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Best STEM Products of 2019
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STEM skills (science, technology, engineering, and math) are essential in order to foster creativity and problem-solving in young minds. Opting for devices that help develop these skills encourages children to explore, examine, and be curious about the way the world works — ultimately helping to build confidence in STEM fields for the future.
Not only will science come alive through learning about science concepts from a young age to coding programmes with robots, but STEM products are also heaps of fun, interactive and provide a collaborative learning environment — a win-win for both teachers and young students.
We have compiled a list of the best STEM products of 2019 at PB Tech and have picked out our favourite features, which devices they're designed to work with, and what each product teaches students. This is an awesome read for educators new to STEM, or for those feeling a bit lost in the world of STEM and Makerspace robotics.
Makeblock is well known for providing STEM products that encourage hands-on learning and stimulating key skill sets like programming and engineering. Makeblock has recently brought out some great STEM products that have become big favourites with our PB team through there amazing design and interactive learning experience on offer.
First up we have the Makeblock HaloCode, which is simply a wireless single computer board with built-in Wi-Fi.
Designed for programming education, its compact design integrates a broad selection of electronic modules. Pairing with block-based programming software mBlock 5, HaloCode offers all sorts of opportunities to experience AI & IoT application with just a few clicks – making creation easy and rich of learning for young students.
HaloCode has 12 RGB LED's, a Touch Sensor, a Motion Sensor and heaps more cool features, so students can let their creativity loose and use these features to build an interactive rainbow lamp, create motion sensing games, interact with the Sprites of mBlock 5, and even make themselves motion-tracking wristbands!
Additionally, for a more advanced learning experience, you can switch to Python coding with just one click, which changes the coding blocks in real-time so students can check how their programmes look like immediately. Also, teachers can use Python mode to help teach relevant content on coding and programming in the classroom.
The Codey Rocky & Neuron Education Kit combines hardware with software, allowing children to learn about programming while they play and create. Using mBlock, software that supports both blocked-based and Python programming, Codey Rocky takes children by their hands and leads them into the world of avant-garde technology with its inbuilt AI and IoT functionalities, preparing them for an AI era.
Codey Rocky features a 2 in 1 innovative design featuring Brainy Codey, which is integrated with over 10 programmable electronic modules and Agile Codey, which will allow the robot to follow lines and go around obstacles, making creation so much more fun.
The Neuron Kit works exceptionally well alongside the Codey Rocky, six Neuron blocks are included in the kit, which allows students to gain a more intuitive understanding of how sensors work. Also, more support for teaching materials is available to meet the learning needs of students at different grades. The Neuron Kit can help to further inspire kids to design, create and show their creativity in tech projects.
The Codey Rocky & Neuron Education Kit gives students a chance to create an interactive game or a maker project by programming. With the help of this interactive kit, teachers can develop courses on programming, AI and IoT, or organise robotics and create classroom competitions.
The Codey Rocky Education Pack is an ideal solution for large classes that can help teach robot programming in a fun and interactive way.
One kit contains six sets of Codey Rocky, allowing up to 12 students to learn to code at the same time – super useful for creating a collaborative learning environment or to teach a group of students at once. Powerful features of Codey Rocky allow students to learn and use Scratch™ blocks, Python AI and IoT – plus with the assistance of this handy kit, teachers can develop courses on programming, organise robotics or run programming competitions
What's more, the Gratnells storage boxes and charging accessories included in the kit can further facilitate teaching and provide a safe, secure and compact storage solution for classrooms. Up to 8 devices can be simultaneously charged and can be fully juiced up within a class break. A full set of student's guides (16 sessions), teacher's guides, and PPTs make it easier for teachers to prepare for and deliver lessons – even if it’s your first time using the Codey Rocky!
Sphero education products provide a toolset that is unbounded in its potential by weaving hardware, software, and classroom engagement together. While coding and 21st-century skills are necessary, Sphero’s programmes also go beyond coding by incorporating robotics and technology with collaborative STEM activities – helping to nurture student’s imaginations in a spectacular range of ways.
