Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab,developed by FatRedCouch, shows children aged 5–9 how much fun science can be. Using this app, students set out on an adventure to an unknown world—a world where Thomas Edison had a secret lab in which he invented a virtual version of himself and a nearly completed robot to guide and inspire future generations of young scientists. The secret lab, Edison’s virtual ego, and his prototype robot remained hidden until Angie, a 12-year-old prodigy, cracked the secret coded message that Edison left behind. The young genius and her science club move into the lab, and the fun begins. Students can explore the lab, play games, learn about Thomas Edison and other inventors, meet the Secret Lab Kids, learn about inventions and discoveries, create holograms, and enjoy videos. The app is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire. Cost:Free
Through relevant webinars on topics such as “Teaching with Technology,” “Tech As a Learning Tool,” and “Creating Brain-Friendly Classrooms,” Quill reaches out to educators to support their daily needs. Quill.com’s Education Resource Center puts teachers in touch with grants to expand their special programs, awards to recognize their efforts, and sources to enrich STEM programs. Bookmark this growing resource as a daily companion, as well as a source to explore more than 85,000 classroom essentials.
Tune in live to “You Bring the Q’s, We’ll Bring the Hacks,” a free online event sponsored by Microsoft, to see how small changes can have huge student impact. The event will take place on June 27, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT).
RobotLAB has launched Engage! K12, a platform that provides robot-based lessons for a range of subjects and age levels. Engage! K12’s interactive and hands-on learningexperiences are organized by high-interest topics, such as soccer-playing robots or autonomous cars.