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An interactive display for children to build, test, share, and explore with tangible toolkits.
An interactive display for children to build, test, share, and explore with tangible toolkits.
58 backers pledged $3,695 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

What Now?

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:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1550300857/slate-interactive-display-for-tangibles/posts/90199

About SLATE

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:

  • SIGGRAPH
  • TEI (Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction)
  • CyTSE (Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education)
  • IDC (Interaction Design and Children)

Objectives

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!

FAQ

  • Yes! Our target goal represents only the minimum we need to achieve in order to receive funding. Now that we have reached our initial target, we are announcing a new funding goal (and pledge rewards!) to achieve a set of extended objectives.

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    Early access to documentation for building your own SLATE system and toolkit

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    One miniature Mechanix piece for your fridge

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    3 interchangeable magnetic fiducial mounts to support custom toolkit development

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    Three Mechanix pieces of your choice (choose from a wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane, or home piece)

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    A full Mechanix toolkit + early access to documentation and support for building own system and toolkit

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    We will work with you to design and create your own personalized toolkit + early access to documentation and support for building own system and toolkit

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