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The Importance of Play During COVID  and Virtual Class
The Importance of Play During COVID and Virtual Class
February 5, 2021
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Since the start of the new school year, some schools across the US have transitioned to in-person learning, but many are still fully virtual or hybrid. The challenges of a virtual class are well-documented, but what often goes unmentioned is the importance of physical activity, social and emotional learning, and well… play!
Unruly Studios Brought Cross-Curricular Learning to the FETC
Unruly Studios Brought Cross-Curricular Learning to the FETC
February 3, 2021
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The Unruly Team had a blast at the annual Future of Education Technology Conference this year. FETC was virtual this year and ran from January 26-29. Unruly Studios brought the Unruliness at our virtual booth and presentation about tips on cross-curricular learning involving coding with our special guest and winner of the Unruliest Techie Award, Dr. Cory Gleasman. 
The Votes Have Been Tallied: Unruliest Educator Awards Results
The Votes Have Been Tallied: Unruliest Educator Awards Results
January 15, 2021
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Now more than ever, we need to celebrate the wins of our Unruly Educators! We had 26 nominees and tallied 850 votes and we are excited to announce the winners of the Unruliest Educator Awards.
2021 Unruliest Educator Awards
2021 Unruliest Educator Awards
December 14, 2020
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2020 has been a wild ride! 😅The year has been throwing curve balls in all directions and our educators have caught them all. As the year comes to an end, we want to celebrate some of our Unruliest Educators with the Unruliest Educators Awards! 
 Unruly Fall Fitness Challenge: Final Standings
Unruly Fall Fitness Challenge: Final Standings
December 10, 2020
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As the Fall Fitness Challenge comes to a close, you might be thinking, “Which school won the legendary Golden Splat?” The Unruly Fall Fitness Challenge was a fitness extravaganza that got students coding and moving whether they were virtual, in-person, or hybrid. Five schools definitely brought the fire! 🔥
Unruly Splats Hour of Code Launch
Unruly Splats Hour of Code Launch
December 9, 2020
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Every December, classrooms around the globe celebrate the power of scientific inquiry and technology through Computer Science Education Week, also known as Hour of Code! This unique digital event asks teachers to take one hour out of their class to help students discover the joy of coding.
Self-Care Tips for Teachers
Self-Care Tips for Teachers
December 7, 2020
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We know winter can be a tough time for teachers, who are feeling exhausted from a semester’s work: Add a pandemic on top of that, and suddenly everything becomes much harder! From the pros at Unruly Splats, here are 4 self-care tips for teachers that will hopefully reduce feelings of stress and burnout, as well as a downloadable checklist to keep you on track.
How to Use Unruly Splats for Virtual and Hybrid Learning
How to Use Unruly Splats for Virtual and Hybrid Learning
November 24, 2020
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There is plenty of research out there showing computer science is a really important skill for students to learn early, just like other STEM subjects! The trouble for educators is, there's only so much time in a day to teach all of these important subjects, especially during a pandemic! We gathered the stories of three Unruly educators, each with a unique vision of how to incorporate technology and computer science in their classrooms during virtual or hybrid-learning.
The Unruly Fall Fitness Challenge Begins Nov 4
The Unruly Fall Fitness Challenge Begins Nov 4
November 10, 2020
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As the weather gets colder and fewer outdoor activities remain available, it is often challenging to stay motivated to do physical activity! This year, Unruly Studios is fighting fall fatigue with the launch of the Unruly Fall Fitness Challenge!
How to Teach About Voting with Unruly Splats
How to Teach About Voting with Unruly Splats
October 28, 2020
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As ballots are cast in the US Presidential election, teachers may be wondering how they can incorporate the importance of voting into the classroom. Unruly Splats is excited to release three new voting activities called “Vote Splats” to introduce students to the different voting methods.
New Spooky Splats Coding Game for Kids
New Spooky Splats Coding Game for Kids
October 26, 2020
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It’s that time of year when the leaves turn, the wind howls, and things go bump in the night... Don’t worry. That’s just the sound of kids playing with our new Spooky Splats coding game!
The Unruly App 2.0 for Virtual and Hybrid Learning
The Unruly App 2.0 for Virtual and Hybrid Learning
October 14, 2020
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At Unruly, we believe in continuous innovation and improvement, especially when it comes to feature requests from our customers. This week we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the new and improved Unruly Splats App 2.0! Students use our web app or iOS app to code the rules that make physical and virtual Splats light up, make sounds, and sense when they are pressed or stomped on.
How to Combine Music and STEM Activities for Kids
How to Combine Music and STEM Activities for Kids
October 8, 2020
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Cathy Truesdale is a music teacher based in Florida who’s been using Splats for in-person and remote learning this year. Hear her insights from leveraging Splats to combine coding, music, and play in her hybrid and distance learning classes. Many music teachers are coming up with innovative ways to work with their students, given that in many instances, they aren’t able to sing or play instruments in person or in class. 
