Teachers and parents will soon be able to spark their children’s curiosity for science, robotics, and creative thinking. An educational online adventure called “Destination: Mars” will help students develop unique skills, such as 3D printing, programming, and engineering, as well as convince young explorers that learning experience can be a lot of fun, and go beyond traditional degree.
Becoming a scientist – it’s not a rocket science anymore
Geared towards nine to 16-year-olds, “Destination: Mars” introduces a cutting-edge concept of STEAM education through a playful and adventurous scenario. The e-learning platform takes children on a 15-hour mission, during which they are introduced to robotics, as well as learn how algorithms and coding work. The course is supplemented by Mars trivia, various facts from science, physics and chemistry fields, and knowledge-testing quizzes, which all together inspire in kids passion and curiosity for learning.
What’s exceptional about Skriware’s platform is that children can design and 3D print their own, fully programmable robot – the Skribot. Ready-to-use blocks set is also available to order through the Skriware’s website for those without company’s 3D printer. During the first mission, students are tasked with assembling the robot and connecting its electronics. From there, together with Skribot, they discover the secrets of the Red Planet, program Skribot to follow the line or avoid obstacles, use a gripper to carry objects around, or send an SOS signal with built-in fully programmable LED diodes. Working in tandem with Skribot and a dedicated mobile application, “Destination: Mars” was designed to bring out students’ natural creativity in a face of a series of challenges that require critical thinking to overcome.
“Destination: Mars” brings the magic of programming and robotics to kids as young as 9, allowing them to freely discover the world of science and learn interesting, often unobvious facts about the Red Planet – says Karol Górnowicz – Skriware CEO.
3D printing hand in hand with STEAM education
Hailing from Warsaw, Poland, Skriware is a 3D printing startup that aims to create hands-on educational experiences in classrooms and beyond. Along with the “Destination: Mars” educational set, the company has created a series of products covering the full process of designing, building and programming robots. Individuals interested in developing their skills in those fields can gain access to Skribots Creator, which is an online prototyping tool, and order one of the Skriware’s 3D printers, which jointly provide a fully immersive play and learn experience.
Skriware’s educational platform was created in cooperation with Dartmouth College – an Ivy League University, The Astro Center at Texas A&M University and EdPlay. The solution is currently tested by young students from all around the world, mostly through Skriware’s partners: Kids Code Fun, CoderDojo, IT for SHE and Perspektywy Foundation. The company has announced that “Destination: Mars” educational set will be available in consumer sales in the coming several months. To find out more, visit: www.skriware.com.
Here you can find the “Destination: Mars” video trailer: