Kids playing with Cublets and SNAP Circuits!
Imagine you are 6 years old in kindergarten and learning how to add and subtract, years pass and you are now in 6th grade learning integers, multiplication and equations. During your first six years of school how many projects did you built that could move, see, sense or laugh with you? Are you excited about math in school or is it just more theory and formulas for you remember to obtain a correct response?
We believe that robotics can help fill this void and the void that the US is now facing in attracting STEM students in higher education. The US is falling behind other countries in educating their students in STEM subjects. Our nation need a workforce that is well trained in basic STEM fields. Robotic education is an interdisciplinary field that offer a broad base education. Another benefit of teaching students robotics is the ability to introduce engineering and design concepts to young students. We hope that kids will become fascinated by building robots and coding them that when math theory is introduce they will understand its importance, thereby leading to a more receptive student. Also they will be able to connect basic math concepts to an actual psychical moving, sensing robot. Most urban educational school district are like big ships, slow to turn and change course, so how are we to implement STEM learning, robotic, to elementary students? Maybe we must start with after school programs and summer camps.
During out-of-school and summer camp time is it possible to increase kids interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? The challenge is how to keep children motivated in “more school” work after sitting in class for several hours during academic work? We must make STEM fun and engaging. One way to accomplish this is through interacting and discovering play time with CUBLETS and SNAP CIRCUITS. SNAP CIRCUITS can teach kids about engineering, flow of electricity, serial and parallel circuitry and battery power. We have seen kids start building a 1.5 volt light circuit to designing their own circuit with resistors and multi battery packs. Are SNAP CIRCUIT only for the advance child who was exposed to electricity and electronics? Absolutely not, as kids become comfortable with simple circuit they are eager to build more complex circuits.
Cublets Robots are a great little toy that can expose kids to technology. With cublets kids are not just building with blocks, which is an important skill set, but they are changing the behavior of a cube robot and hows it interact with its environment. Cublets are magnetize blocks, when stack together form a robot that can interact with its maker. A child stacks Cublets as he/she would stack blocks but as the child build with cublets he/she can see the results of different configuration in which cublets are assemble. Because cublets are magnetize and function as a whole, it takes three blocks to build a basic robot.
But the real fun begins when children learn that they can build an object, car, train, building, or control an object by waving their hand pass a sense block. With cublets children learn what makes up a robot. Students are given three blocks, sense block, power block and an action block. Without these three blocks the robot will not response to the student input. Cublets are a great way for students to learn input/stimuli of robots, similarly SNAP circuits allow for students to play with input/stimuli.
Playing with SNAP CIRCUIT introduce electronics to students. SNAP CIRCUITS are easy to assemble for kids. SNAP CIRCUITS are bight, big and easy to handle for children. Kids can start with a simple circuit with only a few connections. SNAP CIRCUIT introduce children to resistors, capacitors, and transistors.
We believe cublets and SNAP CIRCUITS makes for an exciting out-of-school or summer camp activity.