Talent Box at Empow Studios

Talent Box: STEM + Arts Solution for your School

STEM + Arts (STEAM) is nothing less than the new literacy. Students will need a broad base of technological competencies in order to be ready for many college and career paths. Talent Box empowers K-12 teachers with little to no technical background to engage their students with a variety of STEAM projects while developing their own skills. It’s a “low-floor, high-ceiling” solution that also has the breadth and depth to help teachers and students build up their portfolio of successes across multiple tech domains.

Talent Box represents years of experience teaching our project-based STEAM curriculum in our award-winning programs in both formal and informal settings. With more than 200 hours of project time covering multiple areas of technology and engineering, there is enough content to engage every student year after year.

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Designed for Educators

no tech experience required

STEAM Curriculum

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Coding, Engineering, Design, and more. Talent Box covers a wide range of subjects that is sure to appeal to girls and boys of any age and set of interests. Coding with Scratch and Java, Game Design with Unity, 3D modeling, Stop-Motion Animation, Digital Animation, Electronic Music Production, and Architecture are just some of the options.

Achievement Badges

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Project-based learning is hard fun. It takes persistence, gumption, and willingness to fail. We encourage and support students through frequent opportunities to succeed, with carefully leveled achievement badges that are satisfying and fun. Students can share badges, and take them into other systems using the OpenBadges standard.

Portfolio

Student Portfolios

When you’ve finished a project, you want to shout about it from the rooftops. Talent Box lets your students build up a portfolio of projects that can be improved over time as the depth of their skills evolve. Student can access their projects from home for continued learning and to share with family & friends.

Professional Development

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Talent Box has built-in tools to help non-technical teachers succeed with technical projects in their classrooms. Animation project in the English class? No problem. Video game project that recreates US revolutionary war? Done! We offer effective self-paced and live training options to fit your school.

How it Works

Choose your Track

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Learn and Apply

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Achieve your Badges

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What we teach

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Video Game Design

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Robotics

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Animation

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3D Modeling & Printing

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Minecraft

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Audio Production

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Coding

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Video Production

Our Teaching Approach

Talent Box combines Empow Studios’ constructivist and Project-Based Learning (PBL) philosophy with direct instruction and support to help students build competence in a variety of STEM skill areas. We also believe that classroom teachers hold a key role in this process, and we empower teachers with little to no technical background to successfully lead their class toward successful STEM projects.

Talent Box gently guides teachers and students through their initial successful projects and issues achievement badges when projects are completed in line with predefined rubrics. Our curriculum is aligned to the Depth of Knowledge framework and follows the PBL Gold Standard practices.

Art & Design

Building

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Who We Work With

Talent Box is currently being used at our programs held at the following partner locations

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Customer Spotlight

British International School of Boston

As a teacher who knew little about LEGO Robotics prior to using Empow’s Talent Box, I was able to facilitate a 6 week skills lesson for 11-14 year old students. The interface is easy to navigate and the instructions are clear and concise and presented in a variety of formats. The step by step approach means that students are able to learn how to build and code in a self-directed way. Our students have found the content of Talent Box invaluable in their honing of the skills they will require for future life.

Darren Nicholas

Headmaster

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