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You Can Now Give Your Kids a Monthly STEM Toy Box Subscription

Black Enterprise – Samara Lynn

“There are all kinds of goodies-in-a-box you can get shipped monthly via an online subscription: food, dog toys, cosmetics, clothes, and more. Monthly box subscription services are hot because let’s face it—it’s fun to regularly get packages where you may not know what the contents exactly are. Now Amazon has a way you can give your child a surprise toy each month as well as an education in STEM.”(more)

Lego’s new kit teaches kids to code

CNN – Selena Larson

“Lego is making its blocks smarter. The company is launching a new building and coding set at CES 2017 this week that brings movement to Legos. The Lego Boost kit lets kids build five different smart toy models, including a cat, robot and guitar, with the help of sensors and motors. The move follows the success of Lego’s Mindstorms robotics kits, which are often used in computer science classes. Last year, Lego launched the WeDo 2.0 robotics kit to teach science and tech concepts to elementary students.”(more)

What Kids Can Learn When Blocks Get A Tech Boost

KQED News Mind/Shift – Jill Barshay

“At Forest Grove Elementary School, along the Ohio River just northwest of Pittsburgh, the Rust Belt is giving way to educational innovation. In a windowless room in the library, first- and second-graders experiment with a strange teaching device that’s half computer and half wooden play table. A giant computer screen looms over the table, and a touch-screen tablet is built into the table’s surface. A dancing cartoon gorilla appears on both screens, while a disembodied female voice commands two students to erect towers. The children reach into two bins of colorful wooden blocks and oversized Legos and build. Suddenly the table shakes wildly. The towers fall. Laughter ensues.”(more)

Toymakers want to bring STEM to playtime, filling gaps from schools

The Chicago Tribune – Cheryl V. Jackson

“The toy industry is looking to fill a gap where schools might not be teaching STEM, said Robin Raskin, founder of lifestyle technology conference producer Living in Digital Times. “Ninety percent of parents want their kids to learn computer science, but only 40 percent of schools teach computer science,” she said during the Chicago Toy and Game Inventors Conference. Learning Resources has shifted its business mix in recent years to reflect that, to about 55 percent consumers and 45 percent schools. Its business base had previously been about 90 percent schools.”(more)

Fisher-Price Announces ‘Code-A-Pillar’ for Youngest Learners

Education News – Jace Harr

“The toy company Fisher Price has released information about a product meant to help children learn the basics of coding before they can even read. The Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar is designed to help toddlers get a head start on technology fundamentals and learn skills that will make it easier for them to learn programming languages later, as well as exercising their analytical and problem-solving skills as they develop. The toy looks like a cross between a caterpillar and a train set, with a cute caterpillar head (including antennas) and detachable segments trailing behind. Each of the toy’s eight “body” pieces has an icon that controls what the toy does, like move forward, turn left, or make a noise. Once the parts are connected and the child pushes the start button, the caterpillar follows the sequence of commands that the child designed…No smartphone or tablet is necessary to use the basic toy.”(more)

Child education expert Professor Carla Rinaldi warns apps can kill creativity Editor

“HOMEWORK overload and classroom rivalry are “ruining” Australian children, an international education leader warned yesterday. Professor Carla Rinaldi – president of the global Reggio Children movement, based in Italy – said children were relying too much on technological “apps” instead of their own ingenuity and imagination.And she urged parents and teachers to give children the “greatest gift” – time.”There is this obsession to pass from one activity to another,” she said during a visit to Australia sponsored by the nation’s biggest childcare chain, Goodstart Early Learning.”(more)