About this project
GoBox is a fun and easy way to learn programming through a build-your-own robot kit with monthly robotics missions that are delivered right to your door! The first month, you’ll get the GoPiGo robot car, and every month after that you will be assigned a mission to accomplish! Each month, your GoBox will include a new sensor and step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish a mission -- complete with illustrations and links to helpful videos.
We believe that the more someone knows about the way technology works, the more effective and successful they will be in any career they choose. However, the way that technology - like engineering and computer science - is taught, caters to those with a specific style of learning, and can often be boring and frustrating for many of us because it requires so much background knowledge.
To solve this, we’re making an easy-to-use robot kit that will enable and excite anyone with any background to learn about coding and technology.
With the GoBox, you and your child can explore robotics and programming together, from the beginning. If your skills are more advanced, your monthly GoBox still gives you a fun way to connect, create, and explore new concepts alongside your child, niece or grandchild.
We've reached our initial funding goals rather quickly so we are laying out some stretch goals!
Stretch Goal 1 ($60,000): We heart Python. If we reach this stretch goal, we will create parallel materials for each lesson in Python.
Stretch Goal 2 ($100,000): Where do robots come from? We'll develop a feature video that explains how we design and manufacture our robot.
What is the GoPiGo?
The GoPiGo is the foundation of GoBox. GoPiGo is a robot car we designed, built, and launched last year. With the awesome feedback we received from thousands of users and our thriving, creative community, we have learned how to make it easier to assemble, more durable, and a lot more fun to use! All of these improvements will be included in the GoPiGo2, as a part of this GoBox Kickstarter!
The GoPiGo is built around a really neat $35 single board computer called the Raspberry Pi (the green board in the picture below). It was developed by a UK foundation a few years back and has taken the education world by storm -- making it easier than ever for young people to get their hands on electronics and learn to program. It's easy to use, and we think it's the best platform for beginners because it doesn't require any prior knowledge.
You can program the GoPiGo in many languages including Python, Scratch, Node.js, and Go. Our awesome community has even developed Windows10 for the GoPiGo! Don't know what any of these languages are? Don't worry, GoPiGo helps you learn the basic coding languages.
When we looked at how to make GoBox accessible and engaging for all skills levels, we decided that developing the missions for the GoPiGo in Scratch was the best option.
Scratch is an easy drag and drop language developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for teaching new programmers how to code. Rather than typical lines of code, you’ll use simple shapes and graphics to program your robot.
Why a monthly subscription?
It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Your monthly GoBox comes with a new sensor for your robot to help you accomplish a mission. Each mission builds on the next, so you are learning new skills and staying engaged over a period of time -- which we believe is the key to success!
What’s a Mission?
What’s more exciting than going on a mission? Our team of illustrators, animators, teachers, engineers and designers are crafting beautiful and easy to understand materials that lead you through a story that helps you accomplish something cool with your GoPiGo and each new sensor.
Check out this sample robot Mission, which not only teaches concepts about biomimicry but does so in a way that explains programming concepts like if and else statements, how robots read sensor data, concepts like thresholds, and math concepts like averages and how they apply to coding.
Each Mission will be accompanied with helpful videos to get you started and walk you through certain parts of the Mission.
Each mission has fundamental engineering principles woven into the mission. The GoBox teaches new ways to think about how to approach and solve problems.
Each mission presents a problem and provides the tools to approach and solve the problem in your own unique way. Our missions encourage the design theory approach: state the problem, design, build, code, test, and iterate.
This allows students to find their own answers, and encourages them to come up with their own missions!
Programming Concepts: Making them real.
With GoBox, you’re not just playing with a robot, you’re actually learning programming concepts without it ever feeling like a computer science class. A robot makes the whole coding and programming experience tangible and real.
Some of the concepts that are taught in the 12 GoBox missions include: program structure, if then statements, forever until control structures, variables, loops, nesting loops, waits, sequencing, state machine, inputs and outputs, broadcasting, conditional statements, iteration, variables, random numbers, event handling, parallel execution, and boolean logic.
Aren't sure of what all of these terms mean? No problem - that is exactly what GoBox is meant to help teach.
Not just a toy.…
Since GoPiGo can also be programmed in Python, Go, Node.js and a growing list of other languages supported by our community, when you or your child outgrows Scratch, a whole world of powerful programming languages awaits! Also, because the GoPiGo is open source, our active community is constantly adding new examples, languages, and features.
Our Favorite Reward - GoBox - The Basic Package.
The full package. You get the upgraded GoPiGo2 full robot kit delivered to your door before the Holidays. Then, over the next 11 months, we’ll send you a fun new mission for your robot to accomplish with a sensor. The missions are in a story form of step-by-step instructions that take you through the whole experience. You’ll have full access to our video library and support forums as well. The monthly sensors include the light sensor, sound sensor, ultrasonic sensor, buzzer, LED, motion sensor, button sensor, infrared sensor, and the brand new GoPiGo Line Follower.
