About this project
Initial Funding Goal Achieved!
Thanks to all of our supporters who helped us reach our initial funding goal in just 15 days! We are excited to see so much enthusiasm for SLATE, which has somehow survived through countless hours of late night, after-work build sessions. It goes without saying that we are incredibly thankful for this opportunity to develop SLATE even further.
Because our initial funding goal only supports the minimum that we would like to do with SLATE, we are announcing a new goal of $5,000 to achieve the following objectives:
- Support networked Interactions
- Create new Mechanix Toolkit Pieces
- Develop support for Custom Toolkits
Here is a video of a prototype of the networking feature:
You can read more about these exciting new objectives here:
SLATE (System for Learning and Assessment through Tangible Exploration) is an interactive system for children to design, build, test, and explore with tangible toolkits. Existing toolkits such as LEGOs provide little support for documenting your designs, making it hard to share your work and even harder for others to build and build off of your creations. SLATE is a system that seamlessly documents and displays designs created with tangible toolkits. This allows children to easily learn from each other, either in person, over a network, or from a growing library of user-generated examples.
Awards and Conferences
Our first SLATE toolkit, Mechanix, has received the following rewards:
- Disney Learning Challenge prize for Innovation (SIGGRAPH & Disney Research)
- Education Award at Maker Faire 2011 (Bay Area)
We've also been featured at several international conferences including:
- TEI (Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction)
- CyTSE (Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education)
- IDC (Interaction Design and Children)
With your support, we hope to develop SLATE from a working prototype into a system that can be used in educational environments like schools and museums. This will involve:
- Developing more robust and portable hardware
- Further developing software for remote collaboration and novel interactions
- Creating an online community and resources for developers and hobbyists to design their own toolkits
- Developing additional toolkits
- Testing with children
We hope you will join us in our goal to provide children with rich opportunities to collaboratively design, test, and explore with tangible toolkits. If you would like further information, please visit our website or send us a message using the link below!
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