STEM Kit Bundles Electronics for Young Student Projects

A Chinese company that provides electronic components for maker projects is bundling a small set of color-coded modules with lessons for the classroom. The Seeed Studio Grove Zero STEM Starter Kit comes with a main board, a power board, five sensors and two actuators, as well as how-to instructions to help teachers and students aged eight and older plug and play as they learn about electronics, programming, design thinking and logic. The product will be available starting Oct. 10 and will cost $99.50.

<p>A Chinese company  that provides electronic components for maker projects is bundling a small set  of color-coded modules with lessons for the classroom. The <a href="https://www.seeedstudio.com/edu/grove-zero.html" target="_blank">Seeed Studio Grove Zero STEM Starter Kit</a> comes with a main board, a power  board, five sensors and two actuators, as well as how-to instructions to help  teachers and students aged eight and older plug and play as they learn about  electronics, programming, design thinking and logic. The product will be  available starting  Oct. 10 and will cost $99.50.</p>  <div class="imageCap fullWidth"><img alt="" src="http://placehold.it/644x400" /> <p>Components  of the Grove Zero STEM Starter Kit include a main board, power board and seven  other functional microcontrollers.</p> </div>   <p>Each  module in the kit is preconfigured with code that runs when the units are  snapped together magnetically or that can be reprogrammed through a graphical  application included with the kit (Module Matcher) or with <a href="https://makecode.com/" target="_blank">Microsoft's  MakeCode</a>. The  software is compatible with Windows and macOS.</p>  <div class="imageCap fullWidth"><img alt="" src="http://placehold.it/644x400" /> <p>Seeed's  Module Matcher software provides a visual form of programming that is  downloaded to the main board for playing when it's completed.</p> </div>  <p>The  curriculum includes instructions for eight different projects, including  visualizing sound, creating a worm bot and setting up an "angular  guitar." Each project is expected to take between 90 and 120 minutes. (It  should be noted, however, that in its current shape, the content needs  copy-editing for grammatical blunders.) The teacher's guide is openly available <a href="file:///C:\Users\Dian\Downloads\GZ%20STEM%20Starter%20Kit%20Teacher%E2%80%99s%20Guide.pdf">on Seeed's website</a>, as is a "<a href="file:///C:\Users\Dian\Downloads\GZ%20STEM%20Starter%20kit%20Students%E2%80%99%20Invention%20log%20.pdf">student invention log</a>."</p>

Components of the Grove Zero STEM Starter Kit include a main board, power board and seven other functional microcontrollers.

Each module in the kit is preconfigured with code that runs when the units are snapped together magnetically or that can be reprogrammed through a graphical application included with the kit (Module Matcher) or with Microsoft's MakeCode. The software is compatible with Windows and macOS.

Seeed's Module Matcher software provides a visual form of programming that is downloaded to the main board for playing when it's completed.

Seeed's Module Matcher software provides a visual form of programming that is downloaded to the main board for playing when it's completed.

The curriculum includes instructions for eight different projects, including visualizing sound, creating a worm bot and setting up an "angular guitar." Each project is expected to take between 90 and 120 minutes. (It should be noted, however, that in its current shape, the content needs copy-editing for grammatical blunders.) The teacher's guide is openly available on Seeed's website, as is a "student invention log."

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Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.