What if your child’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination could be sparked by hands-on learning using a video game platform in the classroom? Today Nintendo announced Nintendo Labo Classroom Program, a partnership with Institute of Play that brings Nintendo Labo kits into elementary classrooms to teach basic principles of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). Through this partnership, Nintendo is providing Nintendo Labo: Variety Kits and Nintendo Switch systems to 100 participating classrooms to reinforce STEAM skills and foster communication, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. Curious how you can get Nintendo Labo in your school for free? Keep reading!
Parents: Before you groan and worry that your already screen-obsessed child will get even more screen time at school, I can personally attest to Labo being a great example of productive screen time that inspires curiosity, creativity, and imagination in all ages but it gets kids making, playing, and discovering that is essential to childhood and learning.
- If you’re excited about bringing Nintendo Labo Classroom Program to your child’s classroom, you can encourage your child’s teacher to apply here!
Teachers: Wondering how you can bring Nintendo Labo Classroom Program to your classroom?
- Public and private school teachers can apply before November 1 and keep reading for more information!
- If you don’t have students in those grade levels, stay tuned! Nintendo will be publishing their teachers guide for Labo as a free download later this fall!
Today I had the opportunity to speak with Cindy Gordon, Vice President of Strategic Communications for Nintendo and and Arana Shapiro from Institute of Play about this groundbreaking partnership that came to life after Institute of Play experienced Nintendo Labo at a pre-launch preview event. Cindy said the Institute of Play shared enthusiastic feedback about Labo as a classroom tool to foster communication, creativity, creative thinking, problem solving, and collaboration.