Activity Kit

As a volunteer, you can help students better understand what it is, what is the impact on their future, and how IoT applies to every day interactions with technology. Discussions include “How your mom might track you one day with IoT” to illustrate the range of IoT applications. The exercise is a fun hands-on activity to show how a student interacts with IoT devices during an average day.


  • Ages 11-14 (Middle grade students)

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • Students will learn about Internet of Things and its impact on their future. IoT is increasingly used in everyday objects we commonly use, including phones, GPS, freezers, TVs, and other household devices, as well as medical devices and other implementations.
  • The activity will be a fun way for students to understand how they interact throughout their day with IoT devices and technology.

Why is this topic important?

  • Understanding IoT and how it works will help students’ understanding of pervasive technology increasingly being used in common objects and impacting their lives and communities.

What do I need to know about this activity?

  • You can share examples of IoT implementations based on what you know from the news and technology. The presentation includes data on how IoT works and the numbers of devices already using IoT technology.
  • Experience running a workshop would be helpful.
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.

Activity resources