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KIBO Appeals to Kids' Imagination

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Not necessarily a fan
Elizabeth M   6/18/2014 5:31:09 AM
While I think these tools are useful, I can completely see your points, Nancy Golden, and I agree with them. While kids are more tech savvy than they used to be, it is coming with a price, as you so eloquently illustrate in your comment. Kids forget how to play and be kids, it's true.

I am lucky to live in a rustic place in the countryside of Portugal, where kids don't have the ready access to tech that they do in the US and other more developed areas of the world. Kids here still run around and play on the beach, climb trees, catch fish, jump in the sea, etc. They also don't watch as much TV as kids in other countries. So there is a benefit to letting kids be kids as well.

I think in the U.S. there is a big focus now on becoming more technologically advanced in general, as the country is falling behind some others in these matters. So there is a big focus on STEM tools for kids. Maybe you're right in that there might be too much of an emphasis on tech for kids who should be riding their bikes or doing other more fun things. At least tools like KIBO are also fun for kids.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/18/2014 5:22:38 AM
Yes, Daniyal, it always amazes me how tech-savvy kids can be these days. It's almost frightening in a way. It does train their minds in a different way, I agree.

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   6/17/2014 5:53:16 PM
While you make valid points regarding child development, I think we are introducing children way too early to technology. What they really need is quality time with their parents exploring nature - most youngsters are already naturally curious and there is so much out in the world to stimulate thinking. While KIBO's goal is admirable, I am getting really tired of seeing family members burying their noses in technology rather than interacting with one another. If you want to appeal to a child's imagination - show them an unusual leaf and ask them about the shape - pull out the telescope and observe the stars in your backyard. Time enough for programming later - go catch some fireflies. I am a test engineer and understand the value of programming but I would much rather see my son dipping his toes in a creek and chasing a frog then playing with yet another technology-directed toy. Home projects building model rockets and shooting them off provide plenty of STEM awareness. Sorry but that is my perspective as a parent who is also passionate about STEM - but in an age appropriate context. Legos work just fine for KIBOs targeted age group regarding using their imagination...

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Daniyal_Ali   6/17/2014 2:00:17 PM
I agree Liz. The kids these days are already too smart and much more intelligent than us. I remember when i was a kid, and when i compare that to the kids these days i am amazed by their potential and thinking capabilities. The KIBO will help in chaining that talent and flair to a positive direction and a streamlined way, which will possibly give us much more qualified, talented, innovative and capable scientists in the future.

Elizabeth M
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Preparing the next generation of engineers
Elizabeth M   6/17/2014 6:30:44 AM
More and more of these educational toys/tools for kids are going to prepare a new generation of engineers well for their tasks--as well as help kids think creatively in other ways. KIBO seems to be very well researched and thought out. This project is definitely worth some supoort from the community, in my opinion. I think kids will not only become interested in STEM but also other fields as well, and it will hone their minds and skills for many things in the future, both professional and even in their personal lives (ie, organization, critical thinking, reasoning).

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