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.
An excerpt from Fast Company’s award announcement:
For the past five years, Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards have honored the businesses and organizations driving change in the world. This year, the entries reflect a range of exceptional work helping to fight the pandemic and to support people during the crisis—and the necessity of rethinking how society emerges from the past year better than before. We received more than 3,000 entries, an all-time record. The 34 winners and hundreds of other finalists—selected by Fast Company’s editors and reporters—represent the kind of innovative thinking that will help us channel the optimism and hope of this moment into a better future.
Imagine if you could make learning to code more fun… more like recess. That’s what Unruly Studios has done for teachers with Unruly Splats, the first STEM learning tool that combines coding with active-play. They are programmable floor buttons that students code to light up, make sounds, and collect points when stomped on. Students code the rules to create games like whack-a-mole, relay races, and dance competitions that they can play in-person, and now completely virtually as well.
This summer, Unruly Studios released the Unruly Splats App, a fully virtual coding platform for teaching students to code active games in-school, at home, or in a hybrid model. The new app is also cloud-connected, which allows teachers to access student work remotely and for students to collaborate on the same game remotely.
Unruly Splats are used by K-8 educators to teach kids critical problem solving skills and advance their social and emotional learning (SEL) through physical play and collaboration. A school membership for Unruly Splats costs less than a dollar per student per year and includes continuous tech support and training to ensure teachers are empowered to incorporate STEM learning into their classrooms.
Cathy Truesdale is a pre-K to 4th grade Music Teacher at Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida. When her school started coming back to the classroom, Cathy still had to figure out alternatives to singing and playing musical instruments. Instead, Cathy’s students coded the Splats to play different musical notes and stomped on them to make music! Here is a video of it in action!