What is KIBO?
KIBO is a robot kit specifically designed for young children aged 4-7 years old. With KIBO, children build, program, decorate and bring their own robot to life!
STEAM learning with KIBO is fun, imaginative and easy. Your youngest learners will playfully discover these concepts by coding with wooden building blocks, creating sequences, and learning design processes.
Imagine and Create with KIBO
Young children learn by doing. KIBO gives your kids the chance to make their ideas physical and tangible—exactly what their young minds and bodies need. And KIBO does all this without requiring screen time from PCs, tablets or smartphones.
KIBO serves as an open platform designed for kids to imagine and create their own robot. Just turn it upside down. See the circuitry? Kids can visibly see that this is the KIBO “brain” and not magic. Just add the wheels with the motors and your KIBO is on the move!
Which KIBO is Right for Me?
For Educational Institutions
KIBO 18 & KIBO 21 are available in various Classroom Packages, which includes our Curriculum Materials. In addition, individual robot kits, programming blocks, modules, additional curriculum and teacher materials can be purchased a la carte.
Compare KIBO robot kits!
KIBO is available in 4 different robot kits ($229, $359, $399 and $499). Other items available include a la carte programming blocks and modules, curriculum and teacher materials.
Compare KIBO robot kits!
KIBO – Backed by Decades of Research
KIBO is backed by decades of research, led by Marina Umaschi Bers, PhD. professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and director DevTech Research Group at Tufts University. Review the extensive research that has gone into the development of KIBO, as well as the evidence that KIBO makes a real difference getting our youngest learners off on the right foot through playful learning.
How KIBO is Different
KIBO is different from any other robotic kit because it appeals to both technically minded kids and those that connect more to arts and culture or physical activity.
Designed for open-ended play, KIBO lets your kids make almost anything – a character from a story, a carousel, a dancer, a race helicopter – anything that they can think of. The child creates a sequence of instructions (a program) using the wooden KIBO blocks. They scan the blocks with the KIBO body to tell the robot what to do. They press the button and the robot comes alive. With KIBO, young children can become programmers, engineers, designers, artists, dancers, choreographers and writers. And unlike other activity kits out there, KIBO robotics kit is based on over 20 years of research in learning technologies and child development at Tufts University, including testing with thousands of children and their adults.