Designed for the iPad and iPhone, Tinybop’s The Robot Factory app lets children create, test, and collect robots. They can build with exoskeletons, zephyr mechanisms, hydrostatic tentacles, machinos locomotors,G-Force mixers, and more.
They can make any robot they can imagine—robot cats, robot samurais, robot
spies—from 100 parts. They can record their own robot sounds and test their
robots to see if they will walk, run, hop, dance, and fly. They can try out
physics-driven robot parts in real-world situations and swap them out for
different results. Each child can create and save their robots in their
showroom and keep an eye on them, day or night. There are no in-app purchases
or third-party advertising. The Robot Factory Technical Manual,
in the app or on Tinybop’s website, provides a code of ethics and details about
robot parts, gizmos, and tools. Cost:
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and maker education are viewed and defined differently no matter where you go. To me, the focus of any work in my STEM classes or in my makerspace is on the process and not the product. But STEM shouldn’t be viewed as a “special class” or a separate subject. There are ways to integrate STEM education and making throughout the school year and in every subject.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
Readers who long imagined themselves in Harry Potter’s world have a chance to immerse themselves in another fictional universe created by J.K. Rowling. The author is releasing The Ickabog, a new story for young readers, for free online.