Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Being based in Massachusetts has loads of benefits. Certainly not the least of which is all of the great tech events surrounding us. Last week, KIBO ‘took curiosity to the next level’ at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival.
The week-long event is the first of its kind in the U.S. and brings together many STEM leaders. Its aim is to make STEM accessible, interactive and fun for all ages – a mission we share over here at KinderLab Robotics.
We were thrilled our developmentally appropriate robot kit could be a part of it. KIBO was available for open-ended play during Digital Play Day – held at the MIT Museum.
It was a fantastic day. We connected with nearly 200 ed tech enthusiasts, children, parents and teachers and saw a lot of excitement for programming, robotics and technology in early education.
Check out some pictures, below! Do get in touch if you’d to feature KIBO at your own event: [email protected].
Posted on Monday, March 30th, 2015
We love connecting with our customers and hearing the ways in which KIBO has enriched the lives of their children or students. This month, we spent some time chatting with Dan Riles, the technology coordinator for the Kingsley Montessori School in Boston.
Dan teaches coding and technology on a regular basis. He happened upon KIBO while browsing Kickstarter projects, and later heard our chief-scientist, Marina, speak at a MEMSET event. He began looking up her work with the prototype that became KIBO, and was very excited that this learning vehicle was coming to the market.
He’s now read each of Marina’s books, heard her speak and closely followed the Kickstarter campaign. “This is one of the best-designed early childhood robotics kits I have ever seen,” he said.
He’s also used Bee-Bot, but KIBO provided far greater options for separating the programming from the device, which is paramount for young children in the way they learn. He described KIBO as a much better experience for the younger set.
During a faculty meeting, Dan previewed several new technology options to the early childhood teachers, and they were thrilled by KIBO. The children and teachers both love it,” he said.
“I work in a Montessori school, and The KIBO kit aligns with the look and feel of the Montessori materials. Technology integration can be challenging in early childhood, but KIBO breaks down the barriers. It has absolutely benefitted the students and the teachers. Educators who feel uncomfortable with the subject of coding easily get involved due to its approachability and the students take to it right away,” said Dan.
That’s been the best part of the experience so far, he says — the easy entry and excitement for new and upcoming programs. The school plans to acquire more KIBO kits for the upcoming school year, so children can meet in larger groups and engage in more group activities.
Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015
Our developmentally-appropriate robotics kit is designed with young children in mind and inherently simple to use. But, as a team dedicated to education, we understand the complexities of introducing new technologies in the the curriculum. So in the name of keeping it simple, we’ve created hands-on KIBO training for educators, program coordinators and technology specialists across the U.S.
In these sessions – ranging from two hours to two days – our team will work with you to provide a customized, suitable program for your institution so you can introduce coding, engineering, technology and logical reasoning to your K–2 classroom confidently.
If you’re considering KIBO for your school, pre-school, day care, library, museum, after-school program, or summer camp then take a look at our professional development page, here, and choose the program best for you. Prices begin at just $110.
If you’re in the Boston area and would like to join our first group session, a half-day training in Waltham on March 21st, then please register here today – spaces are limited.
Don’t forget to keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter – happy coding!
Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Being based in Boston, one of the world’s largest tech hubs, certainly has its perks. Last week, the KinderLab Robotics team grabbed KIBO and ventured out to the RoboBusiness conference, being held at the Hynes Convention Center.
RoboBusiness is an international executive-level robotics event that connects cutting-edge solutions providers with investors, end users and new business partners to accelerate the growth of the industry. The organization is celebrating its tenth year.
Our chief scientist, Marina Umaschi Bers, spoke on a panel moderated by Dan Kara, the practice director for Robotics ABI Research alongside Ramya Swamy, co-founder of PegaSense and Cédric Vaudel, marketing director for Aldebaran. The session, titled ‘The Business of Educational Robotics’, discussed the future of robotics in education. If you’ve been following the journey of KIBO, you’re likely aware of the positive effects robotics, programming and technical education can have on children of all ages – as well as the benefits of starting young, while children at free of sterotypes and excited to learn.
Did we miss you at RoboBusiness? We’d love to talk robots and child development with you. Get in touch today at [email protected] or on Twitter at @KinderLab_Robot.