STEM Resource Reviews

Bolt: Is Sphero's Latest Robot Worth the Hype?

Bolt: Is Sphero's Latest Robot Worth the Hype?

With the release of BOLT, Sphero has added some cool new features to their traditional robot design, including an animation matrix, light sensor, and BOLT to BOLT robot communication. They have also updated the Sphero Edu app, so robots can also connect to Chrome, Mac and Windows computers. But at $149.99, are these features worth the extra $20 over the popular SPRK+? Read on for an in-depth look at 6 new BOLT features plus 3 awesome STEM activities for your classroom set!

Basics of Sphero Robotics + 3 Awesome Sphero STEM Activities

Basics of Sphero Robotics + 3 Awesome Sphero STEM Activities

Sphero is a robotics company that makes toy robots (you might have seen their BB-8 design), as well as educational robots to make learning fun! In the world of education, they are known best for their SPRK+ robot, which has already captivated classrooms around the world. Now, with the recent release of their newest robot BOLT, Sphero is continuing to showcase their innovative ideas and the educational value of robotics in the classroom. Read on to learn why I love using Sphero in my STEM program along with my favorite STEM Sphero Activities. And in my next post, I will dive even further into using the new BOLT robot!

Top 35 Amazing STEM Books for Kids

Top 35 Amazing STEM Books for Kids

Summer is the perfect time to read books for your enjoyment, but that doesn’t mean the books you read should not have educational value. Books can provide new perspectives or set new aspirations! Harness the possibilities of the world books open to readers by indulging in STEM books. Whether you will be reading to little ones, recommending books for teens, or diving into books as an adult, there are a multitude of STEM books on the market to suit any interest. We listed some of our favorite STEM books and book series below for you to read this summer or any time of the year.

6 STEM Resource Finds and Takeaways from the NSTA Conference

6 STEM Resource Finds and Takeaways from the NSTA Conference

Instead of spending my spring break lounging on the beach drinking mimosas, I decided to head to Atlanta, Georgia for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference! I mingled with thousands of other educators across the country all passionate about teaching science. As a first-time attendee, here are my takeaways from NSTA including a list of my top 6 STEM resource finds! 

Inspire with 3D Printed Rockets

Inspire with 3D Printed Rockets

Inspiring kids to pursue their dreams in STEM has been our main goal with Vivify. There are now so many resources available to motivate students with hands-on STEM experiences, but how do you find the best ones? We had a chance meeting with the founder and CEO of RocketEd and are blown away by his passion for STEM education and reaching every student through the awe-inspiring wonder of model rocketry!Read on for our interview with Sam Pedrotty of RocketEd to learn about his wonderful company, FREE resources, and great products to use in your home, classroom, or program.