January 19, 2020

STEAM-powered fun for kids and teens

It’s no secret that educators are finding magic in forward-thinking and multidisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curricula. For parents looking to bring a little of that home, there are plenty of hot items out on the market to help. Here are a few favorites suggested by area educators.

The free “SWIFT PLAYGROUNDS” app (pictured above) for the iPad (no age appropriateness suggested) uses puzzles and games to teach Apple’s powerful coding language used for making many of today’s popular apps. That’s an important head start on college — and whatever comes next, according to Rick St. Laurent, principal of general studies at YULA Boys High School. “Getting teens started with coding early is vital to their future education,” he said. ” target=”_blank”>goldiebox.com

” target=”_blank”>thamesandkosmos.com

” target=”_blank”>raspberrypi.org

” target=”_blank”>minecraft.net