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Just Launched! Splats App 3.0
Just Launched! Splats App 3.0
What’s the #1 component of a great app? SPEED! (But for all those who said dad jokes, we see you.) Speed is precisely what our product engineers focused on in our latest app update, and thanks to their behind-the-scenes work, Splats App 3.0 is faster and higher performing. But that’s not all the good news. With Splats App 3.0 running like a Corvette engine, we also implemented several new app features crowdsourced right from our community of educators.
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The People Have Spoken: The 3rd Annual Unruliest Educator Awards are In!
The 2023 Unruliest Educator Awards are in, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate these Unruly innovators, dedicated advocates and often-understated everyday heroes. Thank you to the 1,370 friends and colleagues, who voted on the Unruliest among us. These classroom and district leaders stepped out of their comfort zones to get ahead of the in-demand skills of the modern economy for their students. We celebrate these winners for challenging themselves today to ensure an easier future for their students tomorrow.
How to Secure School Funding for STEM Education in These 5 States
If you’re an educator or a district leader, navigating school funding can be a daunting task. Here is a list of the top five largest states that provide resources for technology and computer science education in K-12.
2023 Unruliest Educator Awards
It’s the most Unruly time of the year! Our Unruly Educators are always impressing us as they continue to be UNSTOPPABLE. They never skip a beat…even if sometimes they really want to. Take a look at the 2023 nominees and join us in celebrating their accomplishments by casting a vote for your favorites.
How Nova Scotian Students are Learning Through Play & Code
One of the most effective ways to engage students in the academic experience is through play. Countless studies have shown that play is fundamental for childhood development and remains important even in adulthood. And while traditional wisdom would have us confine play to recess or gym time, we are learning more about how play is actually a useful tool in all areas of education, including math, English, science, and other subjects.
How Principals Can Support Teachers — Compare Your Strategy to 500 Others
As the 2021-2022 school year is wrapping up, many teachers are eagerly looking forward to a relaxing summer break. School may not be in session right now, but it’s still a great time for administrators to rethink their strategy for supporting and retaining teachers. With the teacher shortage still growing and residual pandemic burnout in the mix, teachers need to know that the school administration has their back.
3 Math Activities to Gamify Your Elementary School Classroom
At Unruly Splats, we know that student engagement is the key to student academic success. One of our favorite ways to keep students engaged in the classroom is by using games. Students, especially younger children, respond well to the levity and fun of educational games.
How Educators Can Add Routines to the School Day
Routines are of the utmost importance for healthy childhood development. They give kids structure, purpose, and predictability. When educators implement routines in the classroom, they offer students a safe environment in which to learn– all the more important in schools. Let’s explore some more of the benefits of routines for children before we share some ideas for how to incorporate routines into the school day.
Brain Break Ideas for Elementary School Classrooms
We often hear from teachers that the school day feels too short for them to fit all the material they need to cover with their students. With all that’s expected of today’s children, and the importance of standardized assessments, it’s an understandable sentiment! But for kids, with their growing brains and impatient personalities, the school day can feel overwhelmingly long. That’s where brain breaks— short, preferably physically active breaks from school lessons— can be useful for students and teachers alike.
Easy Steps for Cultivating Resilience in the Classroom
Today we’re discussing resilience in the classroom. Resilience is a characteristic that gives a person the ability to ‘bounce back’ from failure, work hard with little reward, and persist even when things are tough. Also known as grit, resilience is a skill that each of us can train and improve, in order to better tolerate discomfort in the process of achieving our goals.
Elementary School Activities for Cross Curricular STEM
It’s more important than ever that students receive a high quality STEM education! The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that STEM-related careers will grow several percentage points faster than non-STEM occupations over the next decade. STEM subjects encourage analytical thinking, problem solving, and creativity— three characteristics that make them well-suited for cross-curricular education.
Playful Learning Activities for Elementary School
For children, who have experienced significant disruptions to their education over the past two years, play can be a way to reconnect with fun during in-person learning. Playful learning uses play as a core strategy to help students grasp concepts, learn information, and explore possibilities. It isn’t a distraction from normal lessons, but rather, lessons that take place in a more hands-on, playful format to keep kids engaged in the learning process.
Coming in Hot! 🔥 The Unruly Educator Awards Winners of 2022!
Educators do it all: teach, nurture, coach, support, innovate—all during a pandemic! Unruly Studios is proud to recognize a few educators from our incredible community for their efforts in bringing STEM, fun, and play into their classrooms and schools.
