Academic researchers and child development experts have known for many years that basic literacies and affinity for STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) can be acquired through dynamic construction toy play. We want to expand this kind of valuable learning opportunity to all American children regardless of socioeconomic background.
The Rokenbok Educational Foundation's mission is to promote STEAM learning through the donation of curriculum programs to childcare centers and schools that support underserved communities. We seek to foster children's love of learning by designing construction toys based curricula that create ideal environments for STEAM learning. The Rokenbok Educational Foundation is guided by a deep commitment to the science of child development and we produce curriculum that is both fun and provides unending opportunities for growth, creativity, and challenge.
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Rokenbok Educational Partners
The Center for Social and Academic Advancement & UCSD
In 2009, UCSD's Professor Olga Vásquez began conducting research on Rokenbok construction toys with children from underrepresented communities. Dr. Vásquez examines the intersection of literacy, language, and culture with a focus on access to educational resources by underrepresented groups. Dr. Vásquez is also the founder and executive director of The Center for Social and Academic Advancement (CASA), a non-profit organization dedicated to academically and socially preparing children to succeed in school and in the new realities of the 21st century.
In collaboration with the Rokenbok Educational Foundation, Dr. Vásquez, her graduate students and CASA developed, tested, and evaluated the ROK Blocks Adventure curriculum for preschool and early primary grades.
Ocean Discovery Institute
Ocean Discovery Institute is a nationally recognized leader in providing science education to students in under-served communities. The Institute's work creates significant impacts for their students, with dramatically improved high school graduation rates and college acceptances. In 2012, Ocean Discovery Institute was one of two organizations selected nationally to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering mentoring.
In collaboration with the Rokenbok Educational Foundation, Ocean Discovery Institute developed, tested and evaluated the Rokenbok Bridge Challenge curriculum for Middle and High school students in 2011 - 2012.
San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
Children's Discovery Museum's mission is to inspire children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation. The San Diego Children's Discovery Museum serves as a living laboratory where the Rokenbok Educational Foundation and its partners can observe children engaged in the construction play everyday. Our partnership with The San Diego Children's Discovery Museum is focused on the refining a set of robust construction toy elements appropriate for use in public locations across a broad range of ages.
In collaboration with the Rokenbok Educational Foundation, the San Diego Children's Discovery Museum is developing, testing, and evaluation a ROK Blocks Adventures Children's Museum Program to be available in 2013.
Educational Curriculum Products
ROK Block Adventures
Develop Critical Thinking and Spacial Skills
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Bridge Building Challenge
Introduction to Engineering Principles