InkSmith is pleased to announce their collaborative partnership with Fair Chance Learning to expand robotics and student achievement in the classroom with the k8 Modular Robotics Kit. This partnership will effectively deliver more k8 robots into the hands of students and provide enriched professional development and curriculum resources for educators across Canada.
Fair Chance Learning is an organization that was founded to give every student a fair chance to reach their full learning potential. In order to do this, Fair Chance Learning creates and delivers meaningful professional learning to inspire and empower educators using technology and modern pedagogies in the classroom.
Like Fair Chance Learning, InkSmith believes that every kid should have a shot at learning and doing the things they might be amazing at. Through this collaborative partnership, InkSmith will work with Fair Chance Learning to introduce even more students to coding and give educators the necessary resources to make coding and robotics an effective part of teaching Computational Thinking and 21st-century skills in the classroom.
“Our team has been eager to include robotics-driven learning into our service offerings, but until now we hadn’t found a robot or robotics partner that fit our criteria for use in education,” says Dustin Jez, Co-Founder of Fair Chance Learning, “The InkSmith k8 Modular Robotics kit breaks down barriers to integrating robotics into the classroom with its affordability and ease of while enabling greater student learning for all students”.
The InkSmith k8 Modular Robotics kit was created with the goal of providing a fun and interactive way for students to learn and explore the world of coding and robotics. Powered by a BBC micro:bit, the k8 robot helps students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and a range of other global competencies.
“If properly harnessed, robotics in the classroom fosters creativity, builds character, instills programming knowledge, and - my favourite – promotes a culture of teamwork,” says Martha Jez, Co-Founder of Fair Chance Learning. “Robotics requires a range of skills which promotes an environment for people with different talents, and allows students who might otherwise struggle to learn in a traditional classroom setting the opportunity to thrive.”
InkSmith and Fair Chance Learning are excited about the opportunity to expand the possibilities of the BBC micro:bit through the k8 Modular Robotics kit. The k8 robot will give both students and educators a whole new way of learning and coding with their micro:bit. Equipped with 2 sonar sensors, 3 infrared sensors, and the ability to radio control with another micro:bit, the k8 robot provides a tangible way for students to interact with their code in the real world.
“Our team is really excited to partner and work closely with Fair Chance Learning in the years to come,” said Jeremy Hedges, Founder and President of InkSmith. “It’s always been very clear to me that we share a common vision for how we want to see education grow to support kids here in Canada and around the world”.
For more information about this partnership or the k8 Modular Robotics kit please contact the InkSmith team. To learn more about Fair Chance Learning please visit their website.