The Goldenrod Research Corporation supports hands-on technology in the classroom through its YouthTouch STEM Grant. Hands-on technology education tools bring mathematics and science to life for schools that then become pilot or referral sites for YouthTouch. The grant program provides an opportunity to affordably integrate hands-on robotics and fluid power technology into grades 3–8 classrooms. All educational entities are eligible to apply. A one-to-one match is required. Grants cover 50 percent of the cost of a comprehensive YouthTouch Technology Integration Program; schools are responsible for matching the other half. Goldenrod regularly works with those awarded to find the funding if needed. Interested applicants will find this grant opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
LEGO Education’s new SPIKE Prime Set is a STEAM learning tool for students in grades 6–8. Combining colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch, SPIKE Prime continuously engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level.
Designed by Root Robotics, Root is a fun and easy-to-use educational robot that teaches coding, creativity, and problem-solving skills to students, from prereaders through high school. The robot bumps, hears, moves, draws, scans, climbs, reacts, and sees, helping students learn, play, and explore using their imagination.