SPACEBLOCK® was exhibited at the STEM Fair, a STEM workshop for female elementary and middle school students jointly organized by the Japan MIT Association and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
AVAD's SPACEBLOCK® was exhibited at the STEM Fair held on August 6th, organized by the Japan MIT Association, the alumni organization of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Japan, and Tokyo Institute of Technology. The STEM Fair was aimed at female students from 5th grade to 8th grade and took place within a STEM workshop.
AVAD aims to expand opportunities for children to discover their potential and develop strong determination. Through services like the programming tool "SPACEBLOCK," AVAD contributes to the advancement of STEAM education and inquiry-based learning.
In the modern context, there is a growing focus on the low representation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields in terms of education and employment. Some studies suggest that one of the factors contributing to this situation is the influence of teachers and parents in schools and at home. To address the gender gap, educators and parents need to be aware of their attitudes. For insights into a STEM workshop exclusively for girls and the thoughts put into the planning by the Japan MIT Association, you can read the event report article at the following URL:
Date: August 6th, 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Venue: Tokyo Institute of Technology Kura-mae Hall
2-10-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
• About Japan MIT Association •
The Japan MIT Association is the alumni organization of MIT in Japan, consisting of undergraduate alumni, as well as Master's, Ph.D. graduates, educators, and participants in short programs. With over 2,000 members, it is the largest alumni organization outside the United States. The association's mission is to facilitate deeper connections among individuals who have experienced various aspects of MIT and continue to contribute to society while maintaining ties with MIT. The organization is run by dedicated volunteers, including directors, auditors, council members, and members of the secretariat and has a history spanning 112 years.
• About SPACEBLOCK®
In recent years, there has been a strong emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education in educational settings. STEAM education breaks traditional boundaries between subjects like humanities and sciences, encouraging students to explore real-life problems and their solutions across five interdisciplinary subjects. An integral part of STEAM education is "computational thinking," the ability to logically consider various elements and steps to achieve a goal. SPACEBLOCK nurtures computational thinking in a playful manner through dedicated microcontroller boards and visual programming. It is a valuable tool that fosters the essential aspects of STEAM education: "agency" and "enjoyment."