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meeperBOTS are a fun educational tool and toy that will get any child interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
meeperBOTS are a robotic platform for brick blocks, (e.g. LEGO®, Mega Bloks® and others) that enable children to build their own custom robots and remote-control vehicles. meeperBOTS come with a free app that allows kids to easily control their own unique platform.
STEM Learning is taking the world by storm.
STEM Learning uses STEM toys, manipulatives, digital apps, real world environments and more to provide contextual, hands-on invisible learning in the four disciplines.
Meeper delivers learning on all four pillars or STEM and expands in to the Arts with comics, storytelling and drawing.
Meeper enriches play and promotes STEM learning with Robotics, Coding and Building experiences.
Enrich Play & Promote STEM Learning with Robotics
Children’s toys aimed at girls often leave out the robotics, building, and experimentation in favor of other themes that don’t expose them to the STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) fields. However, studies have shown that early exposure to these concepts may help increase girls’ interest in STEM in later stages of education and in their careers. Meeper is making this happen through introducing a toy and learning material that is engaging and fun to any child. Accompanied by an exciting world of characters and stories told through comics, the Meeper world will help kids explore concepts in STEM.
Kids will have the freedom to explore their creativity through an interactive toy that brings together
hands-on learning, coding, and engineering.
When we started the company we were an amazing robotics toy that kids love to play with -- they wait in line for hours to play with our toys. Teachers, librarians, makers and STEM-minded parents pulled us in to education because of the STEM educational aspects of our platform. We couldn't agree more and we're love that we are here!
Our Mission: Closing the STEM Gap in Early Education.
So, now meet our Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG):
Worldwide STEM Early Education #WWStem
Let’s Kickstart STEM for hundreds of schools and thousands of children!
This is our third crowd-funding campaign and we have delivered on the first two for you and we can’t thank you enough for your support. You have helped bring our products to life. Now, let’s take it to the next level.
Our Meeper 3.0 product planning was even more meticulous to ensure we had the best product and were ready for this Kickstarter campaign;
We reviewed tons of brick kits from all different manufacturers to ensure compatibility and design form factors that provided easy attachment and enabled the coolest builds. We have built and rebuilt so many brick kits with our BOTS that our fingers are sore!
We reviewed all the top robotics products on the market and did a full competitive analysis with feedback from children, teachers and parents. Our differentiators of lowest-cost, most-versatile and easiest-to-use are tenants to which we are highly committed and we ensured are true in our Meeper 3.0 products.
We prototyped and prototyped and prototyped – so many 3D prints and form factors to design the best models – we even wore out a printer.
We totally redesigned our electronics to provide you better control. Children love our BOTS because they are fast and fun. But sometimes, you wanted to have more control to build a simple machine, develop BOTCode programs, or in lesson settings. We listened and are delivering better controls and a great new App interface with multi-BOT control, independent motor control and more.
We then market tested with thousands of children at our shows. Feedback and learning was off the chart! Your suggestions have been incorporated in to the products.
We wrote and tested STEM Learning Guides that align to the standards and tested these in classrooms, after school programs and libraries. We even become a certified Robotics badge curriculum for the Girl Scouts! We are serious about STEM learning.
We worked with teachers, schools and education distributors to provide Classroom Kits with all the tools and guides that teachers need to be successful providing STEM experiences. Teachers report Meeper is always the #1 activity requested by children.
Finally, we are staged with our manufacturing partners to be ready to deliver!
Phew – in retrospect, that’s a lot of work! But, it’s also why we are confident in our ability to deliver, not just the product, but great STEM learning for children.
It’s also why we think our BHAG goal of Worldwide STEM Early Education is achievable with your help and support. Let’s do it!
Sponsor a Classroom Kit for your school and enable thousands of STEM experiences and learning for hundreds of children. Sponsor a school and we’ll send them a Classroom Kit.
Let’s Kickstart Worldwide STEM Learning! #WWStem
Because of all our pre-work and planning, we are staged and ready to roll!
Upon the successful funding of our Kickstarter, we will commence manufacturing of the Meeper 3.0 products. As experienced Kickstarters, you know this takes months to build molds and then to execute the sample/testing process. Because our products must fit bricks perfectly we have to be very precise and ensure every aspect of the mold and final product meets our specifications. So, we are aiming for end of first quarter of 2018 for delivery of the Meeper 3.0 product pledges.
Since many of you don’t want to wait to get your hands on the Meeper, we have pledges for the meeperBOT 2.0 product that will be delivered by Christmas for you!
And, Classroom Kits are also ready to go. If you sponsor a school, we will also deliver these in December so children are up and running and engaging in STEM activities when they come back from the holiday break.
We can’t wait!
Pre-Order your MeeperBOTS Now!
Showing off their incredible MeeperBOTS!
Get your very own MeeperBOTS so you and your children can have a fun and exciting learning experience that will last a lifetime!
