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Posted on Friday, June 12th, 2015

Congresswoman Clark codes with KIBO

As you may have heard, we were excited to welcome Congresswoman Katherine Clark to the KinderLab Robotics headquarters last month. As an avid supporter of early education, Congresswoman Clark was keen to see KIBO in action and learn more about our mission – and vice versa.

CEO and co-founder Mitch Rosenberg talked with her and her team for some time about everything including coding, STEAM, and girls in tech.

“It important that girls begin at an early age and have toys and materials in the classroom purposely put together with gender equality in mind – both in approach and the way you get results – to keep them from feeling as though they aren’t as good as the boys,” said Congresswoman Clark.

We, of course, wholeheartedly agree. KIBO was designed after in-depth research into gender and child development technologies.

After all that talking, we got to coding! Check out the video below of Congresswoman Clark creating a program with our robot kit, KIBO.

Katherine Clark has been the Congresswoman for the Fifth District of Massachusetts since 2013.

Stay tuned for more from our visit, including a Q&A!

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Brown Bear, Brown Bear: What Can You Code?

It’s National Robotics Week and to get everybody in the spirit, we thought we’d share a fun video about how our own robot kit – KIBO – has been used in the Kennedy-Longfellow Elementary School in Cambridge MA.

Sue Cusack is an assistant professor at Lesley University and has been working with Cambridge-area schools to embed learning technologies to early education classrooms.

KIBO has been used in grades K-2 in a variety of different ways. What’s so beneficial about KIBO is that it is easily integrated into existing curricula – and Kennedy-Longfellow took full advantage.

Click play below to see how kindergarteners brought the famous book, ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ to life; how first-graders recreated the lifecycles of frogs and butterflies; and how second graders learned about different ways worms move through various environments.

KIBO strengthened students’ knowledge of social studies, science and language arts – and gave new valuable technical skills while having fun and working with their classmates.

Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015

We’ve launched in-person training for educators: Get your students coding with KIBO

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 Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

We’re giving away a KIBO on Christmas Eve – enter now!

Have your eye on KIBO? We have good news for you – we’re giving one away for free!

Normally worth $229, our giveaway will give one lucky winner our developmentally-appropriate programming robot kit. All entries must be in by Christmas Eve – Wednesday, December 24th.

Why should you enter? KIBO is worth more than just its price. Playing with KIBO allows children build, customize and control their own robot while learning the fundamentals of programming and coding. That’s right – children will be learning while they’re playing – what’s better than that?

Click this link to learn how to enter in a few easy steps. Good luck!

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Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

We’re getting closer: A look at KIBO’s manufacturing line

After months of groundwork, support and anticipation – KinderLab Robotics is proud to inform you that KIBO is now in its final stages of the manufacturing process. Your KIBOs are being built right here in Massachusetts and our first orders will be ready for shipment just in time for the holidays!

KIBO manufacturing lineWe are working day and night, and having fun doing it. Check out our latest Kickstarter update for some images of our manufacturing line in action. We’re pleased that each of our Kickstarter backers and pre-order customers will be programming their KIBOs in just a matter of weeks.

For the rest of you, we know the holidays can be a stressful time, so we’d like to make it a little easier for you by crossing one thing off your list. KIBO caters to the academic requirements of 4-7 year olds through the use of programming, technology and creativity. Children create their own characters – from superheroes, doctors and princesses to helicopters, cars and spaceships. With KIBO, a child inputs a sequence of instructions with wooden blocks and with the press of a button the robot responds.

KIBO is based on over 15 years of research in learning technologies and child development at Tufts University, including testing with over 300 children and 50 teachers.

On behalf of KinderLab Robotics – thank you for your continued support and interest in KIBO