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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cool Stuff from Maker Faire: LightUp

Another thing I was very excited to see at Maker Faire last weekend was LightUp out of Stanford. They make kits for kids to learn electronics by building projects.  This project combines electronic building blocks with the first augmented reality tutor app.

There are a couple of things that I really like about it.

1. There is no soldering or breadboards involved.  The pieces snap together magnetically.

2. The LightUp app helps kids learn about the flow of electricity and helps them trouble shoot their circuits. 

  • You take a photo of your circuit

  • And the app will show how the electricity flows through your circuit.

I love that this product is focused on  having people "learn by making", and I would really love to see these show up in schools as a great hands-on way to learn electronics.

If you want a kit, or want to support the project on Kickstarter, you have until June 30th when the project ends.  They are almost halfway to their funding goal of $50,000. I am a backer and look forward to getting my kit and to seeing how this product develops.

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