Cool interview with CEO of KinderLab Mitch Rosenberg from SmartBrief.
Students can apply STEAM skills to anything from building with Legos to creating malicious computer code. How do you design activities that emphasize responsible application of these skills?
Rosenberg: Of course, any skill can be used for good or ill, including literacy, communication, and STEAM skills. The important thing to developing an ethical basis for using skills is to imagine the people who will use your creation.
Our curricula are focused not only on the question of how to build something, but also on the why question. For example, when our curriculum introduces the general process for designing things, half of the steps of that process involve talking to potential users, sharing your hypotheses with them, and imagining how they would use things. Moreover, unlike screen-based STEAM tools for students, KIBO encourages collaboration and team processes during the design, building, coding, and decorating of their STEAM creations.
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