This STEM and Play event and entry is sponsored by Unruly Studios. All opinions are my own.
What about mixing STEM and playing while doing distance learning? This month I’ll cover that question in a new, free STEM webinar. By attending this special event, you’ll hear five tips on how to make STEM concepts vibrant and engaging while students study at home.
Unruly Splats mix STEM and play in K-8 classes across schools. I look forward to working with you on this new free webinar!
If you’ve never heard of Unruly Splats, their membership includes exploratory coding activities that students can do at home, synchronously and asynchronously, or in person in the classroom. Splats’ virtual activities are designed to encourage engagement and creativity while students collaborate remotely coding home fitness circuits, memory problems, Morse code messages, and musical songs for dancing!
Students can work together as a group or at their own pace as they explore various virtual activities that combine STEM and active play.
Unruly Splats are programmable floor buttons that students code using an iPad or Chromebook to tell Splats when to light up, make a sound, or score points when they step on them. Using block-based coding, students code the rules to create games like slap in the mouth, relay races, and dance competitions, and then play them with classmates. Splats also has a virtual platform where students can remotely code on their devices. Instead of stomping on physical splats, use Virtual Splats on a screen to play shared games or activities.
Splats are used in computer science, science, music, math, sports, and the arts classes, and work with iPads and Chromebooks. Splats membership includes more than 12 Splats and their software with unlimited seats for teachers and students. Members also receive ongoing coaching, lessons and activities, an unlimited warranty during membership, and usage reports.
STEM and Play webinar invitation
I’m really looking forward to working with the team behind it Unruly splats for a brand new webinar this month! It is called “5 Tips for Mixing STEM and Games During Distance Learning”. This special event is next week, and you can Use this link to join us!
Here is the official description of the webinar:
If you are planning what the rest of the school year will be like, join the club! Mixing STEM with active play is a great way to keep students busy, but it can be difficult to do virtually. In this webinar with Monica Burns, Ed. D, you will learn:
- The Benefits of Mixing STEM and Gaming During Distance Learning
- Techniques to get students excited about STEM and play while they stay focused (Tips for Managing Virtual Classrooms)
- Opportunities to introduce activities to students studying at home
- Examples of STEM and game activities
Would you like to attend the STEM and play a webinar? Registration is freeIf you’re not sure if you can do it, sign up and we’ll send you the retry information.
STEM Webinar Sneak Peek
During the webinar, I will share five tips to help you mix and play STEM concepts. One of the tips is “Step up your show and tell.” We will look at how you can connect a simple show and narrate activities on STEM topics during the webinar. This type of activity can lead to a variety of discussions and can be synchronous or asynchronous.
For example, you can use prompts such as “Find an object that you can use to solve a problem”. This prompt can spark a conversation about inventing, solving problems, and fixing a problem in your home. You can have students play this show and narrate the game during a live (synchronous) video call and set a timer to help them find an item, or you can give students and families a lead beforehand and ask them to call them come articles.
Alternatively, you can have students participate in this playful activity asynchronously. You can have them record a short video of the item they find or share a reply on the discussion thread. This quick tip is a great way to make your distance learning time fun while reinforcing STEM concepts. I’ll be going through more prompts in the webinar for the “Boost Your Show and Tell” tip and four more tips on how to make STEM concepts lively and engaging during distance learning.
Use this link to attend the webinar! And share your questions or favorite tips in the comments below.
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