Don’t know your STEM? Crammer class from leader in the STEM movement
For parents and educators, it’s really important to keep up to date with what children are being taught and the effects on their future career paths. The term ‘STEM’ is currently very popular in education circles – but what does it mean? Where is it from? How does it affect children’s education and careers?
In this podcast, the inventor of Simbrix, Assim gets a valuable insight into STEM from Andrew B. Raupp, the CEO and founder of the thought leader and educational training company STEM.org. This is a ‘must listen’ podcast for parents, educators and suppliers to the education industry.
The inventor of a new pixel brick toy gets interviewed by the 4th grade children at the Neil M Ross Catholic Elementary School, Alberta, Canada.
In an effort to help his pupils make the connection between the lessons at school, need for creativity and resilience, Mr Sean Bass their teacher and leader of innovation in teaching for the Albert school district, invited Assim Ishaque, the inventor of Simbrix over to talk to his class via video conference call.
In this fifth podcast, Minecraft – what non players need to know!
As a parent of three fanatic Minecraft players and inventor of toys that this community seem to love – its time that I got into this game and found out why they love it so much.
Minecraft is one of the most popular online games, creating a virtual world from little graphical blocks. Created in Sweden in 2011 by a clever chap called ‘Notch’ it was bought by Microsoft making him very rich man!
I’ve seen my children build log cabins, fly around castles and farm animals. Whilst they clearly enjoy inside Minecraft, playing for far too long, my wife and I have sometimes struggled to get them off for dinner time and ‘living’. So I wanted to speak to some experts of this phenomenon to understand why its so absorbing.
Not only is it so immersive for so many people (of all ages), schools are also adopting it with an educational version of Minecraft in their teaching of science and technology – so its important that I know what they are doing. As it’s a ‘social’ game connected with many millions of players around the world – I also need to know that it is a safe environment and that my children know how to stay safe.
If they were spending as much time learning and instrument or being in a team sport, I would certainly know a lot more than I do about their time on Minecraft – so this has to change.
In this podcast, you will hear me talk to my 12-year-old daughter, Sara about her fascination with Minecraft. I talk to her (nearly 18 year old) brother Haris – on why he still playing with it – most importantly – HOW TO GET HIM OFF IT FOR DINNER TIME!
Finally, you will here me speak to Jarrid, Simbrix Creative Director, who has been playing with Minecraft since it was in ‘alpha’ mode – before it was even released to the general public.
I learned a lot from these conversations and have feel more comfortable about ‘parenting’ with Minecraft taking up a part of their time.
The Simbrix podcast with Michelle is a Teaching Assistant at Primary School in Nottingham:
Michelle is a Teaching Assistant at Primary School in Nottingham, married with two children.
She explains how Liam was drawn to Simbrix in a Harry Potter theme ‘comicon’ festival and found something that continually brings him moments of calm – especially important for him as he is being assessed as being on the Autistic spectrum.
In this second episode, Michelle explains how she has been using Simbrix to help some children open up about their emotions.
The shapes and colours of the brix engage her student and help to break the ice and build trust between the educator and pupil.
We get to hear how Simbrix is not just a toy, but as an important tool in Michelle’s kit bag to help the students become their best and find inner calm – a real ‘connect and wow’ moment
In the third podcast, We talk about the fidget spinner craze came and went in 2017. Michelle tells us how pupils at her school reacted to them and why they were liked. We discover that ‘craze toys’ are not always useful for growing curious minds.
She explains how Liam, her son and self-confessed super fan, found comfort in Simbrix during a short hospital stay and how they provide a lovely calming effect for the parents as much as the children.
We often get asked about the ‘instructions’ for Simbrix – or lack of them, but it seems that children have their very own unique view on instructions….fascinating. Hope you enjoy this as much as we have.
In our final podcast with Michelle, a teaching assistant and mum of two boys, we talk about what drew them into Simbrix and how we compare with Lego.
As a Tiny toy startup, we have a learning about the importance of ‘creative play’ for children all abilities. In busy modern demanding lives, we often forget that children need time to ‘discover’ and build the skills that set strong foundations for lifelong learning.
