Dremel and MyStemKits Turn Content-Backed Edtech Into Reality
The following is an excerpt from an article published in EdSurge highlighting MyStemKits and Dremel. The article, entitled “How Edtech Companies Are Getting a Foothold in the Classroom,” was written by Julie Willcott and published Feb 11, 2017. You can read the full article here.
No matter the product, edtech entrepreneurs share one bottom-line goal: sell their stuff. But how can they begin to build the trust and relationships that are crucial to product development and student success?
An answer to that lies in the partnerships between companies and the schools they sell to. At this year’s Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Fla., companies ranging from robotics to assessment tools showed up to share how they plan to bridge this gap. Here are some of the ways edtech companies say they are working with educators to create—and sell—products that succeed in the marketplace and the classroom….
Providing Classrooms with Content to Turn Edtech Into Reality
There’s a lot of excitement these around gadgets like drones, 3D printers and robots. What often goes overlooked, however, is the need to pair innovative hardware with curriculum that teachers can use in the classroom.
One edtech company that saw this demand early-on and has since bundled its product with classroom curriculum is Dremel, which sells in-home and in-school 3D printers. The Dremel Dream package offers STEM curriculum for grades K-12 along with 10 different design challenges like pencil catapults and reusable emergency water filters.
In addition, Dremel has partnered with MyStemKits, which provides instructional curriculum for 3D-printable parts. MyStemKits pairs physical models with curriculum to support learning for a range of content from biology lessons on blood types and DNA to physics lessons on rocketry and ramps. The curriculum includes teacher guides with learning objectives, guiding questions, best practices, student handouts, and assessments.
By providing curriculum and lesson plans with an edtech product, companies like Dremel offer teachers support to better implement the product in the classroom.