The job horizon is changing. Current ones will disappear due to automation, and new jobs will emerge as a result of technological advances. That’s why now, more than ever, STEM is such an essential part of the school curriculum. Skills developed by students through STEM will provide them with the foundation to succeed at school and beyond, and foster creativity and problem-solving in their young minds.
STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Additionally, STEAM incorporates art.
STEM products prepares students with the skills to succeed and adapt in the changing world, but are also heaps of fun, and create an interactive and 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.
Let creativity fly with the DJI Tello Smart Education Drone
The Tello Smart Education Drone is an impressive and programmable drone perfect for education. Take drones to the next level and give the drone instructions by programming it! You can easily learn programming languages such as Scratch, Python, and Swift. Complete with DJI’s flight control technology, Tello EDU also supports Electronic Image Stabilisation.
Write code to command multiple drones to fly in a swarm and develop amazing AI functions. Programming has never been this fun with Tello!
Students can even program multiple Tello drones simultaneously through one device and create a drone swarm! Let them perform flips or other acrobatic movements. For advanced programming, the mission pads are a fantastic pads for increased precision. They not only serve as guiding points, but as trigger mechanisms. Program with the specific information within each mission pad to expand your options and push the limits of Tello. Students can write code that will enable your aircraft to recognise each Mission Pad’s unique ID, as well as perform aerial acrobatics. Control a swarm of Tello EDU’s and bring your imagination to life!
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 their amazing design and interactive learning experience on offer.
Get them writing their first line of code with Makeblock Codey Rocky Education Pack (Recommended for ages 6+)
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!
Creativity made simple with the MakeBlock Halo Code (Recommended for ages 10+)
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.
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.
The Sphero Bolt is robotic ball with an endless array of coding and gaming capabilities (Recommended for ages 8+)
BOLT’s 8x8 LED light matrix allows students to program theiur robot to display characters, vector graphics, sensor data, or play games on the matrix itself. Sphero BOLT can also 'talk' to other BOLTs thanks to 360° infrared communication. Dive in to storytelling with multiple bots, new games, and advanced movements.
MaKey MaKey Classic Edition is great for everyone — artists, kids, educators, engineers, inventors and more! (Recommended for ages 8+)
MaKey MaKey is a simple circuit board that lets students reprogram the world around them by turning everyday objects into touch pads and combining them with the internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. You can connect up to 18 inputs to the Makey Makey (6 on the front and 12 on the back).
Start out easy with a banana piano with the first setup taking just seconds. Then make games controllers, musical instruments, and countless inventions. Set up is quick and easy — just plug, clip, and play! No programing knowledge needed. No software to install.
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!
Cultivate your students programming ability with DFRobot's Boston Start Kit (Recommended for ages 10+)
The DFRobot Boson Start kit combines micro:bit and DFRoboto's Boson modules. micro:bit is a pocket-sized microcontroller designed for kids and beginners to learn coding and electronics, letting them easily bring ideas into DIY digital games, interactive projects and robotics. To explore even more possibilities with micro:bit, they've combined it with DFRoboto's Boson modules — 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.
FlipRobot E300 Starter Kit is an effective educational solution to acquire critical STEAM skills
With it's 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. Intricately designed extension kits will expand the endless possibilities for each topic’s learning outcomes.
Learn basic programming logic with E300, by adjusting the variable control board’s dials. Using a combination of the variable control-board and FlipCode programming environment, students can unleash and explore complex coding solutions. Bring FlipRobot E300 to life with personalised expressions by rotating the FlipEye eyelids and create the best learning companion. With an Arduino micro-controller at the core of FlipBrain, E300 is ready to perform and operate the intelligent codes written by students. Inputs and outputs are clearly labelled, making it simple for students to accurately connect different wires and electronic modules.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is the perfect tool for older students to learn how to code and create awesome devices (Recommended for ages 14+)
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!