In this final part of our conversation with Michelle, we get to hear how Simbrix has become ‘more than a toy’ and playing an active role in learning, creativity and even improving ‘fine motor skills’. We end with the big question – what do Michelle’s students prefer – Lego – the legendary multinational toy company or Simbrix – toy start up…. Hmm
Best Toy (not just) for kids to get their creativity going!
“I was one of the lucky people who got to meet the creator, Assim, while he was still attending various arts and crafts fairs around Nottingham trying to raise awareness of his product, long before the Kickstarter campaign.
The product fascinated me from the beginning, especially its ease-of-use and the versatility, so I signed up for the newsletter. I almost missed the Kickstarted campaign (the email went to my other inbox), but managed to pledge two days before it finished, and am very happy I did!
It was the first ever Kickstarter campaign that I backed, and because I live locally in Nottingham, Assim himself brought me my Creator kit at around 9.30pm and even took a picture with me as the last campaign backer (I wonder what happened to that horrendous pic with me in my PJ’s?).
I have no kids, yet I bought the kit for myself as it’s absolutely fabulous! The pieces actually stay together once put together, no need to iron or hold them together (but you can iron them if you want). You can pick up the final image without it falling apart, but when you’re ready to do something else with the brix, they come apart very easily.
The color range is great, the brix are easy to use and the whole thing is just amazing! This product allows anyone to get creative without it getting boring, and without using technology of any kind. Simple and fun!
Definitely, recommend for anyone who is fed up with kids (both big and small) spending all their time on their phones/tablets/computers without using their creativity to make something new.”
– Maggie L
“Trialed at a recent meet and bought a pack for my daughters 6th birthday. She’s enjoying them so much, they’re not as ‘delicate’ as iron together beads where you have to use tweezers and balance the beads on a peg (my daughter struggles with that level of dexterity and concentration) These simply slot together, and once your picture is made you can just break it up and start again, amazing value for money.
The only downside is the inspiration ‘sheets’ at the meet they had A4 printouts of pokemon items and Minecraft and we can’t seem to find any like it, however, I’m off to by a bigger kit with the daughters birthday pennies”
Simbrix – Less frustrating and fiddly than Hama beads/ Quixels
“My son has only recently jumped on the Quixels/ Hama beads bandwagon, but having just given birth, I quite often find I’m not available to iron his designs immediately, which leads to disappointment.
I was so pleased to stumble across these while shopping online for his Birthday. They provide us with the perfect stop gap while he waits for me to iron something, and also allow him to trial his Hama and Quixel designs in a non-permanent way, before making his final drafts in fuse beads.
We often find with the Hama beads that his designs get knocked off the boards, so we’re loving the interlocking nature of his Simbrix and find them much less frustrating and fiddly all round. Thank you for coming up with them! :)”
– Kelly Gray
Highly recommended – A great gift idea!
“A very clever product – both my 7-year-old girl and my 11-year boy love playing with them. The pieces lock together to make all sorts of creations by either following picture guides or coming up with your own designs. Highly recommended. We have bought more for presents!”
“Brilliant Idea, kids loved them and played for hours. The best bit is you take them apart and start all over again.”
– Kim Hathaway
Simbrix Cute Kit Amazing
“Omg, these little bricks are amazing. Bought for my daughter (13) and she loves them they connect so easily and more importantly stay together making it so much easier to make a design. Also, the fact they slot together means no ironing.”
– Mr David McLean
“A great product! Really clever how the children can make and then reuse. Hours of fun for all the family. A great birthday gift and suitable for any child over 5 years. Would buy more!”
Simbrix is Endless fun
“Endless fun, although I didn’t buy these from Amazon I bought them from a stem fair they are a reasonable price for the quality and superrrrr funnnn!!!!!”
– Josh B
Can definitely recommend as a gift to ages 5 and beyond.
“Not just my son, the parents are enjoying playing with Simbrix too! Can definitely recommend as a gift for ages 5 and beyond.”
Great Product. Would really recommend for any aged person!
“great product. Would really recommend for any aged person, its a fun and less messy alternative to other similar products with a wide range of colours with fast delivery too!”
“my son had these bought for his birthday they are absolutely brilliant they can keep you entertained for hours. totally recommend these”
– Tracey Guthrie
“Brilliant fun! A bit like Hama beads, but much more versatile with the added advantage you don’t have to iron them. The available templates are also great for Minecraft/Star Wars obsessed children.”