Fostering a love for the sciences and arts from childhood
STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, and encompasses a vast array of subjects that fall into each of those terms. While it is almost impossible to list every discipline, some common STEAM areas include: aerospace engineering, astrophysics, astronomy, biochemistry, biomechanics, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, graphic design, industrial design, architecture, computer science, mathematical biology, nanotechnology, neurobiology, nuclear physics, physics, and robotics, among many, many others. As evidenced by the multitude of disciplines, it’s clear that STEAM fields affect virtually every component of our everyday lives
Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders. Occupations in STEAM-related careers are some of the fastest growing and best paid of the 21st century, and they often have the greatest potential for job growth. It is important that our South Africa becomes competitive in fields of science, technology, medicine, and all of the other STEAM fields. The best way to ensure future success and longevity it is to make sure that students are well versed in these subjects. Building a solid STEAM foundation through a well-rounded curriculum is the best way to ensure that students are exposed to math, science, and technology throughout their educational career.
Students are extremely curious and impressionable, so instilling an interest at an early age could spark a lasting desire to pursue a career in any of these fields. By the time a student is ready to enter the work force, they must have enough knowledge to make invaluable contributions to our nation’s STEAM industries.
Learning to code is now as much part of your children’s education as long division, conjugation of verbs. Robots, toys and systems launched to bring code outside of your computer or tablet work alongside code-teaching apps like Scratch, Blockly, Flow and Swift Playgrounds.
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Cue is an incredibly clever robot with a witty attitude that’s full of interactive surprises. Choose from four free unique avatars to customize Cue with a personality that’s right for you. The more you explore, the more you’ll discover what cue can do.
Meet Blue-Bot, the new Bee-Bot robot with a Bluetooth connection!
Use the buttons on the back to program Blue-Bot just like Bee-Bot. Connect Blue-Bot to your tablet or PC via Bluetooth, using free apps, and program Blue-Bot remotely.
Blue-Bot offers all the features of Bee-Bot while also introducing remote control!
The Bee-Bot is cheerful, round and very good fun, but it does much more than simply make people smile – it allows children from the age of 4 to get to grips with the rudiments of robotics and with the characteristics of a robot.
Not only is the Bee-Bot good fun, it’s also child’s play to use! There are directional keys on the top of its back – left, right, up, down – and an OK button to validate.
Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. No books or camps needed!
Dot is a clever little robot with multiple sensors and a quirky personality that powers the Do-It-Yourself projects in the new Dot Creativity Kit. Kids will learn about robotics and develop fundamental coding and problem-solving skills while having fun. Dot’s projects range from crafting and active play to storytelling and construction.
Boost your LEGO® building experience with the amazing LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox. Build and customize Vernie, your own personal talking robot friend, code its behavior and complete fun activities with the included playmat. Speak to Vernie and it will respond with facial expressions that reflect its mood. Vernie can move in all directions at variable speed on its large tracks, see objects and colors, sense distance, grip and carry accessories, make hand gestures and launch darts from its shoulder mounted shooter! Vernie also senses and reacts to impacts and knows when you pick it up. Rebuild Vernie to create the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4), Guitar4000, Frankie the Cat or the AutoBuilder, all controlled via your tablet with the free downloadable app that also includes digital LEGO Building Instructions for all 5 models, plus cool activities and ideas to spark your imagination.
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Sphero Mini is the new portable, affordable and fun-focused bot that is programmable with the Sphero Edu app. Sphero Edu provides a toolset that is unbounded in its potential. While coding and 21st century skills are necessary, our program also goes beyond code by incorporating robotics and technology with collaborative STEAM activities, nurturing students’ imaginations in ways no other education program can.