Kibo, Wins Parent’s Choice Gold Award
One of the most well thought out and designed robot kits for teaching STEM skills and Robotics to children, Kibo, just won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award in the toy category. Kibo is geared towards children aged 4-7, however our 10 year old edtech reporter, Tatum F, has enjoyed putting Kibo together and then programming him. “It doesn’t feel so kiddie” she said. The other unique thing about Kibo is he doesn’t require any screen time, and all of the parts are self contained, in it’s own plastic box (parents will love this).
The Parents’ Choice Foundation has been honoring toys and games that exemplify playful learning for over 40 years. They specifically look for toys that encourage hands on learning through play, educational value and long-term play value. They also consider products that have developmentally appropriate content and challenges, product design and function, and benefits a child’s social and emotional growth.
Mitch Rosenberg, CEO of KinderLab Robotics, Inc. states, “We are very excited to receive this Gold Award from Parents’ Choice. Our mission falls directly in line with the tenets of the foundation: that children are born scientists, musicians, artists; that kids learn through play; that we need to help children develop STEM literacy in addition to the traditional skills of reading, writing and arithmetic; and that learning is fun. We are honored to receive this award, which provides additional validation of our original vision for KIBO.”
The Parents’ Choice Foundation’s panel of educators, scientists, artists, librarians, parents, and kids recognized KIBO as a fun, imaginative and easy way for young children to learn 21st century STEAM concepts by being able to design software code using wooden building blocks, create sequences, and learn design processes. KIBO is unique because it is age-appropriate for young children, and combines STEM with arts and literacy. The Parents’ Choice Awards’ reviewer, Sharon Heuscher affirms, “Children simply connect the blocks in the desired sequence, scan the sequence with the [robot] base’s infrared sensor, and off the robot goes. This is a simple, hands-on, and multi-modal way for children to learn the basics of coding: sequencing, analytic thinking, problem-solving, and more.” She continues, “It’s all hands-on. And that’s playful learning at its best.”
The Parents’ Choice Awards program is designed to help parents and caregivers to make informed decisions about which new products are right for their children, and identify the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels.
You can check Kibo out here.