Educators

At Strawbees we support you to design your lessons including technology and design thinking and empower you to lead your students from ABC to CCC: Creativity, Critical thinking and Complex Problem Solving!

To all the Teacher and Education heroes out there!

First of all - thanks for teaching our kids. Having been first responders during this pandemic and demonstrating what caring means, supporting your communities has taught us something - enormous gratitude for all your hard work.

We participated at one of the largest digital conferences organised by teachers, for teachers around the globe discussing ‘The New Normal’ in education post #COVID19! You can watch the entire T4 conference online here.

There is an even higher expectation and greater demand on teaching in and now remotely from the classroom. From balancing work-life life balance to worrying about the wellbeing of students and the isolation from supporting colleagues or learning new technologies even faster than before -- Strawbees is here to support you no matter what...

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One thing is for sure - ‘The New Normal’ is not just talking about teaching through the screen, it’s about how to use the computer as a tool for learning. We make the learning tools to compliment using the screen with coding, creativity, and innovation!

Our mission is to help educators embrace creative learning -- to achieve this mission, we created Strawbees Learning for you, teachers and educators globally. We base this platform from the approach of learning in kindergarten through Imagine, Create, Play, Share, Reflect, and Imagine -- using the educational pedagogy the Creative Learning Spiral from MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group. With the expanding library of support resources such as ‘How to use Strawbees in your Classroom,’ lesson plans, activities, and explorations you and your students can increasingly engage in complex projects as your understanding of how creative learning grows.

The building system of Strawbees through the connectors, straws, electronic hardware, and code make it easier to ignite your students’ creativity with the intuitive building system of color-coded building pieces for creating any project we publish or even for building from imagination.

The process of building with Strawbees revolves around Invention Literacy, a term coined by Jay Silver describes this as, “Invention literacy is the ability to read and write human made stuff, from toasters to apps.” Inventors don’t perform magic. Understanding the world around us means being able to deconstruct it as building blocks of inventing. Viewing the building blocks such as vocabulary, grammar, spelling and sounds help us understand what we read to make sense when we write and create with our hands. When familiar with these basic building blocks, such as mechanisms, movement, construction, design, electronics, programming and anything relevant to the project idea we want to create - then we can interchange these blocks together in innovative ways to make something new!

When students are creating a structure from the STEAM School kit, adding a servo motor, lights and touch sensing with a program to control the motion of a mechanism from the Coding and Robotics with Quirkbot School kit the inventing process already started. Strawbees offers you a great tool to coach students not just what buttons to push or what the correct sequence is to move a robot across the room, but much more. “Learning by doing isn’t good enough. Learning by trying is the future,” as mentioned by Erik Thorstensson. It encourages each and every student to take ownership of their learning by trying. As a result students grow to understand that it is okay to fail and gain confidence in finding creative solutions. Imagine a classroom full of completely different robot solutions to the same challenge!

We put together some interesting resources on this Educator page including projects shared by other teachers, Robot racer sketches drawn by students, and teacher testimonials who already are using Strawbees.

 We look forward to working with you! Let us know what else you need, we’re always happy to help!

Stay curious,
Strawbees Education Team
educator@strawbees.com

Below is a short introduction video that shows what Strawbees is about:

STEAM Learning for the classroom and beyond

Designed with enough materials for creative and collaborative learning in all classrooms, libraries, and afterschool programs. Flexible group sizes for engaging 10-40 students.

Strawbees Learning

Strawbees kits are supported by an online learning platform that was developed with input from teachers and offers lesson plans that include:

  • Recommended activities for skill development
  • Guiding questions to enhance learning
  • Ideas for shepherding group dynamics and team learning
  • Assessment tools

While Strawbees lesson plans can be used as-is, they also invite innovation. Each lesson is designed to be agile and Strawbees wholeheartedly encourages creative adaptations of the curriculum. Strawbees lesson plans are meant to be informed starting points for you to meet the unique needs and interests of each child and class. Try new things, build on these ideas, and share what you discover!

Activities for getting started in the classroom

Build the Platonic Solids

Build the shapes that have intrigued philosophers, mathematicians and scientists for centuries.

Create a Robot Racer

Build a robot that walks and then try to make it run.

Build a Robotic Crane with BBC micro:bit

Use the Robotic Inventions for micro:bit to automate the mechanical movements of a crane.

Strawbees CODE

We also provide the tools for engaging coding experience. Our coding platform Strawbees CODE features three ways of programming:

  • Flow programming
  • Block programming (powered by MIT Scratch)
  • Arduino Text programming

We are the only company providing 3 different approaches for coding, allowing endless progression possibilities.

Learning with Strawbees

Project-Based Learning

Engage students with bridge-building, mechanical arms, egg drop challenges, and more.

Flexible
Lesson Plans

Pieces are color-coded to make it easy to follow the included lesson plans. The kit can also be used straight out of the box for open-ended building. 

Unlimited fun

Connectors and straws are reusable, so when you’re finished building, you can disassemble and start a new project.

Skill Development

Students can practice problem-solving skills through building and modifying increasingly complex structures.

Award-winning

What teachers say

We learned about this toy at a Geek Girl event this summer. We bought this set after my daughters, 10 and 6, had shown strong interest in playing with it. I love how simple this kit is and the endless possibilities it has.

★★★★★

A great open-ended toy for kids
Ashley Waring, STEM educator
Alabama, USA

What do I love about Strawbees? They empower students to create what's in their mind without any predetermined outcomes. All the components of the design process are there for teachers who want students to take control of their own learning outcomes.

★★★★★

Brian Jones, an extremely dedicated STEM teacher
at Los Alisos Middle School
Norwalk, CA

Used as a Makers Day and worked perfect for the elementary students!

★★★★★

Great quality
Amanda Mortimore, administrator, US

“It was one of the most fun days in school!”

If kids have fun in school with Strawbees we make the teachers job a little easier, don’t we! Imagine a classroom with not only one but 30 different robots!

A 9-year old Swedish pupil writes in her essay: ‘this was one of the most fun days in school ever!!’ Strawbees was made with kids and made for kids! Our mission is to let kids create by giving them engaging and creative tools to solve the problems of tomorrow! Moments like these are priceless and so rewarding.

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