×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Nintendo Rolls Out Nintendo Switch, Labo Kits to Elementary Schools For STEAM Education

Nintendo and the Institute of Play are making learning fun by bringing Nintendo Labo to elementary schools across the country, according to a Tuesday press release.

The companies are providing Nintendo Labo: Variety Kits and a curriculum for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) for 2,000 young learners, ages 8 to 11,  for the current school year. The companies are currently conducting a pilot program in New York area elementary schools.

Nintendo Labo kits are used to make creations, Toy-Con, which can then be used in conjunction with the Nintendo Switch system. The Toy-Con Garage software introduces basic programming concepts, which users can make their own creations with, from musical instruments to clocks, according to a press release.

The Institute of Play’s curriculum is a play-based learning experience, developed by its team of “educators, researchers, game designers and school leaders,” according to a press release. Arana Shapiro, the non-profit institute’s co-executive director, explained the intent behind using Nintendo Labo for learning.

“We are always on the lookout for new tools and technologies that combine the best of learning with the spirit of play, and in Nintendo Labo we found an inspiring and innovative approach in both areas,” said Shapiro. “Teachers in the pilot program are already seeing the natural fit for Nintendo Labo in the classroom, and now we can bring that dynamic to schools across the country.”

The curriculum intends to emphasize the development of innovative problem solving skills as well as collaboration between students.

After the pilot program, the program will grow to reach 100 schools nationwide. Teachers and schools interested in registering in the program for their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders can register here, and participating schools will be provided Nintendo Switch consoles, Labo Variety Kits, and a teacher guide.

More Gaming

  • Ubisoft to Discuss 'The Division 2'

    Ubisoft to Discuss 'The Division 2' Plans Wednesday

    Ubisoft will spend some time outlining the current status and the future of its online shooter “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2” during a State of the Game livestream on Wednesday, it announced on Twitter. The stream airs at 3 p.m. GMT/8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST. Ubisoft isn’t giving any details about what it will discuss. [...]

  • Just Cause

    'Just Cause' Video Game Getting Movie Adaptation From 'John Wick' Writer

    “Just Cause” is the latest video game getting the movie treatment. Germany’s Constantin Film has acquired movie rights to the “Just Cause” video game franchise and hired “John Wick” creator Derek Kolstad to write the script. Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Prime Universe Films’ Adrian Askarieh will produce the pic with Kolstad, who has written [...]

  • Saint Louis, MO - April 13:

    State Farm Extends its 'League of Legends' Esports Sponsorship Through 2021

    Insurance company State Farm has opted to extend its sponsorship of multiple “League of Legends” esports properties through 2021, according to a press release. State Farm started its sponsorship in 2018, and will continue to support the North America League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), as well as three “League of Legends” esports events: the [...]

  • 'Dauntless' Full Launch Supports PS4, Xbox

    'Dauntless' Full Launch Supports PS4, Xbox One, PC 'True Cross-Play'

    Co-op RPG “Dauntless” gets its full release Tuesday and will support complete cross-play across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, according to a press release. The free to play game is coming out of its beta period with improvements based on the feedback of players. “Dauntless” having complete cross-play functionality at launch is a huge [...]

  • Oculus Rift CES 2017

    'Phantom: Covert Ops' Brings VR Stealth to Oculus Quest and Rift

    Stealth-centric virtual reality game “Phantom: Covert Ops” is coming to Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift devices later this year, and developer nDreams has released new in-game footage giving a glimpse of what is to come. In “Phantom: Covert Ops,” players take on the role of an elite covert operative with a single night to prevent [...]

  • Sony Compares Next Gen PlayStation Load

    Sony Compares Next Gen PlayStation Load Times to PS4 Pro

    A video comparison between the performance of a PlayStation 4 Pro and Sony’s next-generation PlayStation shows off the speed of the latter, as shared by Wall Street Journal reporter Takashi Mochizuki via Twitter on Tuesday. The main focus seems to be the rendering times in the side-by-side comparison, as a countdown appears just above the [...]

  • 'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R.

    'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Consults on Video Game

    George R. R. Martin, the famed author of the “Game of Thrones” book series, has consulted on an upcoming video game currently being developed in Japan, this according to a blog post from the author which lays out the work he is now up to in the wake of the HBO television series finale. “I’m [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content