Connecting with KIBO – Using KIBO in Blended and Distance Learning
In this time of educational disruption, KinderLab’s distance learning solutions help educators continue their STEAM programs and meet computer science standards through creative coding, arts, and imaginative play. Learn the benefits of providing access to hands-on, screen-free robotics and coding for young children despite school closures. Get your FREE guide!
With KIBO, 4- to 7-year-olds can build, program, decorate and bring their own screenless robots to life! This educational robot for kids appeals to technically minded early learners, those that connect to arts and culture and those interested in physical activity.
Your youngest learners can become engineers, designers, programmers, artists, and writers – Anything they want to be!
KIBO is available in various Classroom Packages, which includes our STEAM Curriculum Materials. In addition, individual robot kits, programming blocks, and modules can be purchased a la carte for the best early learning development experience.
Fun and Playful STEAM Learning
KIBO can integrate itself into multiple disciplines and school curriculum for early learners including math, science, literacy, music, dance, arts, crafts, storytelling, natural sciences, and even social studies. KIBO can bring to life just about any topic!
Programming without Screens or Keyboards
KIBO lets young kids’ imaginations soar – all without requiring screen time on PCs, tablets, or smartphones. Sound sensors, light bulbs, motors and wheels bring their KIBO robot to life.
Coding is play!
Your youngest learners code with wooden building blocks to create sequences and understand the design process. KIBO looks and behaves differently, every time you code it!
KinderLab has created a wonderful answer to the need for early age STEAM learning. KIBO was designed for children to build and code without requiring screen time. This element really sets KIBO apart from the rest. KIBO sparked a great conversation that led my boy into associating programming, engineering, and technology with not only KIBO, but everything around him. This robot would be a wonderful addititon to any STEAM classroom or a child’s bedroom.
- Academics' Choice Evaluator
In applying for a Maryland State Department of Education grant specifically for robotics instruction, I drew heavily on Kinderlab Robotics’ research regarding the benefits of play and creativity with KIBO. The work Kinderlab Robotics has already done to map their KIBO curriculum to CSTA Standards provided a framework for aligning my proposal with MSDE standards.
- Jane de Winter
-Big Learning Science & Engineering
Our Lower School STEAM curriculum is designed to develop students’ digital fluency (the ability to use technology as a means of expression) and to support students’ growth as computational thinkers. KIBO is an integral part of that process and has enhanced students’ opportunities for wondering, making, tinkering, and exploration – all in support of early algorithmic thinking.
- Kimberly Walker, Director of Technology Integration and Innovation
-The Agnes Irwin School
“We are totally in love with the KIBOs and all the potential learning they hold. I keep thinking of the extensive thought that went into designing them and how that is paying off in so many ways for all the children who use them.”
- Robin Ricketts, Computational Thinking and Robotics Teacher
-The Steward School, Richmond, VA
I highly recommend this STEAM robot. The coding adventures teach cooperation, coordination, reading, problem-solving, logic, organization, and much more! It would be a valuable asset to any classroom.
- Academics' Choice Evaluator
“Our KIBOs take on some important jobs. In one lesson, students program them to rescue baby bears that are lost in deep dark caves. (Our caves are constructed with old cardboard boxes, the imagination of the students dresses them up.) They love to train KIBO to navigate the twists and turns of our caves. Most of all, they love programming with the light sensor and the light – if the cave gets dark and scary, then KIBO should turn on her flashlight!”
- Brian Sulkow, Teacher and Curriculum Developer
-New York City Public School System, NY
“The students in my class couldn’t wait to get their hands on the coding blocks that would make their KIBO robots go. The lessons had a true spirit of experimentation – there were no mistakes, just lots of trials, observations, and cheers to get back to work! I wouldn’t be surprised if the future programmers and scientists among them remember this experience as one that sparked their interest in coding and creative problem solving.”
- Keri Goldberg, First-Grade Teacher
-PS 321, NYC
“Using KIBO is one of the funnest and best experiences I have ever had with kids. The excitement, the total engagement is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Our young students loved learning something new, loved the challenges they faced figuring out how KIBO works and the things they might be capable of making it do. Oh, the possibilities…! I truly cannot wait to introduce KIBO to our next four pilot classes and to see where it takes us.”
- Randie Groden, Teacher Librarian
-The Memorial School, Medfield, MA
“Some of the children were so engaged that they became the “expert” and demonstrated to others! It was amazing!”
- Cate Heroman, Vice Chair
-Knock Knock Children's Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
“KIBO supports learning in many ways at St. Pius X. Students use KIBO as a tool to think with, as a platform to make and invent, and as a medium to share the knowledge and understandings they have constructed.”
- Cory Roffey, Learning Coach/Technology Coach
-St. Pius X Elementary School, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Edmonton, Canada
“I love introducing KIBO to young students. The design that includes familiar materials such as wood and blocks makes it feel comfortable to the students while the clear bottom allows them to explore the guts of the robot.”
- Dan Riles, Technology Integration Specialist / Computer Support Specialist
-Brookwood School, Manchester, MA
“Some of the children mastered scanning by themselves. I was really impressed! Especially since we had only 4 mornings to work on programming! All of the parents were so impressed, and daily children were heard on more than one occasion saying, “This is the best camp I’ve ever been to!!!” I had lots of great comments from parents, too.”
- Nancy Kincaid, Preschool Teacher
-Suncrest Primary School, Morgantown, WV
“Look, look what I did. I made it myself!”
“It is not a robot. It is something that you can program to do what you want. It is much better!”
- 5-Year Old