At NUSTEM we’re new to the SAM Labs system, which is designed to make it super-quick to lash together Lego or cardboard engineering contraptions which you can control and code using the incredibly slick programming system.
We’re really impressed with the thought and care that’s gone into SAM Labs… but we’ve not used it much yet ourselves. Rather than have it sit on a shelf here, though, we’d like your help – so if you borrow it, please let us know how you’ve used it, and how your students got on with it!
The programming system works on laptops and tablets, including iPads.
SAM Labs have a bank of lessons plans and teaching resources for Key Stage 2, covering both learning to code and STEAM-influenced design/technology learning. They also have an excellent overview of the system.
We have a classroom kit (pictured above), which has enough bits for around 10 groups of students to build and code buggies with light sensors and coloured LEDs. We also have a ‘STEAM kit’ which adds a bunch of sensors and extra motors – perhaps best suited for explorations by a STEM club?