Applying for Grants with KIBO in Mind
There are thousands of grants for educators, administrators, curricula coordinators, as well as social clubs and camps. And it can all start with KIBO.
“In applying for a Maryland State Department of Education grant specifically for robotics instruction, I drew heavily on Kinderlab Robotics’ research regarding the benefits of play and creativity with KIBO. The work Kinderlab Robotics has already done to map their KIBO curriculum to CSTA Standards provided a framework for aligning my proposal with MSDE standards.“
– Jane de Winter, Executive Director, Big Learning Science & Engineering, MD
You’re probably thinking that KIBO only qualifies for robotics or technology grants, but you’d be short changing yourself (and your students). KIBO fits in to almost every aspect of early learning curricula, and therefore, can expand your qualifications for specific grants.
Give children the chance to make their ideas tangible.
Start with the Need
Robotics engages young children in learning concepts and skills through experiential opportunities that are developmentally appropriate. And KIBO, for instance, integrates computer science and engineering with math, literacy, physical movement and the arts. It provides endless opportunities for educational, as well as social and emotional growth.
Discuss the Research
Unlike many programming tools and coding robots for kids, KIBO is backed by science. Real research by Prof. Marina Bers at Tufts University, and her previous work at the MIT Media Lab with Seymour Papert with over 20 years in learning technologies and child development.
Summarize with the Benefits
Designed for open-ended play, KIBO let’s children make (and learn) almost anything. Bring a character from a story to life. Become builders and inventors. Experiment. Create. Develop their own sense of understanding. Explore individuality. And most of all, enjoy learning new things in new ways while gaining self-confidence that stays with them for the rest of their lives.
All this and it’s Screen-Free too.
KIBO’s offline, screen-free advantage is more than just a benefit to students growing up in an online society. The hands-on manipulatives, and “unplugged” logic benefits critical thinking, motor skills, and cognitive reasoning that most coding programs for early learners do not afford. Yet it continues to ready children at a young age to learn programming languages such as Scratch. As a staple in innovation labs as well as the general classroom, it integrates easily into lesson plans for early educators, and the countless opportunities to incorporate KIBO into an activity lends itself to endless engagement by young students.
When considering applying for grants, don’t underestimate the value that KIBO brings. Many programs appreciate the innovation and adaptability that brings forth opportunities to extend monetary contributions. In other words, investing grant money in KIBO goes a long way, and for years of learning.