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Play Is Serious — Must-See Booths at ISTE 2015

29 Jun 2015 by Robyn Itule

One of the widely adopted philosophies of early childhood education is learning through play. Based on the showing at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia, learning through play is clearly a method for kids big and small. Some of this year’s booths feature fun and interactive approaches to learning that attendees are having a lot of fun toying with.

  1. Lego Education (Booth 1800) — Everything is awesome at booth 1800. The classic childhood toy merges engineering and maker concepts that are big trends at ISTE 2015. Lego has brought the Mobile Learning Playground to this year’s conference for attendees to enjoy themselves and give educators STEM tools to bring back to class.
  2. VEX Robotics (Booth 1200) — There’s no disguising these robots, and who would want to? VEX, an educational and competitive robotics products maker, features robotic solutions for elementary through high school. Their booth showcases a robotics playground where machines show off their configurations and capabilities.
  3. Plasq (Booth 1334) — “KaPow!” “Bam!” Plasq are the creators of Comic Life, an app for students to generate comic strips and graphic novels. Because sometimes, communicating the impact of an idea or lesson requires a “KaPow!” to really punch things up. The app maker offers a free 30-day trial on their website.
  4. Pitsco Education (Booth 2038) — STEM solutions abound at ISTE 2015 this year, and Pitsco is showcasing some really engaging ones at their booth. With robots, dragsters and alternative energy focuses, this company is showing off kits and curriculum that are highly hands on.

Insight’s own booth (2600) has a playful theme this year — “play ball” to be specific. Dr. Ricardo Valerdi spoke about the science of baseball and incorporating STEM themes into sports through a program with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jeff “Frenchy” Francouer of the Philadelphia Phillies will be coming by the booth on June 30 to meet fans and sign autographs, talk about America’s past time and maybe even rattle off some statistics.