With the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit, students can build a wand, learn to code, make magic—and then play on their tablet or computer. When they wave their coding wand, students see instant effects on the screen. They can make fire flow, pumpkins grow, feathers fly, goblets multiply; they can paint pictures, compose music, create games, and much more. The kit may be preordered for delivery October 1, 2018. Cost: $99.99
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Google’s Kick Start challenge offers coders around the world the chance to develop and hone their programing skills through online-hosted competition rounds. The three-hour rounds feature a variety of algorithmic challenges, all developed by Google engineers so that students get a sense of the technical skills needed for a career at Google.