- GoPiGo2 - the new and improved version of the GoPiGo! You’ll get the brand new version of the GoPiGo robot for the Raspberry Pi. The robot is easy to assemble and turns your Raspberry Pi into a robot car! (works with all versions of the Raspberry Pi)
- Printed Missions - Each mission comes as a full color printed booklet. For those that already own a GoPiGo, these missions, the software, and the sensors will work with the older version of the GoPiGo as well as the GoPiGo2.
- Additional Supplies - Each mission will come with additional supplies to help you add more functions to your GoPiGo in order to accomplish the missions.
- GoPiGo Line Follower - The GoPiGo Line Follower sensor helps you program the GoPiGo to find and follow lines written on a surface.
- Camera - The Raspberry Pi camera is a 5 megapixel camera that connects directly to the Raspberry Pi on the GoPiGo. The camera can be used to take pictures, stream video, and track objects.
- Servo Kit - The Servo Kit mounts to the front of the GoPiGo, and enables things to rotate on the GoPiGo. You can connect an ultrasonic sensor, Raspberry Pi camera or other sensor to the servo to get it rotating independently from the GoPiGo.
- Light Sensor - The light sensor detects different levels of light around the GoPiGo, and enables you to program the robot to react to those readings in whatever way you choose!
- Sound Sensor - The sound sensor reads the level of noise around the GoPiGo and enables you to use that data to make the GoPiGo react to changes in noise.
- Ultrasonic Sensor - The ultrasonic sensor tells how far the GoPiGo is from a solid object. It can be used to measure distance from a wall, person, or another object.
- Buzzer - The buzzer adds sound and alerts to the GoPiGo. Make a sound with the GoPiGo to send alerts or scare your cats!
- LED - The LED adds lights to your GoPiGo. This LED can be attached to the GoPiGo to add a little personalization, help debug programs, and light up the room.
- Motion Sensor - The motion sensor detects moving objects around the GoPiGo.
- Button - Add a button to your GoPiGo. You can plug the button sensor into the GoPiGo to command the robot to move different ways, and do different things.
- Infrared Sensor - Send commands to your GoPiGo with your TV remote or other infrared based remote controller.
- The GoPiGo2 - Get just the robot. You already have a Pi. GoPiGo2 is our latest version of the GoPiGo Raspberry Pi robot car. Easier to assemble, more durable, and more fun!
- Six Month Mission - If you already own a GoPiGo, you can test the waters with six months worth of missions (1/2 of the sensors).
- Twelve Month Mission - If you already own a GoPiGo, you can get 12 robot missions -- with the full set of sensors. A GoBox will be delivered to your doorstep every month for a full year!
- The Early Bird GoBox - Get the robot and all the missions! You'll get a box every month for a year with a mission and a sensor. We'll ship you the new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays!
- The Six Month Mission + GoPiGo2 - If you want to test the waters with six months of missions and still need the GoPiGo. You'll get a box every month for half a year with a mission, a story, and a sensor. We'll ship you the new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays!
- The GoBox USA - The GoBox - Get the robot kit and all the missions! You'll get a box every month for a year with a mission and a sensor. We'll ship you the new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays!
- The GoBox International - The GoBox - Get the robot kit and all the missions! You'll get a box 4 times per year with a total of 12 missions and accompanying sensors. We'll ship you the new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays!
- The GoBox Advanced - Get the robot kit and all the missions! You'll get a box every month for a year with a mission and a sensor. We'll ship you the new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays! You'll also get a Servo Package and a Camera giving your GoPiGo robotic vision!
- The Custom GoBox - You'll get a GoBox every month for a year with a mission and a sensor. We'll ship you the new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays! You’ll also get a Servo Package and a Camera. You get to select a custom color for the acrylic body for your GoPiGo!
- Twins (GoBox x 2) - Double your fun! Maybe you've got two kids or grandkids that would both love building a robot. You'll get two GoBoxes every month for a year with a mission, and a sensor. We'll ship you two new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays!
- Workshop/Classroom Pack (GoBox x 5) - You'll get five GoBoxes every month for a year with a mission and a sensor. We'll ship you five new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays!
- Meetup Pack (GoBox x 10) - You'll get 10 GoBoxes every month for a year with a mission and a sensor. We'll ship you 10 new GoPiGo2 in time for the Holidays!
- The Insider - See how the Pie is made! Not only do you get a 12 month GoBox, but we'll fly you from anywhere in the world to see how the GoBox and GoPiGo are made. You’ll arrive in Shenzhen, China where you will get a full factory tour, a visit to Huaqiangbei, the world’s premier electronics market, and we'll treat you to the best cuisine Southern China has to offer! We'll throw in a free personal translator as well!
Custom GoBox Colors
Want a color other than clear? If you choose the The Custom GoBox Backer Level, you will be able to choose the color for your GoPiGo2 robot body. We will offer the following custom colors:
Where we’ve been.
