Kinderlab’s Kibo Homeschool Product Review
Kinderlab’s KIBO Product Review
KIBO is a screen-free STEAM robot kit based on 20 years of child development research, that lets 4-7 year-olds build, code, decorate, and run their own robot.
- Grades: Pre-K-3rd grade
- Subjects: STEM
- Category: Non-Religious
- Format: Hands-on
- Price: $169 per kit for individual students.
How to Use Kinderlab
How do you get started with Kinderlab?
- 25-minute training video introducing KIBO and The KIBO Zoo, a 6-8 hour introductory curriculum PDF.
- Additional videos, including tutorials and examples of use with young learners.
- Peer-contributed activity ideas and classroom stories on the Resources site.
- Stay up to date on Social Media. Follow them on Twitter (@KinderLabRobot), Facebook, LinkedIn or YouTube.
Kinderlab also offers a wide range of add-on extensions to expand your KIBO fun, such as attachments to allow KIBO to draw, platforms to build with LEGO™-compatible bricks, and more.
Why introduce coding and robotics? With KIBO, kids can tell stories, invent games, and explore their interests more deeply through creative projects that integrate coding with arts and crafts. The perfect way to learn – through play!
The benefits of introducing coding and robotics to your young kids:
- Easy and fun
- Unplugged learning
- Levels the playing field with their peers
- Collaborative play with siblings and friends
- Encourages expression and creativity
- Children of all abilities can communicate, vocalize feelings, and express themselves
- Coding and robots are a fun way to learn to drive home existing curriculum and studies
Kinderlab Program Features
When you make the commitment to purchase KIBO for your young learners, we want to ensure you’re successful in bringing robotics into your homeschool.
The KIBO curriculum integrates:
- Computational thinking (Programming)
- The Engineering Design Process (Building)
- Integration component (Curricular Theme)
This comprehensive set of curriculum materials supports you in every way. You’ll get easy to implement lesson plans and fun play-based activities to introduce KIBO and build students’ basic engineering and programming skills; but you’ll also get support in integrating robotics into your homeschool with a wide range of cross-curricular connections to literacy, community, dance, science, and more!
Why is KIBO the perfect STEAM Coding Robot for young ones?
- It’s a screen-free toy! Time to get off those devices and play!
- Kids can show off their cool new coding skills
- With KIBO, they can have fun with their siblings, friends, parents, and grandparents. KIBO is fun for all ages!
- STEM/STEAM and Makerspaces are all the rage in today’s schools. Imagine the skills they can bring back to school and share!
- Get creative! Kids decorate their robots and bring their creation to life. Create puppet show, have a KIBO race! Sky is the limit on the possibilities!
- A safe, tested and robust product that will last years. This is not a play-it-once toy!
- Give the gift of “sneaky” learning. They won’t even know they are learning invaluable STEAM skills such as the engineering design process – Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Test & Improve and Share – that they can use in any of their classes!
- Solid research foundation based on 20 years of research by leading early childhood development researcher, Professor Marina Bers from Tufts University.
- Tested and approved in 59 countries and by thousands of children and their caregivers.
Kinderlab Pros and Cons
Kinderlab Pricing Information
Kinderlab is now offering a 3-Month KIBO Robotics Course for home educators to teach robotics and coding to their young homeschoolers in an easy and affordable way! This rental program includes the KIBO robot and a complete step-by-step curriculum. KIBO is easy to learn for young children to learn – and easy for you to teach! ($169)
The core curriculum, “Creating with KIBO” is designed for helping young children build, create, and learn to code with the KIBO robot kit. It provides an engaging introduction to powerful ideas from computer science, engineering and robotics in a structured, developmentally appropriate way: the engineering design process, robotics, sequencing a program, control flow through parameters, branched statements, and sensors. After being exposed to this curriculum, young children will be able to engage in both computational thinking and engineering design, while having fun with their KIBO robots. The curriculum integrates the use of art materials, literacy, music and dance. It is aligned with Common Core standards.
This 40-hour core curriculum framework covering programming, robotics, and the engineering design process with KIBO, was created for children 4 to 7 years old. Its scope and sequence is based on over a decade of research done by Prof. Marina Umaschi Bers and her DevTech research group at Tufts University. Check out their Early Childhood Robotics Network, to find other curricula for using KIBO and integrating it with different content areas in the early childhood classroom.