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We’ve Partnered with KABOOM! To Help End Playspace Inequity

Bryanne Leeming, CEO of Unruly Splats
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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. 

The pandemic has resulted in a play deficit for children. A USC study released in October found that 66% of parents with children age 9 to 13 say their kids are getting less physical activity compared to pre-pandemic times. That’s on top of a 50% drop in active play for children over the last 40 years

In addition to the physical health benefits, play with peers is a critical way that children develop social and emotional skills. In a survey we conducted of 200 principals and teachers last summer, more than half said they are prioritizing SEL resources when assessing new tech tools and 90% agreed that collaboration is a priority. 

The pandemic has been even more devastating for the children whose only safe space to play is at school. School shutdowns and social distancing rules have had a disproportionate impact on children from low-income families who tend to live in smaller spaces with more distractions. 

At Unruly Studios, we believe every child deserves a safe space to play. That’s why we are partnering with KABOOM!, a national nonprofit that works to achieve playspace equity. KABOOM! is ensuring that kids have access to and a sense of belonging in a safe place to play by working with communities to build and improve playspaces in under-resourced or disinvested areas. 

 Throughout the month of March, schools around North America are competing in our Stomp Madness challenge to promote play and STEM. For every “stomp” a student makes using Unruly Splats, we will donate 1¢ to KABOOM!. 

Whether students are back in school or still remote, Unruly Studios is committed to helping schools and teachers make collaborative, active play a priority.

Stomp Madness and KABOOM!

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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