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A child of boardgames + videogames, cloudBoard keeps kids curious through playful learning. Or develop your idea via the API.

A child of boardgames + videogames, cloudBoard keeps kids curious through playful learning. Or develop your idea via the API. Read More
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cloudBoard is great for the young and young at heart that love exploring new ideas. You can also play cloudBoard together. cloudBoard was tested  with boys and girls, ages 4-12, but Cork The Volcano is generally best enjoyed by ages 6 and up. We've even had grandparents and their grandchildren walk up and play within one minute.

 cloudBoard articles from around the web:

Penny Arcade's Gabe plays cloudBoard with his son

Mashable report on cloudBoard reached "Hot"

Edudemic: "...this is the kind of hardware that is needed in the education technology industry"

Engage Their Minds: "[There is a] need for more girls to get involved in computer science...[so they started] designing a gaming platform that would appeal to both genders"

Examiner: "One of the biggest criticisms of tablet and mobile games for kids is that it removes the tactile experience...cloudBoard speaks directly to this problem"

Explain Technology: "Explain/teach nearly anything with this hands-on game"

GeekDad: "a fun way to teach logic to kids"

Tech Cocktail: "cloudBoard is able to tap into the young brains of children to accelerate learning from the start. That inspires a culture of learning... for the rest of their lives"

cloudBoard is a new gaming system that brings together the play patterns of real-world toys, like Lego and Lincoln Logs, and modern videogames, such as Angry Birds or Super Mario Bros. This connection of real and digital play is achieved by using toy puzzle blocks to play videogames.

As players combine and arrange the pieces, the game detects and responds to the physical relationships the player is creating.

One of the effects of separating gameplay between physical and digital play is that it slows the games down, making cloudBoard a great platform for educational and enriching experiences. Another effect is that cloudBoard removes the isolation of a single player on a tablet and opens up a social space, inviting more children to play or observe. We know that cloudBoard is great for these types of enriching games because we've already made one.

Cork The Volcano is the game that we've developed alongside the cloudBoard itself. It introduces skills such as planning ahead and trial-and-error problem solving, which are the basis of computer programming. Cork plays like Super Mario Bros. making the character run and jump through the world to get to their goal, but with one big difference: instead of controlling the character in real time and reacting to what happens, the player has to plan everything the character will do ahead of time.

There are three steps that children have to take to beat each level:

1. Plan - Look at the level and decide on the best path to take through the level to the golden puzzle piece, using simple commands like 'go left', 'go right', and 'jump'.

2. Program - Place instruction blocks on the board to write a program to guide the character along that path.

3. Execute - Test out the program, one instruction at a time. Each tap on the screen runs the next step of the program.

Once the child understands the basics, we give them more advanced features like loops and modifiers that really let them flex their new skills.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    Welcome to the dreamTeam! We'll give you a big ol' hug if we ever happen to meet.

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    Show your support! These quality tees are comfy, so you're not going to want to keep them at the bottom of your drawer.

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    Pledge $129 or more About $129 USD

    cloudBoard toy and Cork The Volcano game. Be among the first to experience a new way to play and learn.

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    Pledge $165 or more About $165 USD

    More Games! You'll get your cloudBoard and Cork the Volcano as soon as the production is finished. In addition, the next two cloudBoard games we make, along with their unique puzzle pieces, will be shipped to your door when they are both complete.

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    Pledge $249 or more About $249 USD

    Exclusive Young Designer's Edition. For this Kickstarter only, we're printing a hardcover art book and design diary. Unveil the game development process with your child, and access secret levels in Cork the Volcano. You also get your own cloudBoard, Cork The Volcano, and the next two games.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500 USD

    Get cloudBoard in time for Christmas 2013. We can't get you the final edition of cloudBoard in time, but we can get you one of our hand-made prototypes, along with the beta version of Cork the Volcano. Once the final version is done, we'll ship you another cloudBoard.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    Want to leave your mark in the game? We'll work with you or your child to design a level that will appear in the final release of Cork the Volcano and you'll be credited as Guest Level Designer in the game. You'll also get cloudBoard, Cork the Volcano, and the art and design book.

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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000 USD

    Get in the game! You, or your child, will get to design a character for one of our games. We'll work with you to make your concept a reality. You'll be credited as Guest Character Designer. You'll also get a cloudBoard, Cork the Volcano, and the art and design book.

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