Play2Learn will develop educational content and lesson plans, supported by a Raspberry Pi based do-it-yourself computer to improve the efficiency and competence of teachers in delivering subjects extending past their present knowledge (e.g. programming) and enhance their understanding on how to effectively engage children to the learning process through educational hands-on play.
The lesson plans will be delivered using the Play2Learn Kit which the teachers will learn how to build and configure and a series of electronic circuits which will interact with the Kit’s computer for enhancing understanding of children with respect to programming concepts (for example loops) and STEM subjects (for example the Doppler effect). Using the Raspberry Pi based do-it-yourself computer of the Play2Learn Kit and Minecraft Pi edition and Scratch 2.0, the teachers can co-create educational games and programmes with the children and in the process all of them learn how to program and enhance their STEM skills.
The Play2Learn hands on play approach which bridges online and offline activities is an effective, fascinating and motivating way to introduce kids to coding while it integrates all STEM fields: mechanical, electrical, engineering, computer science, technology, maths and science and promotes other employability skills needed such as problem solving, group work, leadership, creativity and initiative.