By Allison VanNest, Head of Communications at littleBits
Are you ready to implement a STEAM and coding program into your school or district, but you’re not sure where to start?
You’re not alone! Around 20 percent of all jobs in the United States already require some form of STEAM knowledge, yet many school districts do not have a comprehensive program in place to prepare students for the inevitable future of work.
Enter littleBits Education Solutions, a new initiative that enables specialists from littleBits Education to work directly with educators to create completely customizable STEAM and coding solutions for their classrooms, schools, or school districts — all based on littleBits’ platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks.
“Many schools and districts are now integrating STEAM and coding into their programs, but they’re still trying to answer three key questions: where to start, what are the best implementation strategies for an effective and accessible STEAM program, and how to scale,” said Brad Schenker, senior director of education sales at littleBits. “By providing insight into how educators might evaluate and scale these programs, littleBits Education Solutions is making it easy to get started, regardless of their unique goals or implementation stage.”
Each solution will include littleBits’ Code Kit and STEAM Student Set, evergreen lesson plans, professional development, assessment tools, student resources, and physical storage. It can then be scaled depending on need — from a successful pilot plan with 18 students, to a full district-wide STEAM immersion that includes materials for up to three schools, three classrooms of 24 students, and three makerspaces. Here’s an overview of our introductory STEAM and code plans. Which might work best for you?
Need more information? Learn more here, or visit www.littlebits.com/education.