MONTREAL, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, MakerBloks introduces four new games, including a new iOS tablet app, to empower the next generation of makers and inspire STEM education. With MakerBloks, more than 40 million children across North America can now create, build and design real electronic circuits, without any prior technical knowledge.
MakerBloks are reactive color-coded, magnetic blocks that guide children through the basics of electronic circuits in a simple, fun and immersive way. To keep kids engaged, MakerBloks is introducing four games to pre-order on Kickstarter, including:
- Light and Sound Intro Kit – featuring the basics to building circuits
- Music Kit – featuring keyboard, microphone and flute games
- Spy Kit – featuring voice changing and burglar alarm games
- MakerBloks World – an interactive tablet game that combines the virtual and physical worlds
MakerBloks World is a state-of-the-art tablet game that combines the virtual and physical worlds. The tablet’s front camera uses unique MakerBloks visual recognition software to read and react when a child assembles the blocks correctly, all in real-time. With MakerBloks World, the child advances through an educational game that uses puzzles, rocket launchers, and imaginative settings such as candy land, water world and outer space, creating a truly immersive way to teach kids how to build and use electronic circuits.
“With over 15 years specializing in designing children’s games and toys, I understand how games should look, function and feel,” saidFrancois Poirier, CEO and founder of MakerBloks. “I also know how important longevity is. Parents want their kids to use games and toys for as long as possible. The best part about MakerBloks is its ‘hack-ability’ – the instructions are just the beginning. Teaching kids about science and technology is a great start, but helping them to be more resourceful, more creative and to feel empowered is what MakerBloks is really about.”
Founded in 2014, MakerBloks was inspired while Francois was shopping for a game or toy for a six year old that was fun, easy-to-use and educational. Since everything was either too complex or had no educational component, MakerBloks is designed for children starting at six years old. Each kit features:
- Colorful blocks that magnetically connect together on all four sides
- A guide that explains what each block’s electronic symbol means
- A set of instructions that is optional! Follow the instructions or troubleshoot your way to success!
- A hacking hint: every game can be assembled multiple ways – the possibilities are only limited by your imagination
MakerBloks is available for pre-order today on Kickstarter, with intro kits starting at $45 and advanced kits, including intro kit and additional blocks, begin at $85. The MakerBloks iOS tablet app will be available for download once the kits begin to ship in Fall 2015.
For more information about MakerBloks, please visit http://makerbloks.com/en
Francois Poirier founded MakerBloks in 2014 after he realized that there are no simple ways to teach young children about electronics. Pairing beautiful design with functionality and fun, MakerBloks gives parents the tools to set their child up for successful learning in science, technology, engineering and math. Easily identified and connecting flawlessly every time, MakerBloks start with a battery, but are powered by imagination.