Who said that Informatics Engineering Is it only for adults? A new project on Kickstarter is challenging this notion by offering an interactive book that introduces children to the fascinating world of computing.
Technology education for children remains an underexplored (and controversial) area. Many parents and educators are looking for ways to introduce children to concepts like programming logic, circuits, and algorithms from an early age. This is where this project comes in.
The campaign has a funding goal of 265,346 euros and has already attracted more than 5,800 sponsors. With 21 days left to reach its goal, the project is quickly gaining traction in the crowdfunding platform.
This is no ordinary book. It has six interactive pages that teach basic computer engineering concepts. From better positioned light sensors to a screw-on plastic battery cover, the book is designed to be both educational and practical.
The book is a sequel to a previous project and comes with several improvements suggested by the community. This includes better placement for light sensors and short descriptions on each page for easy learning.
Although the creator is confident of delivering the book for the December holidays, he warns about possible unforeseen delays and challenges that could arise, such as shortages of chips and other components.
The book is designed to be sustainable. The batteries are replaceable and should last several years, adding an element of environmental responsibility to the project.
Backers have several options to support the project, from an early edition for about 30 euros to a package of six books. Each option comes with its own advantages and quantity limitations.
More information in Kickstarter.