Generic STEM Programme
The XinaBox team has been running school STEM programmes since 2015, and in 2018 took STEM into the arena of Internet of Things (IoT).
Through a collaboration with partners, XinaBox promotes easy drag-and-drop programming at schools.
Research is showing that by 2020, over 80% of jobs will be STEM related. Employers are finding it difficult to hire the rights skills to support growth and expansion, and this will become a greater challenge with time.
Focus Beneficiaries – Students at Primary and Secondary Schools.
Primary Benefits – Fun, impactful, practical experiments learning coding, IoT, big data, all connected to STEM school subjects.
Differentiator – projects end up in space.
Long-term value – XinaBox hardware is used from school to university to the STEM industrial environment, thereby making learning at a young age applicable for life.
Delivery - The programme is designed to be delivered at schools and science centres, at a community level. The STEM programme is facilitated by teachers, using a STEM School Kit and accessing support from online resources (this wiki, videos, discussions etc.).
- Space IoT STEM Kit - The XinaBox STEM kits are sold through the online XinaBox store. The kits include bridges to Raspberry Pi, micro:bit and all IoT single board computers.
- STEM programme content - Wiki and video content to assist teachers and parents with facilitation.
- Learning Management System - content and access for teachers to design their own courses and to track student progress.
- Coding - the XinaBox team will ensure all the xChips supplied have libraries for code development, as well as links to the drag-and-drop programming environment. Classroom experiments are available too.
- Customisable dashboard - Dashboard that can be customised, for data display, download and analysis.
- Support, global collaboration forum - Discussion groups for collaboration, identification of new experiments and overcoming problems and challenges.
Workshops can be facilitated by parents, teachers and trained facilitators. Additional components and sensors can be added through online purchases at XinaBox.cc.
Initially, the learners engage with their XinaBox components to build their EnviroSats to study the weather and environment in the Troposphere.