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Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

We’re checking our lists – and we’ve been put on some, too: KIBO on holiday guides

Have you seen us in the news lately? This month, KIBO was featured in Boston Business Journal’s list of the top 15 holiday gifts from Massachusetts-based tech and startup companies and earned its place atop Quartz’s list of the best robots to buy kids – thanks to its approachability.

A great feature on our programming robot kit – from its conception to creation – is also available in the current edition of the Improper Bostonian, available on stands and online now.

After over 15 years of research, the design process and a successful Kickstarter campaign, we were exhilarated to announce that KIBO has officially moved into the manufacturing process. Now that KIBO is making its way to our customers, we are happy to see that children, parents and teachers are loving KIBO just as much as we do. With 2014 being the first holiday season KIBO is available, we hope it makes your shopping lists this year – you won’t regret it!

With KIBO, your child can design, program and assemble their own robot made of wooden blocks – all while learning to code and having fun in the process.  Interested in putting KIBO underneath your Christmas tree this year? Click here to order today.

Photo courtesy of Improper Bostonian

Photo courtesy of Improper Bostonian

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2014

KIBO holiday kits put coding concepts in kids’ hands

KinderLab Robotics, a creator of toys and educational tools that teach young children to understand logic and to program, has announced three new kits for its developmentally-appropriate programming robot, KIBO, for the holiday season.

KIBO provides a fundamental introduction to technology by using familiar wooden blocks to teach kids aged four to seven how to create lines of code, or programming sequences. The new kits include the KIBO 10 Kit, KIBO 14 Kit and KIBO 18 Kit.

Each block controls the robot’s actions, such as its motion, and its ability to sense sound, light and distance. By putting the blocks together, children create programs, or lines of code, with each block representing an instruction to the robot. After building the program, children scan the sequence of blocks with the robot body and press a button. KIBO then follows their instructions. As further integration of the learning process, KIBO sets can be decorated and personalized, building an educational bridge between technology and art.

KIBO offers an opportunity for kids to receive a gift within a gift during the holidays. Behind the fun, KIBO:

KIBO sets are designed and assembled in the USA.

KIBO 10 Kit: This basic kit contains everything a child needs for an introduction to programming and mobile robotics. Contains KIBO robot with 10 programming blocks and two motors ($229).

KIBO 14 Kit: Comprehensive kit includes everything a child needs to cover programming, mobile robotics, and inputs and outputs. Contains KIBO robot with 14 programming blocks, two motors, three sensor modules, one light bulb module and an art stage ($359).

KIBO 18 Kit: The “all-singing, all-dancing edition.” This includes extra bells and whistles to delight a child with a robot capable of singing, dancing and flashing multicolored light. Contains KIBO robot with 18 programming blocks, three motors, three sensor modules, one light bulb module, and a rotating art stage — perfect for making ballerinas, helicopters or carousels ($399).

To order a KIBO Kit, please go to: http://www.shop.kinderlabrobotics.com/KIBO-Sets_c7.htm.