STRIDER™ Early Childhood STEM Kit
Strider understands that curiosity, imagination, and learning begin well before a child enters formal education. Our new STRIDER™ Early Childhood STEM Curriculum gives preschoolers and kindergartners the opportunity to explore new ideas and worlds related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through something kids their age can relate to: a STRIDER
No-Pedal Balance Bike!
Best of all, in the United States there is funding available for STEM programs like ours, which helps cover the cost of getting STRIDER bikes into the education channel, including public schools, Montessori schools, preschools, and daycares! We encourage you to find out if similar government programs are available in your territory.
At Strider®, we love riding bikes, and we love inspiring kids to ride. Our mission is to build lightweight, efficient, all-terrain bikes that develop two-wheeled balance, coordination, and confidence in children.
As a company that thrives on starting children on a path to success as early as possible, Strider believes it is essential to introduce children to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) along with physical play at a very young age. This program was designed to help form healthy habits in children 3-5 years old.
Several studies on STEM education have shown that children who experience STEM early through hands-on learning are best equipped to develop a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they continue their education and enter the workforce.
The goal of this program is to have students excited about learning and living a healthy active lifestyle. The STRIDER STEM program helps children learn the importance of tools and mechanical engineering by putting together pretend peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and assembling parts of the STRIDER bike. They will experience shock absorbing technology, the science of friction, estimating, and an exciting introduction to acceleration.
The STRIDER Stem kit provides interactive worksheets and even includes a bonus STEAM Lesson incorporating art into the traditional STEM Lessons (STEAM stand for STEM with Art added: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). In addition, every STRIDER STEM lesson comes with a “Fancy Word Alert” for a fun way to learn new vocabulary as well as “Get Active” exercises to incorporate STRIDER bikes into social play and encourage outdoor adventure!
- Professionally-Designed, Rigorously-Evaluated Curriculum (34 pages total with 5 Lesson Plans)
- 5 STRIDER 12 Bikes (all the same color)
- 5 STRIDER-Licensed Bell helments–Rally, size M/L
- Tongue Depressors (Spreaders)
- Purple Felt
- Brown Felt
- Tan Felt
- 10 safety Flashcards
- Safety Reference Sheet
- 30 Rubber Bands
The kit includes five STRIDER 12 bikes in either Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, Red, or Yellow–all fives bikes will be the same color. To download the complete Curriculum Kit, please click here. This link also includes access to a STEM promotional flyer as well as several STEM-related photos.
SSI has partnered with two companies that already have significant experience and contacts with schools, StemFinity.com and AfterSchoolDepot.com, to handle the advertising and sale of the STEM kit. SSI will fulfill all orders via drop-ship service. Retail price of the kit is $699 USD and must be purchased as an entire kit including the curriculum and the five STRIDER bikes–even for existing STRIDER dealers.
SSI issued a Press Release (attached below) on October 08, 2014, to announce the availability of this new program.