The U.S. Department of Education began the STEM federal initiative for preschool in 2011. There are no greater natural scientists and engineers than young children; they are inquisitive and naturally learn as they play. Our STEM learning center, the lessons in the Activity Guide, and the materials in this Kit provide children with structure to build upon their natural inclination to explore, to build and to question. To learn more visit our blog post by Hatch expert, Jenne Parks…
…For each kit the activities are scaffolded, presenting information and ideas with increasing complexity to give children an introduction to the basic concepts of technology and promote literacy and other school readiness skills along the way. Each kit also comes with unlimited access to video-based online courses to help your teachers make the most of the kit in the classroom.
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.