Joshua de la Llana has created a new learning system that has been designed to make learning about electronics fun and simple, using small modules and a companion smartphone application.
Watch the video below to learn more about the new system which is in its final hours of its campaign over on Indiegogo crowd funding website and has passed its $50,000 pledge goal.
The IQube electronics learning kit is available to back from $149 for early bird backers and provides everything you need to bring projects to life. Its developers explain more :
IQube was designed with safety at heart. This involved keeping choking hazards to a minimum by securing small parts; designing the magnets so that it would be impossible for them to fall off through wear and tear; building the blocks to withstand being dropped thousands of times; and many other precautions. IQube will meet the same stringent toy safety certifications and requirements as much larger toy companies, such as Lego.
Although IQube teaches electronics, it does so in a very safe way. Electrical toy safety standards set maximum voltages at 24V for children’s toys – a very safe voltage level. The IQube has its maximum voltage set at 5V. Children start to nurture the concept of “what I want to be when I grow up” from the age of around 8. This is when they start to become more aware of their surroundings and interested in how things work. We wanted to motivate kids into exploring science and engineering, so we decided to make a toy suitable for this age onward.
At this age, a child’s vocabulary and reasoning skills are already moderately developed. They’re also starting to become more curious about the world around them, and to enjoy making things. We pique this sense of wonder in the everyday by designing the projects around the world they see and interact with everyday: their refrigerator lamp, dimmers, garage lights and fire trucks. After they have learnt these concepts, the app’s Free Form Mode allows them to explore their curiosity and build new projects based on wherever their imagination takes them.