3 Popular Hybrid Learning Tips for Educators
3 Popular Hybrid Learning Tips for Educators
October 2, 2020
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As one educator said in our 2020 school year study, “learning is itself social.” Hybrid learning is a way to maintain the benefits of in-person collaboration while having a significant portion of the work done remotely. It also serves students’ social-emotional learning to socialize and work together, so providing time for safe, in-class interaction is a bonus for mental health. We have 3 tips for making this form of blended learning the most effective it can be and plenty of resources to help you implement it.
4 Energetic Distance Learning Lessons for Back to School
4 Energetic Distance Learning Lessons for Back to School
September 15, 2020
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All of our latest activities are designed to be student-facing with step-by-step instructions that work in remote, in-person, or hybrid learning environments. These 4 popular activity packs combine the fun of active, physical play with cool coding and technology concepts. If this sounds like a classroom environment you’re looking forward to creating, read on!
4 Fun-Packed SEL Activities for Back-To-School
4 Fun-Packed SEL Activities for Back-To-School
August 14, 2020
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At Unruly, we believe play is the key to connecting students, whether your class will be in-person, virtual, or hybrid. Play encourages students to expand their social emotional learning by demonstrating skills like good sportsmanship and effective communication. We break it all down in our latest blog with insights from administrators and educators planning for the upcoming school year as well as activities to encourage social emotional learning, and finally a new way to prioritize play!‍
3 Ways To Use Unruly Splats for Hybrid Learning
3 Ways To Use Unruly Splats for Hybrid Learning
August 4, 2020
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If one thing is certain about the upcoming school year, we know it will look different than anything we have experienced before. Many administrators are exploring the return to school as one of three options: in-person instruction, online instruction, and a mixture of both. The last option is what many are referring to as a hybrid model, part in-person instruction and online learning. As schools debate the best approach to bringing students back in the fall, we’re here to share a few quick resources to make hybrid learning more fun and engaging!
How Somerville Brought Fun, Social STEM Learning to their District
How Somerville Brought Fun, Social STEM Learning to their District
July 6, 2020
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Somerville Public Schools was one of the first school districts to incorporate Splats across their schools and curriculum. Jason Behrens, their District Innovation Specialist, led this program and decided to start at Winter Hill Community Innovation School. Now, Somerville Public Schools use Splats in all eight schools across the district in PE, Computer Science, Library, and some after school STEM programs. 
Building Fun Fitness Games with Splats
Building Fun Fitness Games with Splats
June 30, 2020
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At Unruly Studios, we’re all about seeking new ways to combine physical fitness with playful games that challenge kids to think critically and problem solve on the go. In our latest STEM and Fitness Activity Pack, we’ll explore all these elements and more to get fitness and fun back on track!
How Implicit Bias in Education Impacts STEM
How Implicit Bias in Education Impacts STEM
June 15, 2020
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The Unruly team stands against the discrimination and violence against Black communities in recent days and throughout history. We affirm Black lives matter, and we must take action against systemic racism. We know that as a company, we are not doing enough to support Black Lives Matter and anti-racism. We want to start by committing to both improving our own internal policies to combat discrimination and to provide external resources for our community of educators and students.
Summer Camp 2020: How Circuit Lab Brings Play to STEM Camps
Summer Camp 2020: How Circuit Lab Brings Play to STEM Camps
June 8, 2020
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As school breaks for the summer, sunny days are calling students to kick back, relax, and enjoy the nice weather. Along with all that fun in the sun, many students and their families look forward to summer camps as a way to help bridge the gap between school ending for the summer and starting in the fall. While this summer could look very different due to social distancing, research shows that high-quality summer learning programs improve students’ math and reading skills and build critical social emotional skills according to the National Summer Learning Association.
4 Interactive Coding Activities for Kids
4 Interactive Coding Activities for Kids
May 19, 2020
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Today we rely largely on cell phones and the internet to communicate, connect with friends and family, and share the latest TikTok dances. Keeping in touch wasn’t always this easy. Take your class on an Unruly adventure back to the turn of the 19th century to learn about the early days of modern communication with the latest Unruly Morse Code Activity Pack! 
The 2020 Unruliest Educator Awards
The 2020 Unruliest Educator Awards
May 11, 2020
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Educators are masters of innovation and adapting, so when things don’t go as planned we turn to them to see how they are navigating new challenges. We’ve heard from many Unruly educators that are excited to explore new technologies and utilize the ones they have to engage students remotely. Since the month of May is teacher appreciation month, we wanted to highlight some of the Unruly Educators that have inspired us and embody the true meaning of unruliness...
