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In recent years, educational platforms and apps have become increasingly popular as tools to supplement traditional learning methods and enhance children’s education. The integration of these digital resources with STEM toys can provide a more engaging and interactive learning experience. In this blog post, we will discuss some recently launched or upcoming educational platforms and apps that can be integrated with STEM toys to create a comprehensive learning experience for children.
Tinkercad is a free, web-based 3D design platform that allows users to create, modify, and share their own 3D models. By integrating Tinkercad with STEM toys focused on engineering and design, children can gain hands-on experience with 3D modeling and learn valuable skills that can be applied to real-world challenges.
Scratch is a visual programming language and online community developed by the MIT Media Lab. It allows children to create their own interactive stories, games, and animations by combining coding blocks. STEM toys that integrate with Scratch can provide an introduction to coding concepts and help children develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Osmo is an innovative educational platform that combines physical play with digital learning. By using a compatible device and Osmo’s proprietary reflective technology, children can interact with digital content through physical objects like building blocks, drawing tools, and puzzle pieces. STEM toys that are compatible with the Osmo platform can offer a unique, hands-on learning experience that bridges the gap between physical and digital play.
Sphero Edu is an educational platform designed to work with Sphero’s line of robotic toys. The platform offers a range of activities and lessons that teach coding, robotics, and STEM concepts through hands-on play with Sphero robots. By integrating Sphero Edu with compatible STEM toys, children can develop a deeper understanding of technology and robotics while having fun.
Blockly is a visual programming language developed by Google that allows users to create code by connecting blocks together. The Blockly platform can be integrated with various STEM toys, providing children with an accessible introduction to coding concepts and encouraging them to explore the world of programming.
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that allows users to create, share, and play quizzes and challenges on a variety of subjects. By integrating Kahoot! with STEM toys, children can engage in interactive learning experiences that reinforce key concepts and make learning fun.
In conclusion, integrating STEM toys with educational platforms and apps can provide children with a more comprehensive and engaging learning experience. By combining hands-on play with digital resources, children can develop valuable skills and gain a deeper understanding of STEM concepts, setting them up for success in a technology-driven world.