at an early age theres’ no doubt about it, the early you can get a student engaged with coding and robotics, the better. Companies like Kinder Lab Robotics and Root Robotic are teaching kids not only about cool new robots and how things work but they’re learning problem solving, coding and programming concepts that extend well beyond their latest STEM/STEAM class.
KinderLab Robotics, born out of a university project at Tufts, emerged from the need to make Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers’ on new technologies for young children more widely available. KinderLab Robotics was born when Dr. Bers and a friend of hers in the robotics industry, Mitch Rosenberg decided to create a robotics kit for younger children. That robotics kit goes by the name Kibo.
With Kibo kids assemble the robot themselves with colorful wheels, bases, parts and coding blocks. Kids than use a barcode scanner built into Kibo to program him. He can draw, move around, carry things and more. With Kibo there’s really no wrong way to program him, kids just might need to change the program to do make it do what they want it to do. That speaks to the foundational core of coding.
Kinderlab Robotics is constantly upgrading their offerings for students and teachers. Recently they added a marker extension kit that has turned Kibo into quite the artists. On the curriculum and teacher side Kinderlab released four new curriculum guides earlier this year. The guides include:
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.
This year at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th you can check out Kibo, all of the extension kits and curriculum guides at booth #1590 and find out more online at kinderlabrobotics.com
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