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How Can I Improve My Child’s Critical Thinking Skills?

Using information available, combined with skills acquired, can help make good decisions. That’s the basic process of critical thinking. Critical thinkers can solve problems by keeping a clear mind and rational thoughts that will help you analyze a situation and make a sound decision.
Two girls work together on a laptop; Javascript text is on the chalkboard behind them.
At HomeSphero Staff

How Can I Improve My Child’s Critical Thinking Skills?

Using information available, combined with skills acquired, can help make good decisions. That’s the basic process of critical thinking. Critical thinkers can solve problems by keeping a clear mind and rational thoughts that will help you analyze a situation and make a sound decision.
A boy builds a littleBits Doodle Wizard invention in his classroom.
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STEM Teaching Resources

STEM teaching is the hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics concepts, and it’s becoming an increasingly important part of modern-day education. STEM skills grant students the 21st-century abilities needed to perform a wide range of both essential and highly-skilled jobs.
A man holds a small sign that reads "Don't be afraid to fail."
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Why Failing is Important in Education

Risk-taking, leaping, trying again, and failing are part of our genetic material. Without it, humans would not have inhabited every corner of this planet. Oftentimes we can see failure, particularly in exams, as negative — one of the worst things we can allow students to experience. But what if we allow students to fail in a safe space and make learning a personal endeavor?

An Earth Day illustration on April 22 on a calendar.
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4 STEAM Activities To Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day STEAM activities can teach children that they can play an integral role in making the planet healthier. Since 1970, people of all ages have celebrated Earth Day every April 22nd. As our planet continues facing water scarcity challenges, climate change, and more, Earth Day's message is more important than ever.
A young girl codes her Sphero Mini Golf ball with a tablet.
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When’s the Right Time To Teach a Kid How To Code?

In today’s digital world, learning to code and being familiar with coding concepts are crucial parts of a child’s education. In addition to the practical applications for coding, it also provides a framework for kids to become familiar with using technology, solving problems, and applying critical thinking skills from an early age.
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10 Real-World Coding Examples That Save the Day

While fictional superheroes can use their otherworldly abilities, impressive gadgets, and tingling senses to save their universe, being able to save the real world takes more than being bit by a radioactive spider or calling Krypton home. It takes coding.
Celebrate National Robotics Week by building a custom robot with Sphero RVR.
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4 Activities To Celebrate National Robotics Week

National Robotics Week is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the world of robotics with students of all ages. The following STEAM and robotics activities serve as a springboard for inspiration and introduction to this exciting field.
A student uses block coding for kids in the Sphero Edu app to program a Sphero BOLT robot.
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What is Block Coding for Kids?

Learning programming gives kids critical skills in an increasingly digital world, but standard text-based programming languages can be a challenge for people of all ages. Block-based coding can be the solution that makes the learning curve more gradual. Not only is it fun to learn, but it also provides a sound foundation for learning other programming technologies.
A girl wearing headphones works through her hybrid learning classes on her laptop at home.
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Hybrid Learning: An Educator’s Guide

When it comes to modern education, hybrid learning continues to grow in popularity — and for good reason. Providing the best of both traditional classrooms and virtual settings, hybrid learning allows students to receive flexible curriculum delivery that meets their individual learning styles and unique needs. 
Young boy coding Sphero Mini on his tablet through salt and pepper grinder.
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Six Ways Coding, Computer Science & Robots Empower Children with Autism

Can coding benefit autism? If the increased focus on computer science and coding skills in schools gives any sign, it’s good for kids in general. But there’s something extra that makes learning to code for children with autism even more worthwhile. 
Students engaging with a Sphero BOLT programmable robot in the classroom.
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The 3 Best Programmable Robot Kits for Beginners

We’ve compiled a list of our three favorite programmable robot kits for beginners so you can get started as soon as the delivery driver knocks on your door. Let’s explore each robot for kids more in-depth to learn what you can do with it! 

Webinar: Power Up Secondary STEAM Learning
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Webinar: Power Up Secondary STEAM Learning

Need fresh ideas to spark inspiration to implement STEAM in your secondary classroom? In this 45-minute webinar, we will explore ideas to create and sustain momentum around STEAM education in the upper grades. 
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Top 10 Robots and STEM Kits for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

With the U.S. Department of Education prioritizing STEM education and adding mandatory computer science curriculum in many states, it’s no wonder educators are focusing on these principles in their curriculum.[1] The best coding robots for kids are available for every grade level and age group, so parents and educators are equipped with a kit for every child to best learn computer science.