Makeblock Shines at ISTE 2024: A Glimpse into the Future of STEAM Education

June 28, 2024  | Makeblock

June 24-26, 2024 | Denver, CO. Event Overview


The recent 2024 ISTE exhibition showcased a wealth of innovative products and technologies. The event drew a diverse crowd of attendees, including educators, students, technology enthusiasts, and industry professionals. The xTool booth, shared with Makeblock, became a focal point of interest and engagement throughout the exhibition. Representatives demonstrated a variety of Makeblock and xTool products, including xTool P2, F1 Ultra, mBot2, Rover, and mTiny. In the vibrant and bustling atmosphere of the tech and educational exhibition, the xTool and Makeblock booth stands out as a hive of activity and curiosity.

Revolutionizing Education: Empowering Students at xTool Booth


The sleek, modern design of the booth captured attention with its prominent branding and inviting setup. Attendees were seen engaging deeply with the displays, particularly the xTool laser engravers. At the forefront, a representative in an xTool shirt passionately explained the features of xTool F1 Ultra to a couple of intrigued visitors. Their expressions of fascination and engagement reflected the hands-on nature of the booth.


In this exhilarating moment, attendees were left in awe as they witnessed the lightning-fast precision of the F1 Ultra laser engraver. Their expressions of amazement perfectly captured the incredible speed and efficiency of our latest technology. The F1 Ultra, known for its rapid processing capabilities, was the highlight of our booth, drawing curious visitors eager to see it in action. The atmosphere was electric, filled with excitement and admiration for the cutting-edge performance of the F1 Ultra.


Right before our eyes, we have a beautifully crafted wooden piece, meticulously engraved using our xTool laser engraver. The delicate floral and butterfly patterns showcase the precision and versatility of F1 Ultra. This piece highlights not only the artistic capabilities of our engravers but also the durability and quality of the finished product. It's a testament to what can be achieved with the right tools and a bit of creativity.

Interactive Sessions: transforming Classrooms with Innovative Tools


Denver, CO - June 25, 2024 The ISTE 2024 exhibition witnessed an exciting and informative session that left educators buzzing with new ideas for integrating cutting-edge technology into their classrooms. Hosted by xTool, the session titled "Uncover How the xTool P2 Laser Engraver Elevates Hands-on Learning" took place at 2:30 PM (MDT) and featured expert speakers Dave Sands, Principal of Technology Implementation, and Mike Washburn, Director of Learning Experiences.

Dave Sands began the session by emphasizing the critical role of STEM education in developing students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. He highlighted how the xTool P2 Laser Engraver could be an essential tool in fostering these abilities by providing students with hands-on experiences that require them to think creatively and solve real-world problems. Sands pointed out that the laser engraver not only supports traditional STEM subjects but also enhances media and technology literacy, enabling students to navigate digital tools more effectively.

Mike Washburn followed by discussing the importance of innovation and curiosity in education. He explained how xTool P2 Laser Engraver encourages students to explore and experiment, nurturing a passion for innovation. Washburn shared examples of how students have used P2 laser engraver to create prototypes and evolve their designs from simple cardboard models to more complex creations using wood and other materials. This process, he noted, helps students understand the iterative nature of design and engineering.

Washburn also touched on the growing demand for STEM workers, noting that employment in STEM occupations has surged by 79% over the past three decades, with further growth projected. By integrating tools like P2 Laser Engraver into the classroom, educators can better prepare students for these future careers by giving them practical, hands-on experience with technology used in various STEM fields.

The live demonstration of xTool P2 Laser Engraver was a highlight of the session. Attendees were visibly impressed as the machine effortlessly created intricate designs, showcasing its precision and versatility. Sands and Washburn guided the audience through the process, explaining how the engraver can be used to enhance STEAM education by allowing students to bring their creative ideas to life. They emphasized the importance of teacher guidance in facilitating design iteration and encouraging students to refine their projects continually.


Denver, CO - June 25, 2024 At the ISTE 2024 exhibition, xTool captivated educators with a dynamic and inspiring seminar on transforming art education using the xTool F1 Laser Engraver. The session, "Revolutionizing Art Education with the xTool F1 Laser Engraver," was led by the passionate and experienced Middle School Media Arts Teacher, Sherri Kushner.

