Imagine a Personalized Secret Mission arriving on your child's doorstep every month ... and these missions helping your child to build lifelong learning skills.
If you could do one thing to prepare your child for a successful future, it should engage their imagination, spark action and empower. We are building future leaders, entrepreneurs and overall good citizens, but schools are missing some of the most important lessons. If we do nothing, our kids may not develop the strengths that can help them the most. This is why Superpower Academy exists.
Science shows that skills like resilience, emotion regulation, empathy, and courage to stand up for what you believe are key for achievement and lifelong learning. We take a "learn by doing" approach and facilitate skill-building through open-ended play that puts kids in control of their own adventure. Designed for ages 5-10, but fun for everyone!
Superpower Academy was inspired by my daughter, Riley. She has been described by her teachers as “wiggly” and “playful,” which initially caused us to be concerned. Her teachers emphasized, however, that she is “very bright” and curious. We later learned that Riley (like many kids) learns best by actively working instead of passively listening. The problem is that most school lessons are not designed for kids like Riley.
So, Riley and I combined my Stanford psychology training with her enthusiasm for hands-on projects to create Superpower Academy for all the kids out there who have big imaginations and love learning by "doing." Imagine if kids learned skills like perseverance and thinking outside-the-box through practice and experience. The lessons are rooted in research, but to kids, its just PLAY.
We worked with lots of smart people and have shipped over 1,000 boxes in beta for six-months. We hope you love what we’ve built and decide to support us so we can launch our superpowers into the world!!!
A year ago, Google did a study and found seven skills to be more important for workplace success than science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These skills were social and emotional and included the ability to listen, communicate and empathize with colleagues and customers.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is foundational for productive and healthy children. SEL skills better predict success than IQ, increase academic performance by 13% and college attendance and graduation rates by 11%, are linked to increased professional and life success (see CASEL.org) and critical for innovation and entrepreneurship.
The problem is that schools take time to adapt and SEL may not be a main focus. So, we worked with SEL and child psychologists, educators, curriculum writers and designers to accelerate development of an SEL + STEAM learning program so kids can obtain a complete developmental education TODAY. And, teachers love it so much that those unwilling to wait are bringing Superpower Academy into their own classrooms.
Learning begins with EXCITEMENT! Nothing beats the fun of getting personalized deliveries in the mail. Here are a few of our prototypes:
Your child will be recruited as a hero in training. Personalized "Secret Missions" must be completed to earn superpowers.
Deliveries contain a comic book or story of a historical hero, a STEAM project for your child to build skills, art for reflection and other surprises like talking messages and hidden clues!
Projects are reconfigurable and re-usable for endless invention & creativity.
We are busy creating our next superpowers: Mind-Reading and Laser Focus. Stay tuned....
If you decide to back us, we'll send one of these great rewards. Funds will be used to (1) Launch Superpowers of FLIGHT, SUPER SIGHT and TRANSFORM, (2) Develop classroom curriculum and lesson guides, and (3) Create New Superpowers!
Risks and challenges
We've been refining prototypes and identifying the best suppliers for the past 6-months, and have shipped over 1,000 beta-deliveries. We are excited to re-design even better boxes based on feedback from our early subscribers and get them to you on time. If things come up, however, which they sometimes do, we'll keep you well-informed and promise to work through them to your satisfaction. There is nothing more important to us than bringing delightful experiences to our super kids.
Note: final deliveries may differ slightly from the prototypes pictured.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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