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We’re back! Cubetto is a hands-on coding toy for kids aged 3+. It teaches coding without a screen, using a programming language you can touch.
A new Cubetto adventure, exclusive to Kickstarter
Cubetto is a friendly wooden robot that loves to go on epic coding adventures.
For this super-short, 14-day campaign we present award-winning Cubetto Playsets and African Savannah: a new, limited-edition collectible Adventure Pack to expand Cubetto’s learning and play.
*Remember, once the campaign finishes you won’t be able to get these anywhere else! So pledge now to book a place on Cubetto’s safari.
This is how it works...
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Coding without the screen
Cubetto’s board is a control panel and his blocks are a real programming language you can touch. No screens, no wifi. Think Montessori meets coding.
For girls and boys aged 3+
We’ve introduced children in over 100 countries to coding through Cubetto, irrespective of gender or language.
How does it work?
Children write programs to get Cubetto from A to B. Along the way, they learn the fundamentals of coding including algorithms, functions and debugging.
Does it really work?
Our Montessori-inspired coding system is already used by 40,000+ educators, parents and librarians in 100+ countries across the globe.
Here’s why our amazing community loves Cubetto...
Inside every Playset
Every Cubetto Playset comes with the tools you need to begin your coding adventure right out of the box:
1x Interface Board
16x Blocks (6x Forward, 4x Right, 4x Left, 2x Function)
1x World Map
2x Storybooks (User Manual + Cubetto’s First Day Storybook)
New for 2018: Expand play and learning with the African Savannah Adventure Pack…
African Savannah is a wild safari ride across sun-baked plains and rolling grasslands. Take a trip with Cubetto through baobab groves, dodge lions, then cool off at the watering hole with elephants, giraffes and a host of other new characters.
We’ve made a beautiful new illustrated book, with a Cubetto on safari storyline and step-by-step instructions to support your coding and learning. You can use it as a play manual or to inspire your own stories.
We’ve also created a collectible set of eight, limited edition play cards. Inspired by the animals, sounds and sights of the African Savannah, they’ve been designed specifically to help you create challenges and games with the storybook.
Use the cards in conjunction with the ebook to extend and expand Cubetto’s African adventure, with extra coding activities and navigation tasks to play with and puzzle over. Or you can use them to play games that develop memory, pattern recognition, and numeracy skills.
And here's where our other Adventure Packs will take you…
Deep Space - A trip to the fringes of our solar system. Visit the International Space Station, Mars, and Jupiter. Wave at our pale blue dot from the depths of our galaxy.
Blue Ocean - A submarine voyage below the waves. From bubbling underwater volcanoes, to sunken treasures. Swim beneath the icebergs of the North Sea, and up again.
Big City - A fast-paced ride through a bustling metropolis. Negotiate high traffic between dizzying skyscrapers, and take in the parks, markets and landmarks. Beep beep!
Ancient Egypt - A historical journey to the Great Pyramids. Learn about long-lost civilizations and hieroglyphics. Unearth ancient treasures, and solve the Sphinx mysteries.
Swarmy Swamp - An airboat ride through a misty marshland. A world filled with exotic plants and animals. Take in the sights, and make some friends along the way.
Polar Expedition - A heart-thumping Arctic race. Slick through icy plains, past polar bears and weather stations. Travel by starlight under the Northern Lights.
What else can you do with Cubetto?
Learning with Cubetto doesn’t start and end with the Playset. There’s a whole world of imagination-sparking activities, transporting stories, marvellous maps and engaging games just waiting to be discovered in the Cubetto universe.
Turn Cubetto into a drawing robot with our Colouring Pack
Equip Cubetto with some chunky marker pens and a Doodle Band and create your first graphic design masterpieces. The magic is that even here there is no need for a screen! It’s all done in a real-world, tangible setting.
Get crafty with DIY Cubetto modifications
Creativity is a key part of learning about computational thinking, and it can take some unexpected forms. Bust out your craft kit and take Cubetto on a DIY odyssey.
Why should preschoolers learn coding?
As the world becomes increasingly digital, programming is becoming seen as a new kind of literacy. Like academics and teachers around the world, we believe that learning to code will soon become as important as learning to read and write.
But that’s not because we think that all children should grow up to be programmers. Here are three reasons why learning to program can give children a headstart:
i) It nurtures creative expression - Like cooking or painting, programming is a fundamentally creative process. You start with nothing and finish with something
ii) It teaches problem-solving - Lines of code don’t always work the first time. You have to puzzle out what’s broken and debug your program. (This also develops resilience.)
iii) It demystifies tech - Teaching children what computers, smartphones, tablets and devices can and can’t do means that we can help them become creators rather than just consumers of technology.
How is this coding?
