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A new book makes the case for Lifelong Kindergarten

In Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play, MIT’s Mitchel Resnick argues that people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively. (The book will be available in Summer 2017.)

Resnick is an expert in educational technologies at the world-renowned MIT Media Lab. He has worked closely with the LEGO toy company for thirty years, collaborating with them on the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits.

He leads the team developing the Scratch programming software and online community, and he is cofounder of the Computer Clubhouse project, a network of after-school learning centers for youth from low-income communities.

According to the publisher’s description of the book:

…most schools focus on teaching children to follow rules and instructions…[but] To thrive in today’s fast-changing world, people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively—and the best way to do that is through a kindergarten-style approach to making, experimenting, and collaborating, just as children do in traditional kindergartens.

Resnick discusses new technologies and strategies for engaging young people in creative learning experiences. He tells stories of how children are programming their own games, stories, and collaborating through remixing, crowdsourcing, and large-scale group projects…By providing young people with opportunities to work on projects, based on their passions, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit, we can help them prepare for a world where creative thinking is more important than ever before.

We at STEM Reads endorse the concept of lifelong kindergarten. Imagination, we believe, is an essential precursor to and companion of creativity. That’s why a primary goal of STEM Reads is in fact to promote lifelong play and creative thinking by employing the magic of books to stimulate children’s imagination.

STEM Reads boxes that explore math, computer coding, plant science, space travel, snow science, and soon, space rocks, are available at www.stemreads.com/shop/all Use the codes SPRING10, SPRING20, or SPRING30 to save 10% (for one box), 20% (for 2 boxes), and 30% (for 3+ boxes), while supplies last.

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