databot™ Receives High Honors in the Best STEM Gifts of 2020 Product Review!
With over 12 years of experience and an M.S. in Science Education, Ashley Pereira is an expert in STEM education and STEM careers and consults with schools and programs to create and improve workforce development initiatives. She also authors curriculum materials related to STEM careers. Her website, CareerInStem.com, is a great site for STEM educational resources and was founded in response to the serious shortcomings in resources available to students seeking career information.
Ashley published a blog on the Best STEM Gifts for 2020 in late November 2020 and featured a review of databot™ in which she tested it out with her elementary grade children. The following is the full content of the review, reprinted here with permission. Thanks Ashley for taking the time explore databot™!
Meet Ashley Pereira, STEM Expert, Fearless Explorer of Science, and Mother of Two
Ashley Pereira, STEM Expert and Career In STEM Founder.
When your kids get out of bed every morning and the first thing they ask to do is play with the databot™, you know you have a winner! databot™’s slogan is ‘science on the move’ which is exactly what this super cool toy meets technology offers. On the very first day my two elementary age children and I….
- tested CO2 levels in our breath
- measured UV light near the window vs. a closet
- hiked up the hill to see how elevation changed with the altimeter
- graphed monkey bar action using the gyroscope
- used the light sensor to find the brightest place in the yard
- saw whether it was warmer or colder inside the camper using the temperature probe
- tracked acceleration as databot™ went down the slide
That’s some serious science, all done from home in our pajamas (as you can see in the video )! And the best part was that everything was 100% led by my kids – everything on the list above was THEIR idea to try, not mine! To me that is what makes the databot™ truly priceless – you just can’t put a price tag on getting kids excited about science, making it accessible for students of all ages, and connecting it to the real world (it doesn’t get much more real than your own backyard!) in a tangible way. My son is so excited in fact that now he wants to learn how to code so he can write his own programs for databot™ – one proud momma, one awesome STEM gift!!!!
— Ashley Pereira, Careers In STEM
How databot™ Promotes Data Literacy & Why It's Important!
Data literacy – what is it and why is it important? If you think about the world we live in it becomes evident quickly that the ability to read, interpret, and communicate data clearly might be the most valuable skill on the planet in the 21st century. Self driving cars, autonomous drone fleets, business intelligence that feeds us the exact advertising at the exact time required to convert our purchase – all of this is powered by data.
As citizens of a data driven world it is our responsibility to become data literate to make informed decisions. When students work on data driven activities with databot™, they are building valuable skills in the collection, visualization, and interpretation, and communication of scientific data. These skills are transferrable to all other types of data whether it is business intelligence, Covid 19 statistics, or the latest data from Mauna Loa Observatory telling us our planetary CO2 levels are continuing to rise.
Critical for Careers: A competent grasp of data is probably required to be successful in any career of the 21st century, and one select career track, data science, is growing by leaps and bounds. By 2026 the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be 11.5 Million jobs in data science, and for the past four years running Glassdoor has named data science its number one job. You can read an article with more details here, see some of the top applications of data science in the real world, and also see some of the hefty salaries ($80K-160K average) that employees with this skill set are taking home. Importantly, this all starts with basic competence in data literacy!
…the best part was that everything was 100% led by my kids – everything on the list above was THEIR idea to try, not mine! To me that is what makes the databot™ truly priceless – you just can’t put a price tag on getting kids excited about science, making it accessible for students of all ages, and connecting it to the real world (it doesn’t get much more real than your own backyard!) in a tangible way.-Ashley Pereira
Important Practices to Master: The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are an impressive body of work developed to guide science education for the 21st century. One of the three cornerstones of the NGSS are the eight Science and Engineering Practices that are identified as essential for all students to learn. Importantly, the 4th practice is Analyzing and Interpreting data. Whenever students are conducting data oriented activities such as those using databot™, they are learning to collect and analyze data – an invaluable skill that can be applied to any career of the 21st century. The more comfortable we can make our students when interacting with data today, the more successful they will be tomorrow.
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About the Author
Robert Grover is a proponent of STEAM education and educational technology that helps engage and develop the students of today into the thoughtful leaders of tomorrow.