Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2015
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.
Mitch, 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, April 15th, 2015
Parents, teachers and children, get ready tocelebrate – it’s almost April vacation week!
New England-based parents, if you’re looking for fun activities for your kids, check out Imajine That, which will feature KIBO from April 20 through April 25 at the Imajine That Academy.
Imajine That is an interactive children’s play center based on the Riverwalk in Lawrence, Massachusetts. There’s a number of reasons why we love Imajine That and see it as a perfect fit for the KinderLab Robotics team (and KIBO!) to partner with:
- It’s unique – a first-of-its-kind interactive play space dedicated to family and child engagement. We love pioneers committed to new and exciting ways to engage.
- The Imajine That mission is to inspire humans through playful, imaginative exploration, which is what KIBO is all about! The Imajine That team is dedicated to bringing families, individuals and communities closer to one another. As well as developing cognitive and motor abilities, KIBO helps children to explore and develop social and emotional skills.
- The organization is committed to the development of best practices and is grounded in research. Imajine That follows guidelines from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)for developmentally-appropriate practices. We developed KIBO based on more than fifteen years of research in learning technologies at Tufts University.
- Last, but not least, we love the amazing play space that Imajine That has created for families and children to create, share and learn together. With ‘Imaginators’ working on-site to help facilitate playful and imaginative exploration, the Imajine That playspace has a series of ‘Imagination Stations’ which includes a massive dinosaur children can climb; an arts and crafts area; a child-sized Whole Foods® grocery store; Between the Lions® literacy area; a Peep and the Big Wide World® Science Station and even a Lowell General Hospital Doctor’s’Office play area.
So come and join KIBO during April vacation at Imajine That! Join us for one, two, three or five-days of building, programming and decorating KIBO robots.
The April Vacation week program will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm ET April 20-25th. Prices begin at just $60 for non-members and include snacks, drunks and lunch. To register, please get in touch with Shelly Outwater of Imagine That directly at [email protected] or via phone at 978 566-1498.
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 Thursday, March 5th, 2015
Robotics brings together atoms and bits – the physical world and computational world. This merging of worlds is relevant to each of us, including young children who grow up surrounded by technology like automatic faucets and doors, their parents’ smartphones, and a never-ending range of screens.
Technology has become pervasive and this has driven the ‘coding is the new literacy’ movement. It’s vital that children embrace technology and have an understanding of how it is created, controlled and its role in our lives. Just as they should learn to read and write.
They should also learn that technology is fun and that it’s a human creation: we control it. That’s where robotics comes in. When given the proper tools, children as young as four years old can learn programming, logic and engineering.
Developmentally-appropriate toys, such as our KIBO robot kit, encourage open-ended play and integrate technology with existing core curricula including arts, math and literature. Children of all genders feel comfortable playing with KIBO, which is important as stereotypes are formed at very early stages.
In short, young children learn by doing and robotics presents a simple and age-appropriate way to make, test and learn new things.
Got questions about robotics and early childhood education? Get in touch today. If you want to find out more about how to introduce KIBO in your K-2 classroom, register for our in-person training and build your curriculum with us.