The Meeper team is now introducing version 3.0 through their crowdfunding campaign. Meeper 3.0 available now exclusively on Kickstarter. Previous iterations of the toy are currently available at our online store and select retailers as well as one of the rewards for Christmas delivery. meeperBOTS have received a huge positive response from kids, educators, and parents.
We have a rich set of Rewards - some available before Christmas!
Don't miss out on a great opportunity to Sponsor a School for STEM learning.
Note: The meeperBOT 3.0 and Meeper Motor are blue in our pictures and videos. We have not determined the final product color. You love our Meeper Blue and NEON Green or we could stick with the BOT Gray that's on the meeperBOT 2.0 chassis. Love you feedback -- what color should it be?!?!?
Note Two: The Meeper Motor Reward will open up on December 1, 2017. We hope to have enough momentum for our $75K goal by that time to manufacture the meeperBOT 3.0 and the Meeper Motor!
Our first product, meeperBOTS, was inspired by our inventor’s 6-year old son, Will who spent hours with his Lego™ kits creating custom masterpieces. Will said the only thing that could make his Legos® better is if they would MOVE! Will wanted to get more out of his Legos® and so do we.
So Meeper Technology, LLC was founded in September 2014 to create new, engaging experiences for kids to make their brick-block and eventually other toys MOVE! Our patent-pending BOTS and Mobile App Controller use BLE sensors to control the BOTS – up to eight or more at a time!
What's a Meeper?
Meeper is the signal, connection and sound that connects the Meeper Controller to the meeperBOT.
mpr10 is our hero.
The meeperBOT: BOTT0
Meet BOTT0, mpr10's friend and sidekick. the meeperBOT is controlled by mpr10, moves and together they create vehicles, solve problems, build things -- all controlled by the child in the meeperBOT Controller App. mpr10's sidekick is BOTT0, the meeperBOT that helps mpr10 build, create and learn.
These exciting BOTS can really move and are used to create vehicles, solve problems, build things and are controlled by a child with the meeperBOT Controller App. mpr10's sidekick is BOTT0, the meeperBOT that helps mpr10 build, create and learn.
We love to have fun here at our Galactic Headquarters and we have spent many hours playing and planning our activity and learning guides. Here is a list of our favorite activities, kid tested and approved:
Smash Up Derby: Get into teams and compete in 2-minute heat rounds until the strongest bot wins!
BOT Battles: Design your own battle bot and battle them against other bots! Experiment with different styles and strategize to become the strongest bot.
Destruction BOT: Create a meeperBOT that will destroy the most buildings or towers. Find out which structures are most vulnerable to destruction.
Meeper Soccer: Create soccer teams and jerseys with your bots and compete for most goals! (Hint: Be sure to include a good catcher in front to guide the ball.)
King Of The Hill: Push your enemies off the hill to remain king of the hill!
Hungry Hippo: Build a catcher and snag as many bricks or balls as you can!
Meeper Parade: Follow the leader through obstacles or mazes while parading your creations.
Best Bot Competitions: See who can build the most creative bots. Compete for things like tallest, longest, and most indestructible.
Meeper Drag Race: Make a race track and race against your friends for that first place spot! Time your partners to find out speed and velocity.
Meeper Maze Race: Create mazes to race or push objects through. Watch out for obstacles and trap rooms! Meeper Drag Race: Make a race track and race against your friends for that first place spot! Time your partners to find out speed and velocity.
And best of all...don't forget BOTCode Activities! Do them all again with code.
Thank you again and don't forget your pledge!
Get a Meeper for Christmas or Sponsor your favorite school, library or club!
When you sponsor a school, library or club, take a minute and tell us a little bit about the organization and why it's important to you. We'll share your sponsorship on our website and these stories as well.
Nominate Your School or Club or Library!
We know there are many schools in need of STEM, but can't afford it. For every ten (10) Classroom Kit rewards pledged on Kickstarter, Meeper will donate one (1) Classroom Kit to an organization in need.
Nominate your school (club/library) for a Meeper Classroom Kit donation! Tell us a bit about your school, STEM educator, children, program or more! Message us on Kickstarter and we'll include your organization in a pool that we will draw from at the end of the Kickstarter.
Risks and challenges
Our team is passionate about the new Meeper products and we’d love for all of you to join us on a big, hairy, audacious goal to bring STEM to early education worldwide, #WWStem, and especially to engage young girls. We have tested this proven product and know you will love it!
We have executed two successful crowd-funding campaigns in the past and delivered all rewards. We are prepared to deliver all Christmas rewards and are confident we will deliver these on time. We have planned even more meticulously for this campaign and new product release, but unexpected things happen, especially when we get to manufacturing of our new products.
We will do everything we can to make sure your reward is delivered on time and as scheduled. If there are any delays we will work with our backers and be fully transparent during the entire process.