2022 Unruliest Educator Awards
It’s the most Unruly time of the year! Our Unruly Educators are always impressing us as they continue to be UNSTOPPABLE. They never skip a beat…even if sometimes they really want to. Take a look at the 2022 nominees and join us in celebrating their accomplishments by casting a vote for your favorites.
3 Strategies to Increase Teacher Retention
2021 has brought many changes for the better in the United States. Widespread vaccine accessibility has improved health incomes and slowed the spread of COVID-19. Despite the rise of the Delta variant, there are plenty of signs that things are changing for the better. Still, hopes that teachers could return to ‘old times’ have somewhat faded with new challenges like making up for missed learning time.
The Get Active Coding Challenge with Pro-Football Cornerback Jonathan Jones
We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with New England Patriots cornerback and two-time SuperBowl champion Jonathan Jones for our Get Active Coding Challenge during Hour of Code! Through this partnership, our mission is to make computer science more accessible and fun so that all students have the opportunity to learn to code.
Three Benefits of Collaborative Learning in the Classroom
The education landscape has seen many changes over the last several decades. Technology has upended so many of the norms of education and brought more possibilities to the classroom than ever thought possible. More widespread and affordable access to educational technologies has led to a decline in so-called traditional learning.
South Euless Elementary is Jumping into Learning to Code
We are thrilled to see schools using Splats as a back to school tool to raise engagement, learn code, and have fun this school year! South Euless Elementary is a model school for how to use Splats to create a culture of learning how to code.
Active Play Makes Learning Fun
As a third-grade teacher with 29 energetic students, I have first-hand experience on the importance of allowing time for play during the school day. But how do our students get that hour per day if they only have 30 minutes of recess a day and PE once a week? We can incorporate active play into our classroom.
The Top Bananas of Go Bananas!
Back-to-school can be a hectic but exciting time for students, parents, and educators. To help support the ease of back-to-school and make it the most fun ever, we hosted an engaging and playful coding competition called GO BANANAS!
3 Reasons Play-Based Learning in Primary Schools is Important
Play is an integral part of the learning process for kids. Studies have shown that play helps children develop creativity, learn how to engage with their environment, and practice emotional resilience. Researchers have also found that a lack of adequate play time can have a negative impact on a child’s cognitive development.
Where Does Coding Fit In? Principal Survey Shows How Schools Integrate Computer Science Education
To understand where STEM and CS fit into priorities for the current school year, we surveyed 600 school principals as well as district technology and curriculum leaders. Our findings indicate that most schools are not where they want to be, with 85% of respondents saying they do not consider their school or district to be a leader in STEM and computer science education.
5 Easy Ways to Increase Student Engagement
Educators know that student engagement is key to student success. We know that with students around the country returning to in-person class this fall, many educators are interested in using new techniques to seize this opportunity to engage their students in their education. Here are five student engagement strategies you can use to make your material accessible and fun for students.
Teacher Feature: Angela Towner Mertz
Go Bananas! is the ultimate back-to-school coding competition and Angela Towner Mertz from Academy Adventures Midtown is going for the gold — AKA TOP BANANA 🍌🏆 We wanted to put a spotlight 🔦on Angela's classroom as she prepares to sky rocket 🚀 student engagement with coding, active play, and collaboration during Go Bananas!
Go-To Educational Apps To Make Learning Fun
Educators across the country are currently preparing for the start of a new school year. With the chaos of the past year and a half of pandemic education, these educators are understandably wary of what this school year has in store. According to Edweek.org, teachers list the loss of math and social-emotional learning (or SEL) skills to be among their top concerns. Here are a few educational apps to teach your students math, SEL skills, and more!
Why Digital Equity is Important in Education
Digital equity means making sure that all students have access to the technology they need to succeed. This means identifying when students have limited access to technology, whether at school or at home, and helping them secure reliable technology. But digital equity isn’t limited to things like laptops or internet access. It also means ensuring that students have opportunities to learn and practice technology-related skills.
The Importance of STEM Education
STEM education is more important now than ever before! Not only does it prepare students for one of the fastest growing job sectors in the country, but it also provides an intellectual foundation of inquiry, analysis, and problem solving.
Now Introducing Our NEW Unruly Portal Updates
We are going bananas 🍌 over new Portal features that will make block-coding a breeze! The latest Unruly Portal is a one-stop shop for your cross-curricular coding resources with engaging coding activities and unlimited Unruliness!
4 Ways Play-Based Learning Supports Student Growth
Those of us who work with children know just how important physical activity and play is for childrens’ physical and mental health! Not only does play help strengthen muscles, it also encourages positive socialization and SEL.
