Since 2007, through generous funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF Grant No. DRL-1118897, DRL-0735657), the DevTech Research Group has been researching how to create a developmentally appropriate robotics construction set for young children in Pre-K through 2nd grade.
The first prototype was called KIWI and consisted of intuitive, easy to connect construction materials including: wheels, motors, light output, and a variety of sensors (Sound, Light, and Distance sensors). KIWI is designed to work without any screentime using wooden programming blocks.
The KIWI prototype paved the way to developing KIBO which is now commercially available through Kinderlab Robotics. Kinderlab just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and would like to thank all contributors for their support!