OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The pandemic is creating an educational challenge for many kids as they struggle with home learning.
Now, there's a program here that's helping them catch up, especially when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The Beanstack learning program, which focuses on STEM learning, is now available at metro-area libraries and at Do Space. Beanstack is an online program that offers kids STEM learning in the comfort of their own home.
The activities are designed for individuals, families or classrooms. Although used mainly by kids, there are adult programs as well.
Teachers have the option of designing their own challenges. It even incorporates familiar and popular social media sites such as Zoom and YouTube.
The interactive programs can give kids a first-hand, out-of-this-world experience like a virtual trip to Mars and learn about what life is like there.
“We have provided some opportunities for kids to code their own games, to make their own emojis, to bring a drawing to life. We also provide links to our different programs we host here at Do Space on Zoom and on Twitch. Our computer programming classes are always the most popular," said Allison Bartlett, director of community learning at Do Space.
The success of Beanstack is due to the programs being easy to understand and customized for various grade levels. To make things even more interesting, they have added challenges where kids can earn prizes.
You can sign up for Beanstack through your local library or by visiting Do Space.