Get Unruly in the House with Virtual School Resources

April 27, 2020

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 three free initiatives to bring fun STEM activities to students at home!

1) Unruly Splats Coding App Open to Teachers & Students

In addition to our Unruly COVID19 Educator Grant, educators and students now have free access to our entire online learning platform and virtual activities for students.

The Splats app enables students to code their own games and music with a virtual version of Splats. The Splats app is compatible with an iPad or on a laptop with a Chrome browser. Here are the simple steps to access the Splats app online to get moving and coding:

virtual school coding with splats web app
The Splats coding app is free and available to anyone with an iPad or Google Chrome Browser on a laptop

  1. Open the Splats web app on Chrome browser or download our iPad app.
  2. Create a profile as either an Educator or a Student. No student information is collected. 
  3. Create a profile name.
  4. Choose a profile avatar. 
  5. Skip the connection screen. This is for connecting physical Splats!
  6. Test out a virtual lesson and get your Splat to light up, play sound, count points and create timers!

You can save games in the browser and access them again later as long as you use the same browser. Be careful not to clear your cache or you may lose your saved games. Students can also download their code and send it to their teachers for feedback.

virtual school coding guide for virtual splats

2) Get Unruly In the House with Virtual Activities!

To get started, check out our Unruly in the House resources with training videos and virtual coding activities to send directly to students. To bust boredom at home, download the Virtual Splats guide and invite students to explore a set of coding activities led by Crash, our goofy gorilla. Crash loves to dance, so the first set of activities are designed to make music and have Crash going bananas for the beat. Students code music with virtual Splats, and you send us the code for Crash to dance to! The activity pack is easier to follow than doing the floss blindfolded and is sure to delight students and their parents!

We can’t wait to hear about your experience and see how you're bringing a little Unruliness to students learning from home. We welcome your feedback, please reach out to us on twitter @unruly_studios with the hashtag #WeAreUnruly with any questions!

virtual school musical splats activity

3) The Unruly COVID19 Educator Grant 

We are excited to announce our Unruly COVID19 Educator Grant. Through this initiative, we are giving away 500 2-packs of our STEM learning product, Unruly Splats, to educators across the US and Canada. Grant winners will receive 2 Splats, virtual coding activities to use with students, online coaching, and a 3-year warranty.

With Splats, students can code the rules that tell Splats when to light up, make sounds, and collect a point when they are stomped on! Using an iPad or Chromebook with the Unruly app, students create games like whack-a-mole, relay races, or race-in-place to name a few.

Many teachers, like all of us, are thinking ahead for when the world returns to normal. They are planning for when schools reopen and kids can play together again, and having physical Splats at home helps kick-start the excitement by going back to class with cool new learning opportunities. With access to Splats now, you will be able to introduce STEM to your virtual classroom and start planning for the time when schools reopen.

Any educator can apply to receive 2 free Splats and virtual activities for coding and playing at home.

COVID19 Grant Application Process 

The grant is available to any educator in the US and Canada and it is free to apply! The application is open until April 28th at 12:00pm ET and takes 5 minutes to fill out (less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee!). We have already had over 500 applications and we are shipping out Splats to our first round of grant winners on April 25, 2020. If you are interested in bringing STEM and play to your virtual class, we recommend applying this week while applications are still open. Winners will be announced on a rolling basis!

Imagine a classroom full of movement and activity with STEM and coding learning outcomes tied in. If that sounds like something that would engage your students, then we encourage you to apply for the Unruly COVID19 Educator Grant!

Unruly Studios makers of Unruly Splats, programmable, stompable floor tiles that help kids learn fundamental coding skills through recess-style play. Best for elementary and middle school students from PE to science or coding class, a great addition to the classroom for active STEM coding and play!

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