Sphero Mini is one of the world's smallest app-enabled robotic balls that is packed with tons of coding, gaming and fun all into a robot about the size of a ping-pong ball.
Shake to wake the Sphero Mini and start driving using different modes with the Sphero Mini App, or just by using your face or sounds. Yes, you read that right. Face Drive™ and Scream Drive™ is a hilarious new feature that uses your facial expressions to drive the ball. Mini's games are just as addictive - use the ball as a controller to shoot your way through space, race a ship through a tunnel, or rotate your ball to destroy a polygon of bricks.
The Sphero Mini 5 pack or 12 pack is a great option for mid to big sized classes and can help encourage a collaborative learning environment for younger students that are eager to code and see their wildest creations come to life.
Sphero BOLT’s eye-catching, programmable 8x8 light matrix opens up an endless array of coding and gaming capabilities. Use advanced sensors to track speed, acceleration, and direction, or drive BOLT without having to aim the robot thanks to the built-in compass. BOLT also features infrared communication, allowing the robot to “talk” with other BOLTs – making this a sweet pick for a class of younger students. Equipped with Bluetooth SMART and a strong scratch-resistant shell, this robot’s brawn matches its brilliance.
Micro:Bit and DFRobot
Micro:Bit is a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun! The pocket-sized computer can be coded, customised and controlled to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. Micro:Bit also offers some great accessories including an expansion board to let your students' ideas run wild and a Max:Bot for programming a mini-robot. This is the perfect starting point to get your students or kids involved in creative programming, coding and problem-solving!
The DFRobot’s Boson starter kit features a set of modularized electronic blocks that will help ignite student’s creativity while using the Micro:Bit programmable computer.
To help students easily understand the usage of each module, the kit is provided with a quick start guide, including four basic projects with wiring and sample codes – easily walk through the guide and let students create their own invention
The DFRobot Boson Max:Bot is an entry-level programmable DIY robot specially designed for kids to maximise their creativity when connected to the intelligent Micro:Bit.
This kit features electronic modules including motors, speakers, line trackers, distance sensors, and is extendable with 50+ Boson modules – plus being project-oriented allows for students to simply follow step-by-step tutorials for comprehensive learning. The Boson Max:Bot kit comes equipped with a well-designed aluminium structure that ensures its extra durability, while still being easy to assemble for kids and having excellent mobility.
Other Top STEM Products
Robotic learning is the most effective educational solution to acquire critical STEM skills for a student's future success.
Innovative robotic architecture and design, combined with its intuitive coding platform, the Actura FlipRobot E300 learning kit inspires students to develop a higher order of thinking skills and apply robotic concepts to real-world scenarios. This can be achieved through the endless expansion capabilities on offer and how it allows students to transform the E300 with multiple extension kits into various applications and solve real-life problems.
The FlipRobot has an innovative chassis design that allows for optimal flexibility in various configurations and is built to withstand any rigorous creative applications students throw at it. The FlipRobot is a perfect choice for younger students as they can learn basic programming without any advanced coding by simply adjusting the variable control board’s dials or dragging and dropping command blocks to programme the E300. With five pre-set function modes that can run various fun activities without coding after assembly – even younger students can benefit heaps from this innovative STEM robot.
pi-top is a modular laptop that provides students with the tools to complete amazing DIY projects and bring their craziest inventions to life. It's the perfect tool for older students 14+ to learn how to code, create awesome devices, and take their knowledge to the next level.
The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is the latest product in the Raspberry Pi 3 range, boasting a 64-bit quad core processor running at 1.4GHz, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet, and PoE capability via a separate PoE HAT – overall helping to deliver an improved and more interactive learning tool for students.
The inventors’ kit is a great choice for the classroom as each student can be creative and design their own inventions such as music maker, space racer and a smart robot. The Raspberry Pi 3 is a highly flexible single board PC that can be used in a variety of different ways, which can help teach students a range of different STEM-related activities and skills.
Wow, so many amazing and fun STEM products for students and that's just our PB team favourites! Make sure you check out our education page to stay updated with all things related to the classroom!
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