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Nintendo Labo heads to schools

Institute of Play program will bring the kits to 100 classrooms to integrate into curriculum

Nintendo has announced it has partnered with the non-profit Institute of Play to bring Nintendo Labo systems to, arguably, the best place for such systems. The new program will see Labo curriculums integrated into around 100 US classrooms throughout the current school year.

Students in grades 2-4 will build various Labo projects in small teams, focusing on building basic concepts of STEAM, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Teachers and administrators can apply to join the program through the Institute of Play's website. Those classrooms selected will receive guidance from Nintendo and the Institute, incuding a companion teacher guide developed by professional curriculum creators that will also be made available for free to anyone later this year.

The Institute of Play aims to select a diverse group of schools across the US for the program across urban, suburban, and rural areas. It also may prioritize schools that already have a focus on STEAM education.

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