Tatum has been busy checking out Kibo a robotics kit designed to encompass all aspects of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) for children aged 4 and up. For starters, there aren’t many STEAM products out there that truly embrace the “A” in STEAM. Kibo does in a variety of ways.
Kibo ships in it’s own plastic tub which is a joy for teachers who want to make sure all of the pieces stay together. He comes with a variety of parts that make him do a variety of things.
Kids design Kibo any way they want to. It starts with the base, add some motors and some wheels and Kibo is ready to go. Kids can add lights, a spinner and a variety of accessories that make him even more fun. Kinderlab Robotics just announced a marker extension kit that allows Kibo to draw with markers.
Programming is a cinch. Kibo comes with programming blocks and each block clearly says what it does, for example forward and backwards. Each block also has a barcode. When programming kids start with a begin block, scan it’s barcode and then move through the program. When they are done programming, they simply scan an end block and they’re in business.
With Kibo a lot depends on the child’s imagination. Tatum wanted to create a way to show off her Five Nights at Freddy’s Plushies and was able to do that by putting her plushie on the spinner. Kids can add signs, drawings and other art to Kibo to really bring the experience to life.
What makes Kibo even more fun is there’s no wrong way to set him up. There’s also no wrong way to program him and all the while children using Kibo learn the fundamentals of programming similar to block language but without the need for screen time.
Check out Tatum’s video above and check out Kibo in person at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida, January 23-26th, booth #2312 and online at kinderlabrobotics.com
Here’s more of our FETC 2018 coverage here.