Launched this week via a worldwide Kickstarter campaign, Mover Kit is part iconic accessory and part education tech toy. It’s a wearable that kids, young and old, make and code themselves. The latest make it yourself kit from the London startup Technology Will Save Us, Mover Kit encourages imagination and play through movement and activity while teaching kids fundamental skills around programming, electronics and how to solve problems creatively with computational thinking.
“We take on this philosophy and tap into the hobbies and passions we love – to create toys that kids make, code and invent with,” comments Bethany Koby, co-founder and CEO of Technology Will Save Us. “We designed Mover Kit alongside children and tested prototypes with over 300 kids. They showed us that they were most excited about technology that they could wear and that responded to activities and we’ve been delighted with the response to the finished product.”
Mover Kit is a wearable device that comes with all the components needed for assembly, including the brightly coloured LEDs, printed circuit board and rechargeable battery. There’s a snap band that allows kids to attach it to their wrist, their scooter or even the dog!
To accompany the wearable, Technology Will Save Us has also created an inspiring and educational ‘Make’ platform filled with projects that help kids invent and code with their Mover Kit. Its functions are endless – from making running more fun to bringing joy to teeth brushing or creating a flashing light sabre. Mover Kit’s coloured lights respond to movement and encourage active play.
Mover Kit will be joining a family of kits at Technology Will Save Us, all designed to spark the creative imagination of kids aged 4-16. Technology Will Save Us conducts extensive research projects funded by organisations like NESTA, Google and Mozilla, to understand what young people love doing and what helps them develop skills outside of school. Its inspiring and iconic products are sold at educational institutions such as MoMA in New York and The Science Museum in London. The team at Technology Will Save Us also designed the BBC micro:bit – a tech learning tool commissioned by the global broadcaster and given to 1 million young people in the UK.
“While kids are avid consumers of technology, they can find creating and making with it complex and scary. Kids who might want to get involved in making with digital technologies are getting left behind,”continues Bethany Koby. “Mover Kit is about educating kids through play and also addressing the ever-present problem of our gender gap.”