KinderLab Robotics today expanded its KIBO™ (opens in new tab) curriculum suite by announcing Growing with KIBO - A Progressive Robotics Curriculum for Grades K–2. This guide was designed to support early elementary classrooms with a STEAM curriculum covering robotics, coding, and computational thinking—in addition to providing opportunities for integrating these topics with arts and literacy activities. With this newest addition, KinderLab now offers more than 150 hours of standards-aligned robotics curriculum across its various books.
Growing with KIBO is built upon the work of Dr. Marina Bers and her DevTech Research Group (opens in new tab) at Tufts University. The new guide expands upon the research-backed progression established in KinderLab’s Creating with KIBO curriculum, adding many more classroom hours of lesson plans and establishing a clear, progressive scope and sequence built on three themes: powerful ideas in computational thinking, the engineering design process, and social-emotional learning (SEL).
Each lesson includes facilitation suggestions, discussion and reflection prompts, and background information for teachers. The guide is divided into three 20-hour sections—Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced—to support a range of progression models, from kindergarten to 2nd grade.
Growing with KIBO - A Progressive Robotics Curriculum for Grades K-2 is available for pre-order from the KinderLab Webstore (opens in new tab) for a special introductory price of $50. The promotion expires on February 28, 2019, which is also when the guide will be available to ship.
FETC 2019 attendees can stop by booth #2214 to learn more about KIBO and Growing with KIBO - A Progressive Robotics Curriculum for Grades K–2.