Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
KIBO was born and raised in Massachusetts. From the research labs of the DevTech research group at Tufts University, to the basements of our Arlington homes and now toour first KinderLab Robotics’ manufacturing headquarters and office space on historic Route 128 in Waltham.
There are many reasons we’re loyal to Boston. For one thing, when it comes to education technology Massachusetts has seen 212% increase in venture capital investment over the last five years alone. We are honored and excited to continue bringing the best of Boston’s innovation culture to education.
And we’re pleased that one of our favorite local publications – the Boston Business Journal – as well as members of the local ed tech community are as excited about the news as we are. Take a look at this piece from Sara Castellanos about KIBO, KinderLab,our big move and some dev tech insights from our chief scientist, Marina Umaschi Bers.
We’d like to personally thank each of you who took the time to share the piece and extend your congratulations on Twitter. We love interacting with fellow ed tech, dev tech and robotics lovers. Get in touch today on Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re an educator, administrator or technology specialist in the New England area, we would like to formally invite you to the new office space for hands-on, customized professional development training. You’ll leave Route 128 with a fully formulated plan to incorporate KIBO, coding and technology into your K-2 classroom. Register today: bit.ly/KinderLabTraining.
Posted on Friday, February 27th, 2015
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, February 24th, 2015
Not familiar with Route 128? It’s an iconic area outside Boston that is steeped in technology history as the home to some of the world’s most innovative and influential technology companies.
We’ve just set up our new offices off Route 128: you can read a bit more about it here in the Boston Business Journal.
Here’s a few other facts about our new location:
- Route 128 was coined the ‘Magic Semicircle’ in 1955 due its 180-degree shape and its high proportion of residents as the allure of easily-accessible and cost-effective office space near the world’s top scholars – MIT and Harvard – attracted technology innovators
- In 1957, there were 99 companies employing 17,000 workers along 128
- The ‘Massachusetts Miracle’ came about in 1980, when Route 128’s technology tenants sparked a major peak in the state’s economy. Such residents included Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Data General, Microsoft, Computervision, Raytheon, BEA Systems, and EMC Corporation
- It was once nicknamed the ‘Yankee Highway’ after the 26th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, which was known as the ‘Yankee Division’ which was formed in 1917 and fought in both World War I and World War II
We look forward to helping KIBO settle into its new home and to sharing robotics, education technology, and child development on America’s technology highway! After a whirlwind of a year, from Kickstarter through the holidays, we’re thankful and proud to be growing as a company and fulfilling our mission of introducing technology and STEAM education to children aged 4-7 years.
To learn more about our move, please see the full press release here.