PCS Edventures Product Development Advances with K’NEX Manipulatives
Boise, Idaho – October 8, 2009 – PCS Edventures (OTCBB: PCSV-News) today announced its expanding relationship with K’NEX Education™, a division of K’NEX® Brands, LP. PCS initially allied itself with K’NEX in February of 2004, developing new PCS lab programs around K’NEX materials. Since that time, PCS has developed extensive materials around the KID K’NEX line for its early childhood programs and is now releasing its first robotic integration activities using K’NEX manipulatives and the PCS robotic controller, the PCS Brain.
Teresa Kross, Director of the PCS Little Edventures product line, designed the BrainOsaurus Literacy and Biology Labs based on the PCS Merit System using KID K’NEX and K’NEX manipulative packages. The program’s modular framework provides an easy-to-follow guide that includes comprehensive, age-appropriate solutions for students 3 to 6 years of age. Students are able to naturally move from directed activities to increasingly open-ended, project approach activities. The BrainOsaurus Labs are created to meet a wide range of students’ developmental abilities in variety of educational settings.
Students from the Galileo Math and Science Magnet School in Meridian, Idaho meet weekly in the PCS Engineering Lab to build projects and enhance classroom studies using K’NEX. Students build in small groups, individually, and often compete in class cooperative challenges pitting their designs against other grade-levels. Students follow step-by-step plans to complete motorized machines and vehicles. Students then use that building knowledge to create their own unique machines using the design process.
The PCS Brain offers multiple ways to integrate with K’NEX, K’NEX Bricks, and MicroK’NEX manipulatives. Adding the Brain to existing K’NEX models or new construction is very easy and with multiple ways to connect, there’s no limit to what students can create. By adding The Brain to vehicles and machines, the ability to expand learning increases ten-fold. Now, not only can a vehicle drive around the room, but it can interact with other vehicles and demonstrate complex programmed behavior. The added allure of lights and sound also makes for more realistic and robust models.
The first delivery of the new robotics activities will be to the Al Riyadh private school in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for implementation into the PCS 4th grade technology program launching this month. PCS and K’NEX signed a distribution agreement earlier this year that assigns exclusive rights to PCS to market the K’NEX Education line into a number of Middle Eastern countries including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and others.
Maureen Kratz, Director of K’NEX Education, said “We have enjoyed our partnership with PCS for a number of years, and these new developments are very exciting for us. We look forward to seeing our educational products in use throughout PCS programs here, in the Middle East, and elsewhere in the world.”
Laura Baran, PCS’ lead developer for PCS-K’NEX programs, said “K’NEX manipulatives are an extraordinary educational tool that are durable, versatile, and very engaging. We’ve found that the integration of the PCS Brain into activities brings a new learning dimension to our activities that use K’NEX. We’re looking forward to seeing these materials in wide use in classrooms very soon.”
About K’NEX Brands, L.P.
K’NEX is the next generation of construction sets. It inspires creativity, builds self-confidence and encourages interaction among children and parents. The possibilities are endless!
K’NEX Brands, L.P. is a privately held company, with the headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. Today, K’NEX is the most innovative and fastest growing construction toy company. Internationally, K’NEX products are distributed in over 30 countries. K’NEX Brands is also proud to distribute BRIO trains and toys, as well as Lincoln Logs in the North America.
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