When the Raspberry Pi first came out, we realized the power of this little $35 computer -- not only in getting people interested in technology, but learning about robotics! We saw the robot trapped inside each Raspberry Pi that we believe has mass appeal to all kinds of learners.
We tested the idea through a Kickstarter campaign for the GoPiGo 1, and were overwhelmed by the response.
Since then, we have been doing everything we can to gather feedback and build a better robot that is easier and even more fun to use!
We’ve shipped thousands of GoPiGos and received fantastic feedback from our engaged and creative community. We still weren’t getting where we wanted to be though: a robot that anyone, with any background, can use.
We wanted to make it even easier to get started with coding and robotics, so we assembled a team to make a system that could help anyone, with any background learn robotics. And, after redesigning our hardware, software, and now developing missions that pull it all together, we think we’ve done it -- GoBox!
For the past few months we’ve been designing, redesigning, and testing our new materials with groups of parent-child teams, and transforming our lessons into missions that teach robotics in a fun way.
We’re devoted to robotics education. Our company has been around for five years, and we are passionate about designing and making robots that people enjoy using.
John - All around nice guy. When not answering questions on our forum or thinking up new robots, John is helping Karan keep our code fresh. John founded Dexter Industries.
Taryn - Customer experience wizard. Taryn has many hats at Dexter Industries, but the most important one is keeping customers happy and making sure we’re all learning.
Bridget - Bridget is an engineer, a teacher, and mom. She’s the fantastic writer that designed our missions, brought them to life, and even did some early testing with them on her own kids!
Karan - Code and Hardware Ninja. Karan is always either writing new code or helping others write their own. He’s constantly answering questions, improving the code for our projects, and making things better, easier, faster.
Drake - Illustrator extraordinaire. Drakes work speaks for itself: he designed all the beautiful pictures on this page! He is also our lead designer for the GoBox.
Amanda - Key Account Queen. Amanda makes sure we deliver on our promises by making sure every product makes it to the customer. She's managed our Kickstarter rewards before, so we got this.
Amber - Customer Success Angel. Amber is on the front lines listening to customers and helping them find what they need. She's a positive force of nature that gets us all organized and operating smoothly.
Our Community and Support
By far the biggest accomplishment with the GoPiGo has been establishing an open, supportive and growing community. Our inspiration, the source of our feedback, and our wellspring of ideas has been the Dexter Industries community.
By backing our project, you become part of that community, and with it, get access to a wide breadth of knowledge and support that is shared on our forums, newsletters, Facebook, and Github.
We take immense pride in having three successful Kickstarters under our belt! We’re getting pretty good at figuring out the manufacturing side of a successful Kickstarter project, and making sure we deliver what we promise.
How we’re using backer contributions.
We’re developing curriculum. GoBox is a sequence of missions designed to take you step-by-step through your journey of learning programming and robotics. In order to do this well, we have illustrators, designers and artists, working alongside engineers and professional educators that have developed curriculums and learning programs for decades. Everyone on our team is passionate about developing the most effective and engaging program that’s out there!
We’re setting up the tooling, designing beautiful packaging, and building systems for testing the GoPiGo2, the Line Follower, and other sensors included in your GoBox.
How’d we come up with these goals?
Based on our past experience of what it takes to do these types of projects, we’ve set our goal at $30,000. We’ll be able to deliver a high quality program that will thrill any adult-child team. However, surpassing that goal will allow us to develop even cooler missions — so if you want to see how crazy things could get, share with your friends, family and school.
Delivery by the Holidays!
Delivery by the Holiday Season! We’re committing to getting the first GoBox to our backers in time for the 2015 Holiday Season (latest delivery of Dec 20th).
Every month after...
What’s better than getting a robot for Christmas? Well, GoBox is even better because it’s the gift that keeps on giving — with a new mission and equipment delivered every month for the rest of the year!
Where we’re at right now...
As of our launch, we have the hardware and software designed and prototyped. We have a manufacturing plan in place as well as agreements setup with our suppliers. All that’s waiting on the hardware end is for us to give the signal!
We have the first few lessons written (see our example lesson here!), tested, and graphically illustrated. We’re working on the next eight, with most of the content developed. Over the next three months we will have these final lessons tested, iterated on, illustrated, and polished.
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Risks and challenges
As with all hardware projects, the risk of delays is possible. We’ve spent the past five years building and shipping hardware. We have built manufacturing partnerships to help plan for and manage these risks.
That’s not to say there are things we haven’t seen! We’ve worked to secure our supply chain, run design-for-manufacturing tests, and set everything up to run smoothly. However, each time we start a new project, new challenges arise. We will handle these challenges with the same enthusiasm, honest communication, and diligence that we’ve handled challenges in the last three projects.
We’re abiding by the golden rule of hardware manufacturing: estimate conservatively!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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