Games & Toys. Kits. Paper Circuits & LED Projects. Best Rated Raspberry Pi Robot Kits Reviews 2016. Thingiverse - Digital Designs for Physical Objects. Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers. Elementary Library Makerspace Resources. Collaborative Resources created with Mrs.
J in the Library Elementary Librarians to Follow STEM Facilitators in Elementary Amazing Professors Teaching Teachers/Librarians Best Resources for Elementary School Makerspaces Instagram Follow a ton of libraries on Instagram, and also mom STEM bloggers from whom you can find lots of ideas to do with your elementary students. Great Pinterest Boards Homeschool Resources Great Articles (will add more later) Stop Motion Ideas for Beginners. Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners. While my girls have been in a little bit of camp this summer, it’s mainly been Camp Mom for our family: local adventures, crafts, and lots and lots of unstructured play.
We’re lucky to have some great neighbors with kids, and our girls have been lost in imaginative play that expands beyond the reach of anything I could possibly fabricate for them. However, we’ve had a few mornings filled with creative projects and this stop motion animation project is a winner. If you’re looking for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) project, this is for YOU! For the uninitiated, stop motion animation is a film making technique that makes inanimate objects appear to move on their own. Think Gumby or Wallace and Gromit. To make it work, you place an object in front of a camera and snap a photo.
While my older daughter, age six, really flew with this project, her little sister who’s just two months shy of four also got in on the stop motion animation action. Walking the Ramp. KINETIC HORSE - ENGLISH - 12MB.avi. Build an Automaton. DIY Kinetic Sand. Google and Apple Alums Invent Adorable Robots That Teach Kids to Code. Play-i created robots that teach children to code.
This is Bo, a three-wheeled creature that can be programmed to play a song on the xylophone, among other things. Image: Play-i And this is Yana. Image: Play-i Children program Bo and Yana via an app or by puppeteering actions. The codes are recorded in various programming languages like Blockly, Scratch, Java and Python. Image: Play-i Play-i founders wanted to make the robots as gender-neutral as possible. Kids as young as 5 years old can use the robots, but they're appropriate for people of all ages, says Gupta. Can You Teach Programming With Plywood? Primo is a $262 kit that consists of two main components—wooden robot called Cubetto and a plywood compiler board.
Photo: Primo "Giving Cubetto a face was something we are proud of because it gives him a personality," says Primo managing director Filippo Yacob. "Children like him and that makes them want to help him find his way home. " Photo: Primo Using a special area of the board, the sippy cup set can create a four-step function, like making Cubetto move in a circle, that can be invoked by placing a special green block. Photo: Primo Primo is staying true to its hackerspace roots. "We wanted Primo to feel like a toy, not like a tech gadget," says Yacob. "Before we can teach children programming we need to teach them the logic behind it, so they can find the topic easy as they progress to further learning," says Yacob.
A Brilliant Toy Train That Plays Music but Won't Drive Parents Crazy. Sound Track is a wooden toy train that plays music like a music box.
Photo: Courtesy Quirky Kid toys can be the worst. This isn’t news for anyone who has been around a child with a talking Elmo, mini drum set or just about any toy that has a speaker or makes a sound. But take heart, parents. A new musical toy concept from designer Ricardo Seola and product development company Quirky is not only totally bearable, it’s so clever you might want to play with it, too. Check Out These Clever Kits for Teaching Your Kids to Hack Electronics. Parents, listen up: Put your kids in engineering and computer science classes.
A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report says “software development skills continue to be the most in-demand” STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related jobs in the United States, and the White House projects that there will be over one million unfilled jobs in STEM related fields by 2020. And perhaps one of the easiest ways to encourage this interest is with toys. Building A Character With Bloxels For Our Video Game....and Getting A Little Help First! When I got home last week there was something very special in my mail that I couldn't wait to try out with my 10-year old son Hagan and other students I know.
And of course to try it out myself! It is called Bloxels and I recently learned about it from my friend Robert Kalman in New Jersey. You can read about it here, Kids Create Their Own Video Games With Bloxels...One Block at a Time. I opened up my box of Bloxels and set off to create a fun character to put into my video game. You can see my character above. Kids Create Their Own Video Games With Bloxers...One Block At A Time. This week I had visited the wonderful elementary teachers librarians, teachers and administrators at Ramsey School District in New Jersey.
I shared stories of student voice to kick off the morning and then worked with several teacher librarians and teachers in the library focusing on using digital tools to inspire student voice. After lunch a new friend, Robert Kalman came to the library to show me something that he was very excited about sharing and using with his students in their middle school. It is called Bloxels...and I have never seen anything like it!
On the Bloxels website it states, The most kid-friendly video game creation platform, ever.