3 Creative STEM Activities for Learning At Home
3 Creative STEM Activities for Learning At Home
May 5, 2020
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With many schools still closed across the country, we know it’s challenging to connect with students and offer meaningful engagement. This is especially true for those students who rely on music education to get them through the school day. That’s why this week, we released a new set of Musical Splats activities that mix STEM and music for students to get down to the beat at-home. 
Get Unruly in the House with Virtual School Resources
Get Unruly in the House with Virtual School Resources
April 27, 2020
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Educators across the globe are working overtime to figure out new and creative ways to switch to virtual learning and connect with students remotely. To help educators during their transition to virtual classrooms, the Unruly team put together two free initiatives to bring fun STEM activities to students at home!
E-Learning: 5 Pro Tips for Running a Virtual Class
E-Learning: 5 Pro Tips for Running a Virtual Class
April 7, 2020
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Over the last few weeks, educators around the world have quickly adjusted their curriculum and assignments for e-learning. Despite the challenge, the education community is coming together online to share ideas and resources so they can continue providing education from wherever their students are. The team at Unruly Studios had a chance to speak to many educators these last few weeks to gather their tips on e-learning and running a virtual class.
Home Education: 4 Creative Ways to Mix STEM and Play
Home Education: 4 Creative Ways to Mix STEM and Play
March 24, 2020
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As teachers and parents navigate new ways to teach at home, we wanted to provide a few creative ways to mix up STEM learning through movement! 
Learning Through Play: Bring Serious Fun to Your STEM Education
Learning Through Play: Bring Serious Fun to Your STEM Education
March 18, 2020
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When you look back at your childhood, what are some of your fondest early memories? You may remember playing hide and seek in the backyard with your neighbor or relay races with friends from school. These are the moments where kids have complete freedom to use their imagination and creativity. Whether that is saving the world from a fire breathing dragon or escaping an enchanted forest so they can be home in time for Mom’s special spaghetti and meatballs.
Get Unruly with Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Get Unruly with Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
March 10, 2020
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Throughout history, kids of all ages and personalities naturally gravitate to playing games. Whether it is creating obstacle courses on the playground or building a magical fort in the living room, creativity and playfulness is something that we are born with. It is a way for kids to connect with each other, work collaboratively, create friendships, and have fun! Today, we call this social emotional learning (SEL). SEL is the ability for kids to manage their emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, and create strong relationships.
How To Get Started With Coding For Kids
How To Get Started With Coding For Kids
February 20, 2020
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From smart phones and the Cloud to GPS and video streaming, computers and other digital technologies are definitely an ever-growing part of our modern world. As the job market for computer programming continues to grow, elementary and middle schools across America are working to incorporate coding for kids in their curriculum. This can put teachers and educators, who may have little or no prior experience with this subject, in a challenging spot. Luckily, there are a lot of high-quality resources available for educators to draw on, many of which are free to use. To help navigate the many tools and lessons available for computer science for beginners, we put together a list of three of our favorites.
3 Popular STEM Activities for Middle School
3 Popular STEM Activities for Middle School
January 17, 2020
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Instead of having a dedicated STEM or coding class, using games as a way to incorporate STEM-related subjects is becoming more common. In particular, teaching coding through games can introduce students to concepts such as computational thinking and collaboration skills. The problem with some coding activities is it has students working alone, sitting behind a computer. At Unruly Studios, we want students to work together and collaborate on active games that get them up and moving around. 
How To Make Active STEM Programs in Elementary Schools
How To Make Active STEM Programs in Elementary Schools
January 6, 2020
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When Thomas Girolamo (known as Coach G to his students) first started using Unruly Splats in his PE class, he was admittedly nervous. Coach G is an elementary school PE teacher and had no coding experience before using Splats. Learning to code while integrating a new technology in his class felt intimidating. “I’ve never done coding in my life so at first, I was very nervous” he told us.
How One Educator is Breaking the Mold with Computer Science Education
How One Educator is Breaking the Mold with Computer Science Education
December 19, 2019
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It was winter break in snowy western Michigan and I was running wild through my grandparents’ house begging my cousins to chase me. I was a quick witted, boisterous, and maybe slightly obnoxious kid sprinting through the kitchen, and I remember one of my uncles saying, “well they broke the mold with that one”. That stuck with me and now I bring that mold breaking mentality into my teaching practice. 
How to Teach STEM Learning and Coding for Kids
How to Teach STEM Learning and Coding for Kids
November 21, 2019
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Michael Fricano II is a K-6 Technology Integration Specialist and Computer Science Teacher, so it’s no surprise that he is passionate about integrating new technology into his class. In his curriculum, Michael teaches coding and computational thinking to his energetic K-3 students. Since most learning takes place sitting still at a desk, he is always looking for ways to get his students more physically active.
