3 STEM gadgets every classroom should use

Study International | January 10, 2020

Motivating school learners to get creative in the classroom, STEM gadgets are proving to be innovative tools for teachers everywhere. Otherwise known as STEM toys, these devices appear on school desks masked in different shapes, displaying varied functionalities. Fascinated by the benefits of these STEM-based sidekicks, The Toy Association (TTA) decided to conduct research into the current role that these toys play in the classroom, and how they may benefit schools in the future. In their white paper, TTA revealed that problem-solving skills, creativity and socio-emotional skills were all boosted by the integration of STEM gadgets and learning in the classroom.

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ReadSpeaker | November 22, 2021

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Learnfully | December 13, 2021

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Everspring | March 02, 2022

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