We know you are just as passionate as we are about providing innovative, age-appropriate robotics to your learners to enrich their STEAM learning. We want to support all that you are doing and to share your success stories with the world.
What you can expect from us as a KIBO Ambassador
Discounts and Freebies!
- A free set of our curriculum booklets to help you spread the word about best practices with KIBO (over $200 worth of curriculum products!)
- A copy of Dr. Marina Bers’ latest book, Coding as a Playground
- Welcome packet with fun KIBO swag, including KIBO stickers for the students
- Discounted or free products when you help beta test new KIBO add-ons
Recognition and professional development
- A KIBO Ambassador badge for your website and email use
- Recognition on the KIBO Ambassadors page on our website
- Opportunity to be a guest contributor to blogs and webinars
- Showcase your work with editorial opportunities with KinderLab PR; we’ll help you expand your reach and develop your career as an education influencer
- Co-present with KinderLab at conferences and workshops. We’ll contribute to your registration costs and provide loaner KIBOs.
Opportunity to shape product and curriculum development
- Hear about KinderLab developments early, through Ambassador-only communications.
- Review and provide input on new curriculum materials before they are released to the public.
- Participate in beta tests when we introduce new features/products; beta test participants receive discounts or freebies on the items they test.
Sharing and collaboration
- Trade ideas with other ambassadors in periodic private online meetups. Dr. Marina Bers and members of her research team will join some of these meetups!
What we’d like you to do as a KIBO Ambassador
Ambassadors can help in many ways, and we’re grateful for all support! The following tasks represent the full set of participation goals for the program.
- Promote educational use of KIBO by showcasing your own use on social media. (The timing can vary based on your actual KIBO use) – 12 posts per year
- Write a guest blog post on KinderLab website, submit a Child’s Play newsletter article, or submit a complete KIBO lesson plan (we’ll provide the template) – 1 per year
- Post a video of your KIBO use; we’ll cross-post it on our KIBO Resources site and Tufts’ DevTech’s Early Childhood Robotics Network sharing site – 1 per year
- Speak or present about KIBO at a conference or workshop – 1 per year
- Provide feedback in a new product or curriculum beta tests As requested Act as a reference and provide testimonials about your use of KIBO – As requested
- General advocacy for creative early childhood STEAM education! All the time!
Interested? Get started today!
Apply to become a part of our Ambassador program by completing our online application form. The form will ask you to describe your KIBO teaching experience and your social media details. In addition, we’ll ask you to submit a brief activity description or lesson plan outline for KIBO.
Some of the things we’re looking for in a prospective ambassador include:
- Experience with KIBO, whether teaching, coaching, implementing (as an administrator), or developing curriculum. This experience might be in a school setting, in a university, or in an informal education setting (museum, afterschool, makerspace, etc.). What’s important is that you’ve had real-world hands-on KIBO experience with learners.
- A track record of presentations at education conferences, professional development workshops, and the like.
- A strong social media presence and following.
- A love of KIBO!
Spaces in the program are limited. A KIBO Ambassadorship lasts for one year, after which you can reapply to continue.
Note: Being a KIBO ambassador is an unpaid, voluntary role. We appreciate the work of our ambassadors and we’re excited to support your efforts in turn, but as an ambassador you are not considered an employee or agent of KinderLab Robotics, Inc.
We celebrate our current KIBO Ambassadors and look forward to welcoming more:
- Katherine Blagden, Educational Consultant (MA)
- Megan (Haddadi) Bounit, Prospect Hill Academy Charter School (MA)
- Sara Carpenter, Hoover City Schools (AL)
- Kathryn Caster, Perry School K-8 & Eliot Pearson Children’s School (MA)
- Cinthia Corica, Labot Argentina (Buenos Aires)
- Jane de Winter, Big Learning Science & Engineering (MD)
- Jennifer Dorsey, A World of Friends School (MD)
- Marlene Gabriela Marques Fernandes, Jardim de infância de Arcozelo das Maias (Portugal)
- Bryan Flaig, Education consultant – Makerspaces and STEM Curriculum (CA)
- Ash Friend, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum (OR)
- Burke Greenwood, KiDDo (Spain)
- Stacy Hurt, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (IL)
- Angie Kalthoff, ISD 742/Code.org Facilitator/Learning Engineer Consultant (MN)
- Heather Lee, Idaho STEM Action Center (ID)
- Celestino Magalhães, Externato de Vila Meã (Portugal)
- Michael A. Marks, TSC Robotics (MA)
- Marsha Odell, Children’s Computer Corner (WA)
- Baziel Pearce, Pearce Learning Tech (GA)
- Carmelo Piazza, Brooklyn Preschool of Science (NY)
- Maribel Santos Miranda Pinto, Adjunct Professor – Instituto Politécnico de Viseu & Researcher – University of Minho (Portugal)
- Kitty Rea, Ms. Kitty’s Harmony Road (CA)
- Cynthia Ramirez, Parkwood Elementary School (TX)
- Dan Riles, The Meadowbrook School (MA)
- Helen Schwartz, New England Jewish Academy (CT)
- Barbara Tennyson, Needham Public Schools (MA)
- Sabrina Tirachen, Jewish Community Day School (MA)
- Dr. Julie Wilkerson, McKendree Elementary School (GA)