Winchester Public Schools Advances METRICs Program with Unruly Splats
Winchester Public Schools is our latest Unruly certified school, and we could not be more thrilled! to integrate computer science and active play throughout the school day. Educators from John Kerr Elementary and Garland Quarles Elementary have been pioneering this initiative with Unruly Splats.
4 Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom to Empower Students
While some educators and students are looking forward to in-person learning, many are reflecting on lessons learned. And if there is one thing schools have learned in the last year, it’s how to overcome the challenges of integrating technology into the classroom.
Wetzel County Schools is Using Splats in PE Class
Unruly Splats are breaking down the barriers of coding school-wide! When Short Line Elementary School transitioned back to in-person learning this spring, PE teacher Mrs. McSweeney had a new activity planned that combined active play with learning to code.
Teacher Feature: Cathy Truesdale
This week's teacher feature is Cathy Truesdale! She is a Music & Performing Arts Educator at Canterbury School in FL. For almost 30 years, Cathy has brought music and joy to all learners! Now, with some help from Splats, she's bringing computer science into her classroom, too! (That's 🎵 to our 👂👂)
4 Ways Educators Can Lean into Student-Led Learning
Teaching a classroom full of students with different interests, talents, and strengths, is one of the many challenges every teacher faces. That’s one reason why student-led learning is so valuable; when done properly, it can encourage students to be more self-directed in their learning, freeing up valuable time for their teachers to oversee the class and ensure student success.
Teacher Feature: Deb Dixon
Our next teacher feature of the month is Deb Dixon! She is a Library Media Teacher at Winter Hill Community Innovation School in MA. She has been an Unruly Educator from the very beginning and is always stepping up to the plate by looking for new, fun, and engaging ways to incorporate Splats into the school curriculum!
Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards 2021
We’re honored that Unruly Studios has been recognized in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards for 2021! Unruly Splats received an honorable mention in the Education category among other amazing organizations like UNICEF, Stanford, Microsoft, Google, Duolingo, and Quizlet.
Teacher Feature: Ashley Fort
Our first teacher feature of the month is superstar Splatter, Ashley Fort! She is a digital learning coach at Lexington School District 3 in South Carolina. Ashley is a Splats pioneer who is always creating amazing teacher resources and modifying Splats games that align with the Common Core!
Gold Stevie® Award Winner for Best Cross-Curricular Solution in the Education Industry
Unruly Studios works alongside educators to help incorporate STEM and computer science into any classroom curriculum. We are proud to announce these efforts have been recognized and we are honored to be the recipients of the Gold Stevie® Award in the Cross-Curricular Solution category in The 19th Annual American Business Awards®!
The Unruliest Teacher Appreciation
There is nothing we can say to justify the chaos educators undergo on a daily basis and the constant resiliency that is expected from them. One week is not enough time to praise educators for all that they do so we are making it Teacher Appreciation Month!
How a School for the Blind in Texas is Empowering Students with STEM
As an educator, there is nothing better than seeing a student grow and overcome a challenge. Erin Shadwick, a special education teacher from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, supports student growth by providing and modifying STEM games to meet each student's specific needs. Since introducing her students to STEM, her students' cognitive and critical thinking skills have improved tremendously.
We’ve Partnered with KABOOM! To Help End Playspace Inequity
It’s March, the one year anniversary of when schools across North America shut down to prevent the spread of a global pandemic. Teachers, parents, and EdTech providers like ourselves are going to every length to prevent learning loss, a reality that will impact generations of children for years to come. But learning is not the only thing that’s been lost.
EdTech Award: Tech & Learning 2021 Award for the Best Remote & Blended Learning Tools
The play never stops at Unruly Studios and we are thrilled to announce that we are recipients of the Tech & Learning 2021 Awards for the Best Remote & Blended Learning Tools! When schools moved to remote learning, our team got to work to create content to support teachers and students learning from home.
Combining STEM Education and Active-Play at Hawaii Leilehua Complex Schools
We at Unruly Studios are very excited to announce our new partnership with Hawaii’s Leilehua Complex Schools to incorporate STEM education across classrooms. The goal is to incorporate cross-curricular STEM and play across their district by having students code their own active games using Unruly Splats.
10 Tips for Student Engagement During Virtual Class
Finding your new systems to increase student engagement as we round to almost a year of teaching a virtual class has taken some trial and error. If you have not figured out your groove on how to teach a productive virtual class, we got you covered! We asked our Unruly Educators their tips for increasing student engagement while teaching online and here is what they said.
The Importance of Play During COVID and Virtual Class
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
2021 Best Resources to Teach Coding For Kids
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. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
‘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.