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:
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
The Library of Congress has launched an online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the Library’s collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures.
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.