We’re home now from our week at ISTE 2016 in Denver, and we've unpacked and sorted through our bags of brochures, flyers, cards, and catalogs. For STEM and MakerEd aficionados, this was our year and our conference. Manufacturers and developers are catching on to and up with the STEM and Makerspace movement. They are understanding that innovation is not a moment of exception in the world of education, but a real pedagogical movement!
For classrooms, schools and districts seeking the right tools for this work, here are some exciting new tools that were talked about and demonstrated at ISTE 2016:
Circuitry and Electronics
Chibitronics Circuit Stickers -- “Materials and techniques for blending electronics with traditional arts and crafts media to create personally meaningful technology and new media for self-expression.” Although we’ve been using copper tape, batteries and led lights for our projects, these kits provide all a young maker needs to build an understanding of circuitry while merging art and literacy into the work. Back in Durham, we were able to use our kits this week at Camp TechTerra. Huge success!
SAM Labs Internet Connected Electronics Kit -- “Wireless blocks and drag-and-drop app allow anyone to learn the basics of programming and become an instant inventor.”
Little Bits Electronic Building Blocks -- “Color-coded, magnetic, reusable.” Not new to makers, but the Pro Library that Little Bits had on display was impressive and expansive.