We are working with STEM Lab Games to share the Little Engineer interactive game for STEM education. All experiences are ours.
It is great that many interactive games based upon STEM learning are being crated for our children. With such a technology based world we all live in, it super important that we push Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math based learning onto our children. Everything we do revolves around these understandings, and the smarter we become as humans the more sciences will revolve around our lives.
We were recently sent the Little Engineer by STEM Lab games. This fun interactive game was designed with little engineers in mind, perfect for our elementary school aged daughters. While it’s great to be able to teach our kids’ reading, counting, simple math, it’s even more important to teach them about direction and how process works. While we are becoming more advanced as humans, there is a lot of technology out there that makes something a little too easy.
For me as a dad with a little engineering background, it is important I teach my children about how things are more than their end results. As a kid I used to love to take things apart to see how they worked. It was more about just opening them up, it was also about the electronics and mechanical parts that created the product.
I encourage my kids to think the same. Not only do I like to teach them about new things, I also like to make them think and explain to them how things work. Little Engineer helps to teach my daughter about steps and how knowing how to explain things is important for many reasons. From diagnosing problems, to solving problems, and even navigation, knowing how to get from point A to point B is more than direction, its physics.
My 7-year-old Brooklin was the one to play little Engineer and show me what it was all about. She first started by setting up her iPad with the base and video reflector accessory. What make little Engineer fun is how it was more about just tapping a screen. The kit comes supplied with direction tiles that allow her to interact with the game by programming “Q” to go where she says for him to complete his quest.
“Q” is her little buddy who completes the quests based upon Brooklin’s direction and programming. Not only is she having fun doing maps, but she is learning about simple programming, which will greatly help her understand scientific method and steps. Anyone with a background in STEM learning knows that steps and process.
CHeck out this video she made sharing her Little Engineer STEM learning game.
While she programs “Q” through the levels, when she gets stuck, she can think about what she needs to do to continue the path to the end.
Little Engineer offers more than just maps to complete, after completing all maps, she can then create her own maps and missions to challenge her older and younger sister.
It is super important we are working with our kids in all educational categories, and with American being ranked at the top in overall education, we have to start with all our children. We rank really high in education, but that is because education is based upon funding. With learning games like little Engineer, we ca start to teach our kids to think outside the school box, and get them thinking all days not just on school days.
Check out Little Engineer for more about the game and what it has to offer.