If you don’t follow us on social media yet (you can sign up to talk with us on Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn and Google+) then you’ve missed a chance to win a free KIBO. Our lucky winner will be receiving our robotic kit which teaches children 4-7 years-old to program and understand logic through open-ended play. KIBO’s wooden blocks and screen-free technology allow children – and parents and teachers – to effortlessly interact with KIBO and simply get coding.
Competitions are fun, and we love to share KIBO with others, but reaching out and meeting new contacts is key to our mission at KinderLab Robotics. We believe passionately that children should learn to program through open-ended, creative, and developmentally-appropriate play. Every person we come into contact with via this blog, our Facebook page, on Twitter, at events, in schools, through our newsletter, is an opportunity for us to share our mission and to discuss the role of technology, programming and robotics in child development and learning. We’ve had some great conversations with individuals and teachers who are exploring different options to help younger children learn to code, which includes several engaging conversations with teachers that are rolling KIBO out – literally and figuratively – in their classrooms.
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Sesame Street character Kermit the Frog — ‘actor, singer, author and Muppet’ as he’s billed on the program — was a speaker alongside our chief scientist Marina Umaschi Bers at TEDxJackson in Mississippi this week. Kermit was there as his creator, the late Jim Henson, is a native of the Magnolia State – plus, he’s an international superstar.
While Marina shared research and insights into how robotics, open-ended play and encouraging creativity for four to seven year olds, Kermit was, amongst other things, touching on his new commemorative stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.
Marina and KIBO shared with the audience how and why to teach kids fundamental coding concepts – and how to make it fun. See the video below, captured by TEDx, of Marina leading KIBO and attendees in a great rendition of the hokey pokey.
— TEDxJackson (@TEDxJackson) November 6, 2014
If you’d like to dance with KIBO and hang with Kermit, you can access the stream to the TEDxJackson and its lineup of innovators, entrepreneurs and green amphibians here: http://www.tedxjackson.com/speakers/.