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Hawaii Leilehua Complex Schools Introduce Unruly Splats to Engage Students in STEM and Active-Play

Unruly Studios announced a partnership with Hawaii’s Leilehua Complex to incorporate STEM education across classrooms. Teachers and students will have access to Unruly Splats, programmable floor buttons that students can code to light up, make sounds, and collect points to play games like whack-a-mole, four corners, or any game of their own making.

“Unruly Splats break all the rules of traditional computer science education by getting students out from behind the computer screen and engaging with each other,” said Grant Toyooka, a resource manager for the Leilehua Complex. “This is the first STEM learning tool I’ve seen that combines computer science with social and emotional learning. The ease of use and playful exterior of Splats help to demystify computer science for students as well as teachers, making them easy to integrate into any classroom.”

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Unruly Splats will be part of the Leilehua Complex library system’s growing resource center of hands-on technology including computers, microscopes, and 3D printers. Teachers at Leilehua High School, Wheeler Elementary School, and Solomon Elementary School will begin incorporating Unruly Splats into their classes this spring.

“Unruly Splats are an exciting addition to our library, which serves as a center of learning and exploration for our entire community,” said Jenny Yamamoto, a Library Media Specialist at Leilehua High School. “As more classes transition back to in-person, teachers are coming to the library looking for tools just like this to engage their students both mentally and physically.”

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The Leilehua Complex will receive 24 Splats through its annual Unruly Splats membership. In addition, teachers will have access to continuous technical support, coaching, and resources developed by education and curriculum experts at Unruly Studios.

Unruly Splats are designed to help schools fulfill a wide range of high priority learning objectives including:

  • Cross-curricular STEM learning: A Gallup study found that 9 in 10 parents want their kids to learn computer science in school. Unruly Splats allow teachers to incorporate STEM into any subject, including general education, PE, and even music!
  • Breaking down barriers in STEM by combining coding with play: The games kids play with Unruly Splats encourage physical movement, helping to combat a decades long drop in active-play for children exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • Collaborative games that connect students virtually and in-person: A cloud-based app allows kids and teachers to code and play games with Unruly Splats, no matter the setting: in-school, virtual, or hybrid.
  • Inclusive activities rooted in the CASEL framework for SEL: Activities focus on the core CASEL competencies of social and emotional learning including self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

“Our goal is always to make working with Unruly Splats just as much fun for the teachers as it is for the students,” said Bryanne Leeming, CEO and founder of Unruly Studios. “We are looking forward to supporting the Leilehua Complex’s ambitious vision to integrate coding into classrooms at all grade levels and to break down stereotypes around what it means to learn to code.”

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