Brief: Kickstarter Celebrates STEM Projects By Hosting Event in Brooklyn Headquarters

Cubetto 6

Earlier this week, crowdfunding giant Kickstarter held a STEM event at its headquarters. It was revealed that those who attended the special event were able to enjoy some children-focused games that were all about programming.

David GallagherDuring an interview with Engadget, Kickstarter’s director of media relations David Gallagher shared that the platform only exists to support and celebrate creativity and that STEM programs can put kids on the path towards being creative in new ways.

Gallagher then commented that promoting STEM helps fight inequality by getting children from underrepresented groups interested in those field. He noted that STEM projects tend to do well on Kickstarter because it’s an underserved market.

Currently on Kickstarter are nearly 200 various crowdfunding projects that are dedicated to STEM. As previously reported, Crowdcube #FundedClub member recently hit the platform its coding toy, Cubetto.

Cubetto 4Cubetto is a toy for both boys and girls and is powered by what is described as a “tangible” programming language. Children help the device, a wooden robot that wants to be told where to go and how to get there, find its way home by writing their own programs. The kiddos use a set of colorful coding blocks for this process.

Other toys included in the STEM category are OurWeather and Tio.

 


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