Tag Archives: Mitch Rosenberg

Posted on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Blog poll: Educators – Do you feel coding concepts be introduced in early childhood?

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Introducing STEM in an early childhood classroom – a free webinar!

KIBO, our developmentally appropriate robot kit, is based on more than 15 years of child development and learning technologies research. So as you can imagine, the team here at KinderLab Robotics is sitting on a wealth of ed tech, child development and early education knowledge.

We’ve so enjoyed sharing our expertise on the blog, over social media, at events, and at our professional development trainings, but we want to do more! CEO and co-founder Mitch Rosenberg will be hosting a FREE interactive webinar for any educators and program coordinators committed to K-2 education.

Introducing STEM to the classroom isn’t easy – we know that. In this webinar, we’ll equip you with the confidence and the tools to get it right. Through real-life examples, hands-on experience and credited research, this webinar will show you where to start, how to get funding, what NOT to do and so much more.

Not to mention, all registrants will receive a copy of our KIBO curriculum, used by educators across the USA, absolutely free of charge (value $35).

Interested? We hope so! Register here for either May 30th or 31st or get in touch with any questions.

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Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2015

Robotics for kids: KinderLab Robotics’ CEO featured in Harvard Magazine

A recent edition of Harvard Magazine featured an excellent, in-depth article on computing in the classroom. Our CEO and co-founder Mitch Rosenberg was inspired to respond to their editorial team.

mitchMitch, just like the rest of the team here at KinderLab Robotics, agrees with the author, Sophia Nguyen, that the classroom ‘should be no less mechanized than the kitchen’. This is the domain of robotics: an outlet for young children to engage in open-ended play, build social skills, connect with arts and culture – and learn programming concepts, simultaneously.

The culture of the classroom is changing rapidly. We believe it’s undoubtedly for the better. For more of Mitch’s insights on the topic, take a look at his letter to the editor – just published here.

For the original article, please click here. In the mood for a game of I Spy? Check out the cover of the March-April 2015 print edition and let us know on Facebook or Twitter when you spot KIBO!

Have questions about incorporating robotics and coding into your early education classroom? Please get in touch with our team.

Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

KIBO: Good old-fashioned play meets cute robot

I don’t just have a personal fascination with robots, I’ve made a career of them. My technical career started at Honeywell Systems working on night vision applications in the late 1970s and eventually I found myself amongst robots with roles at Rethink Robotics and Kiva Systems.

KIBOToday, I spend my days with a bug-eyed, two-wheeled, unusual-looking yet cute robot called KIBO.

We say that KIBO teaches children aged four to seven years how to program, but really – it’s much more than that.

First, we have to consider the importance of science, technology, engineering and math. These are core subjects for education, but it’s vital that children learn about this by doing, being active and having fun. It’s also important that children have positive and rich experiences creating and building things at an early age. There’s not much you can control in your life at five years old – we’ve seen hundreds of children gleeful at being able to build and control KIBO.

It’s well understood by researchers, such as my co-founder Marina, that at four to seven years children’s self-images and self-identities begin to take shape. Giving them the means to build, fix and problem solve, and the confidence to do so, gives a life skill. It doesn’t mean that every child who has a KIBO will grow up to become a programmer, it’s about applying a learning approach to technology and logical thinking.

KIBO engages children with familiar wooden blocks and an approachable robot that the children can dress up, decorate and control. It’s all about open-ended play, where children’s creativity can go wherever they want. KIBO reaches kids where they are – no screens, no rules, just good old-fashioned-play meets cute robot.