Fun, Active Ways to Integrate Coding for Kids in PE Class
Fun, Active Ways to Integrate Coding for Kids in PE Class
October 29, 2019
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It may seem unconventional to teach coding in PE class, but many PE teachers are becoming leaders in integrating STEM with physical activity. One of those educators is Kevin Tiller, better known online as PhysEd Review. Read more about how Kevin Tiller is integrating STEM and coding for kids Iinto his PE class in this blog.
3 Ways to Boost Cooperative Learning with Unruly Splats
3 Ways to Boost Cooperative Learning with Unruly Splats
October 15, 2019
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Cooperative learning is a popular topic in education and a term we hear a lot at Unruly Splats. While Splats integrate computational thinking and active play into a variety of classroom settings, they are also great for enabling cooperative learning. Here’s a quick look at what cooperative learning is, what the benefits are, and how you can think about incorporating some Unruly cooperative learning strategies into your school or classroom.
How to Fund Splats in Your School
How to Fund Splats in Your School
September 18, 2019
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We work with educators every day who are excited to integrate STEM into their school and we understand the #1 challenge can be getting the budget. Unruly Splats can be found in schools in 45 states and counting, even states with modest budgets. If you want to get Splats or any other STEM tool in your school, but are concerned about budget, these Unruly strategies are proven to work best
A Fresh Approach to Coding for Kids with Unruly Splats
A Fresh Approach to Coding for Kids with Unruly Splats
August 27, 2019
Bryanne Leeming, CEO of Unruly Splats
My vision of Unruly from the beginning has been to have kids learning in a fun, interactive, electronic playground where they can experiment and collaborate with each other while gaining problem-solving skills.This is at odds with what I currently see in classrooms; kids stuck behind a computer screen at a desk, trying to memorize rules and facts rather than really understanding how it is applied in context. This led me on a mission to figure out how to build a STEM tool that would enable kids to engage with coding and problem solving in an active way. 
Exciting News for Unruly: We Raised a Seed Round!
Exciting News for Unruly: We Raised a Seed Round!
May 21, 2019
Bryanne Leeming, CEO of Unruly Splats
This is an exciting day in Unruly history - we closed our seed round funding by raising $1.8M! It was a whirlwind journey and we are grateful for everyone we met along the way who made it happen.
Gamification of Coding
Gamification of Coding
February 20, 2019
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Being “Dad” to my two wonderful daughters has been the absolute best time of my life. A particularly fun part of the experience has been the unexpected little life lessons that parenting has taught me along the way. One example of this is the power of playing a game.
Unruly Splats STEM education | Girls In STEM
Unruly Splats STEM education | Girls In STEM
December 19, 2018
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As I watched my daughter play with her Unruly Splats recently, my mind was drawn back to a very interesting Forbes Magazine article that I had read earlier this fall, entitled “Girls, If You Want To Change The World*, Try STEM (*and earn a lot while you do it)”.
Why We Splat | STEM Education for Kids
Why We Splat | STEM Education for Kids
December 11, 2018
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Our children are being raised in an entirely different era than we were; With the prevalence of technology, social media, and online interactions, our children will soon be teaching us about technology that will seem to blow our minds. As millennials raising Generation Alphas, we like to think that we are in tune with all of the best tech updates, but I secretly love knowing that my 7-year-old daughter Luna could soon bypass my tech knowledge.
Unruly Studios: The History of Play
Unruly Studios: The History of Play
October 24, 2018
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The incomparable Mr. Rogers once said: “Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” At Unruly Studios, we think that Mr. Rogers was absolutely right about this crucial link between play and learning in kids. This is why our mission at Unruly focuses on empowering children to learn critical STEM skills through active, social play.
Hello World: Unruly Splats and Coding for Kids
Hello World: Unruly Splats and Coding for Kids
October 5, 2018
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‘I am going to follow the rules’ - said no kid ever. We hated rules as kids. We loathed routines. We disliked coloring within the lines. We didn't want to play regular, old tag or four square. We wanted to design our own creations. Draw up our own plans. Make our own rules. We were unruly.

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Unruly Splats is the only coding for kids educational product that combines coding with physically active play! For coding for kids activities that mix PE and STEM, shop one of Unruly Splats membership plans. Each plan includes Splats, STEM activities and lesson plans, and coding activities for kids grades K-8, as well as unlimited seats in the Splats app and warranty. Unruly School memberships have everything you need to get started with incorporating STEM activities in your school. Splats are great for incorporating coding for kids into any STEM or PE class and are meant to be shared across the school!  Use Splats in K-8 STEM classes, computer science classes, library, music, and PE! If you’re looking to take your STEM program to the next level and incorporate coding for kids and play across your school, Splats Memberships have everything you’ll need to get started.