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Tech & Learning Awards UBTECH Education ISTE Best-in-Show Awards

Tech & Learning recognized Yanshee and UKIT curricula as two of the most outstanding edtech products at ISTE 2018.

UBTECH Education, a division of UBTECH Robotics dedicated to promoting STEM and computer science (STEM+C) education through interactive robotics, is the winner of two Tech & Learning International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Best of Show awards.

UBTECH’s UKIT robotics supplemental STEM curriculum solution and Yanshee coding education robot received the prestigious awards at the 2018 ISTE conference in Chicago.

Tech & Learning’s ISTE Best of Show awards recognize the educational technology products that will have the most impact in the classroom. A panel of anonymous educator judges determine awardees based on the products’ quality and effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology.

“It’s a great honor and a tremendous validation of our approach to have won these two awards,” said Jeff Piontek, head of education at UBTECH. “UBTECH Education has a passion for immersing students in hands-on learning and encouraging them to think outside the box so they can develop real-world skills that solve real-world problems.”

Tech & Learning Recognizes UKITs’ and Yanshee’s Power to Transform STEM Instruction

The UKIT program combines modular robotics construction with engaging, hands-on STEM+C curriculum. It differs from other supplemental STEM curriculum solutions by offering both high-quality modular builds and expert-authored supporting curricula that embody the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Written and reviewed by a team of NGSS contributors, the UKIT curriculum includes activities that cultivate 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, creativity, team-based work, and use of technology.

Yanshee, a 15-inch, open-source, educational robot, promotes flexible computer science education by allowing students to program it in multiple languages, including Java, C, C++, Blockly, Perl, and Python. Yanshee’s iOS and Android app is a game-like environment that lets students program the robot to use its sensor packs to sense its environment and gather data.

“Once again, the ISTE show floor was inundated with edtech—from the latest in makerspace gear to sophisticated upgrades of district-wide enterprise assessment software,” said Kevin Hogan, Tech & Learning’s managing director of content. “Our expert panel of judges kicked the tires on all of it. It’s a yeoman’s task and the winners should know that the honors are legitimate.”

ISTE 2018 Best of Show winners will be highlighted in the August 2018 issue of Tech & Learning. A full list of winners recognized at ISTE can be found at https://www.techlearning.com/ed-tech-ticker/t-l-announces-iste-best-of-show-winners.

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