Algorithms - Algorithms are sets of precise instructions. The blocks are a physical representation of specific instructions, and once compiled, form an algorithm children can actually touch.
Sequences - Instructions in programs are executed following precise orders. In other words, an intentional sequence of instructions, or a queue, represented by the Board's S-shaped line.
Debugging - The instructions are laid on the board, and are immediately executed by Cubetto, so when he doesn't arrive where he should, fixing mistakes is as easy as swapping a block.
Recursions - Make a loop by creating a repeated sequence in the function line (a block of reusable code), and run the code with a blue block when you need it.
How is this Montessori?
It's non-prescriptive - Cubetto empowers children to take control of their learning, add creative input and see the results of their own unique approaches to problem-solving.
It's child-centred - Meticulously designed to meet children at the correct developmental level, Cubetto enables little ones to take on challenges they can master and progress with.
It builds resilience - Solving problems with the blocks is about trial and error. Once a sequence is sent to Cubetto, the result is immediately obvious. If wrong, they can simply debug and start again.
It's sociable - Gather friends and classmates and play together, building communication skills, teamwork, cooperation and negotiation, all facilitated by a friendly little wooden robot.
It’s wooden - There are no garish colours or distractingly loud sound effects. The Playset is a thing of beauty that sits perfectly alongside traditional Montessori materials.
Cubetto in education
Cubetto brings coding to life in early years classrooms around the world. We offer special support for educators using Cubetto to introduce computational thinking and technology, from 120 cross-curricular lesson plans to case studies from a variety of educational settings.
Fresh from winning the prestigious 2018 Bett (British Educational Training and Technology) Award for Early Years Content, we can help you introduce Cubetto to your school, Montessori centre, coding club or STEM programme.
See what educators recommend…
Recognised both by the design industry and by parenting organisations, Cubetto is already a contemporary design classic. Primo Toys was featured in the recent Amazon Video documentary, ‘This is What We Make’, which highlighted companies that prioritise innovation.
D&AD, Cannes Lions, Red Dot Design and Loved by Parents Awards have all given it the seal of approval, and we hope it becomes a treasured object in your homes too, one that you’re proud to have on display.
Who are you people?
From modest beginnings of two founders in a flat, we now count a community of thousands of Cubetto devotees. Our core mission, set five years ago, to make coding accessible in early years, is still our guiding principle. We’re parents, makers and tech enthusiasts.
This is our story…
We’re all set. The Cubetto Playset itself is already in production. This campaign will allow us to produce and launch a new Adventure Pack and Play Cards, and we’re prepped to the max.
(A) LEDs, (B) Sequence Line, (C) Function Line, (D) Go Button, (E) Big Screw, (F) Direction Arrow, (G) Battery Housing, (H) On/Off, (I) Shell, (J) Wheels, (K) Castor, (L) On/Off, (M) Battery Housing
Why Kickstarter again?
Kickstarter feels like second home for us. A place where we can connect with an amazing community of forward-thinking people and backers. Having been here before on three separate occasions – in 2013 to finance Cubetto's development, in 2016 to launch Cubetto at scale and in 2017 when the Kickstarter team invited us back to produce new maps for Kickstarter Gold – it feels natural to return with a set of products entirely exclusive to Kickstarter.
The Cubetto Super Series, of which this is the first, is a run of mini campaigns that will offer fresh new ways to play and learn with brand new Adventure Packs. And they're only available to here.
Staying true to our maker roots, we love that Kickstarter gives us a straightforward and transparent way to share our new ideas and creations directly with the community. We are super excited to be back. Thank you for joining us for the next part of this epic journey!
Filippo Yacob (Co-Founder & CEO), Matteo Loglio (Co-Founder), Valeria Leonardi (Co-Founder), Ben Callicott, Hugo Mathers, Alessandro Paglia, Federica Orlati, Dimitri Hadjichristou, Simon Rudder, Sze-Von Lam, Magalie Belmo, Giorgia Migliaresi, Melenie Schatynski, Bella Harrison, Natasha Woolsey, Ro-Anne DeWeerd, Kit Cockburn, Michael Taylor, Natasha Polyviou.
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Risks and challenges
Having run three successful Kickstarter campaigns, delivering Cubetto to more than 10,000 satisfied backers in around 100 countries, we’re confident that we can deliver again for our fourth time on the platform, just as we have the previous times.
We’ve prepared to succeed, and prepared as much as we can for any challenges that may present themselves along the way. If any obstacles do appear, we pledge to resolve them to the best of our abilities, before they have any effect on you.
Our strong manufacturing relationships have been established for three years now, and we’ve effectively delivered on a dozen production runs.
We give you our word and guarantee that every backer will be valued individually, and will receive a quality product made with skill, dedication and passion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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