STEM education for all
When the idea for SwopBots first came about, our mission was to reach those children who were not already passionate about coding and engineering. We made SwopBots for children who had not yet found success with other coding products. We especially wanted to appeal to girls and to children from minority backgrounds.
The reason the SwopBots story is so important to us is to grab the attention of children who are more comfortable with a book than a laptop. Our goal is to capture their imaginations and let them know that computing might be worth a second look, not because we think everyone should be a developer or engineer but because everyone can benefit from the kinds of skills that come along with a little knowledge of how computers work. Logical thinking, problem solving, perseverance, trial and error, correcting mistakes and team work are not only important to engineers, they are skills that are of benefit to everyone.
Today we were delighted to feature alongside other great education products such as Lego, Tynker and Adafruit in a blog post by Microsoft Education who are also working to bring a little STEM knowledge into the lives of all young people. We sincerely hope that we can play our own small role in this community and bring the joy of technology to a wider audience.