Solve STEM-filled art challenges one pixel at a time! Kids craft cool 2-D pixel art by solving math and coding problems when they explore the STEM Explorers Pixel Art Challenge set from Learning Resources. This kids’ STEM toy’s 40+ screen-free art challenges turns craft time into a step-by-step learning opportunity—whether they’re following coordinates to make a ladybug or coding up a smiling watermelon, kids’ active involvement builds essential STEAM skills with every picture they create. The variety of coding challenges helps kids to develop critical thinking skills and improve their ability to solve problems through coding. With the creative and engaging challenges in this set, STEM becomes STEAM, adding art to the heart of science, technology, engineering, and math.
What our testers said
“I did it! I made the Penguin! That was tricky. – Girl aged 6
“The coding part is cool. I can create my surprise challenge and code it so other people can be surprised.”- Boy aged 8
What our experts think
STEM Explorers – Pixel Art Challenge is an engaging puzzle game for children 5-to-8-years-old. The materials and booklet introduces concepts in computational thinking and analysis of coordinates in a hands-on manner resulting in 2D art. They create cute and colourful images out of “pixels” (individual dots of the full image) on a square grid by following a “programmed” sequence, somewhat akin to a computer macro or script. When the script has been completed, the resulting image is revealed much to the children’s delight. They especially enjoyed trying to guess what the final image would be before it was finished. The learning guide booklet contains a variety of puzzles, from introductory to more complex concepts and patterns that filled the grid and used all the colors. Children also greatly enjoyed creating their own, original pixel art. STEM Explorers – Pixel Art Challenge supports children develop executive functioning, critical thinking, and fine motor skills. It also encourages children to think creatively and problem solve as they make their own pixel art masterpieces.
– Promotes executive functioning.
– Develops fine motor skills.
– Encourages logical thinking, particularly in the area of algorithmic thinking and problem solving.