Six Benefits of Integrating Robotics into Early Childhood Education - Meet KIBO!

Speaker: Jason Innes, Manager of Curriculum Development and Training, KinderLab Robotics

Air Date: Sep 26, 2019, 2 PM ET

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About the Webinar

Early childhood is a wonderful time to spark children’s interest in coding, robotics, and engineering; but we need to use age-appropriate tools and hands-on, concrete activities. In this webinar, we’ll review the research and discuss the benefits of using robotics for your youngest learners, including:

  • 1. Coding Teaches the Literacy of the 21st Century
  • 2. Coding Develops Computational Thinking Skills
  • 3. Technology Becomes the Playground
  • 4. Robotics Makes Coding Tangible and Concrete
  • 5. Using Technology Breaks Down Engineering Stereotypes
  • 6. The Engineering Design Process Encourages Persistence

We'll take a special look at KIBO, a research-back robot kit designed for hands-on learning in early childhood. KIBO is a screen-free robot kit that lets 4-7 year olds build, decorate and code their imagined creations. KIBO is based on over 20 years of child development research to help engage young students as producers and creators with technology. Children decorate KIBO with craft materials, scan their sequence using the programmable wooden building blocks and bring their robot to life! Join us to learn how your youngest learners can engage with 21st Century learning and innovation skills while you integrate robotics and coding into engaging classroom projects - a research project on migrating whales, a re-enactment of a favorite storybook and more!

Jason Innes is the Manager of Curriculum Development and Training for KinderLab Robotics, where he develops STEAM curriculum and leads professional development workshops. He loves helping teachers integrate KIBO robotics and playful STEAM activities into their classes. He has presented on robotics, early coding, and KIBO integration at numerous conferences and workshops.

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