Sherri Kushner, a fervent advocate for integrating technology into the arts, shared her journey and practical insights on how xTool F1 Laser Engraver has revolutionized her classroom. One of the standout moments of Sherri’s presentation was when she showcased student projects that applied laser engraving techniques to real-world scenarios, such as creating custom cards, detailed architectural models, and personalized gifts. This not only enhances the learning experience but also equips students with practical skills for future careers. Sherri emphasized how the xTool F1 can bridge different subjects. For example, integrating art with subjects like mathematics and engineering, where students use geometric principles to create complex designs. This interdisciplinary approach enriches the curriculum and demonstrates the versatility of the xTool F1.

The session reached its peak with a live demonstration of the F1 Ultra laser engraver. The audience watched in awe as the machine effortlessly created intricate patterns and designs at lightning speed. Sherri pointed out how F1 Ultra’s precision and efficiency make it an invaluable tool for both educators and students, simplifying complex tasks and expanding creative possibilities. Following the demonstration, attendees were invited to participate in an interactive session where they could examine high-quality samples produced by the laser engraver. Educators eagerly engaged with technology, taking photos, asking questions, and brainstorming ways to integrate it into their own classrooms. This hands-on experience was instrumental in showcasing the practical applications and educational benefits of F1 Ultra.

Innovating Education: Makeblock at Booth 1924


Makeblock's presence at ISTE 2024 was nothing short of spectacular. Situated at Booth 1924, we showcased a range of cutting-edge products designed to foster creativity and innovation in STEAM education. Kids were enthralled by the opportunity to explore the practical applications of Makeblock's tools and witness the transformative impact they have on the learning process.

Unveiling the mBot2 Rover Robotics Kit


One of the highlights of Makeblock's showcase was the newly released mBot2 Rover Robotics Kit. This 2-in-1 package, which includes the mBot2 and the Rover Robotics Add-on Pack, offers a versatile and engaging way for students to dive into robotics and coding. The kit's ability to transform into a Rover with off-road capabilities, customizable expressions, and color recognition captured the imagination of many educators looking for dynamic STEM learning tools.

On the spot, kids are having fun. mBot2 and mBot2 Rover are being skillfully controlled on a specially designed track, demonstrating precision and interactive features. mBot2 Rovers are navigating through obstacles and stacking yellow blocks, showcasing the hands-on learning and fun that the kit brings to young innovators. The vibrant activity around the mBot2 Rover Robotics Kit at the ISTE exhibition highlights the excitement and engagement it generates.

Real Experiences from Educators


The Makeblock booth was buzzing with excitement as attendees got hands-on with the mBot2 Rover Robotics Kit. Our attendees proudly held the mBot2 Rover Robotics Kit sign. Their smile and the sparkle in their eyes capture the joy and interest sparked by the hands-on interaction with the robotics kit.

"The mBot2 is a game-changer for my classroom," said one middle school teacher. "Its progression from block-based coding to Python is perfect for developing my students' skills over time."


The Makeblock booth also featured mTiny, an educational robot designed to make learning coding fun and interactive. Several young girls are deeply engaged in coding activities with mTiny. Their focused expressions and the colorful coding cards laid out on the table demonstrate the hands-on learning experience that mTiny provides. One of the girls’ concentrated looks and the other’s smile reflects the blend of learning and enjoyment that mTiny brings to STEM education. The engaging and interactive environment at the Makeblock booth highlights how mTiny can inspire and educate young minds in the world of coding and robotics.

Attendees were equally enthusiastic about mTiny, Makeblock's screen-free learning companion for toddlers. "I love how mTiny combines play with learning in such a tangible way," one visitor shared. "My child is already showing interest in coding through the simple pen controller and themed maps."

Final Thoughts

ISTE 2024 proved to be an exceptional platform for Makeblock to showcase its vision for the future of STEAM education. The event highlighted the importance of integrating technology into learning environments and inspired educators to explore new ways to engage and empower the students. As we look to the future, Makeblock's innovative solutions promise to play a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of creators and thinkers.

Mark your calendars for next year, as ISTE continues to be the premier event for educational technology, and Makeblock is sure to bring even more groundbreaking innovations!