Robot To Read Science Stories To Children
Jeremy Scheinberg and his business partner Chris Harden, two creative engineers with impressive pedigrees, have created a new company called TROBO the Storytelling Robot to market and sell robots that read customized, science-based stories to children to help them learn. They are seeking to raise $60,000 on Kickstarter and are already past one-third of their goal after two days.
Recently, I caught up with Jeremy to learn more about their project. The following is what we learned.
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
Chris and I are two fathers who wanted to give our children (and children everywhere) a toy that would answer their questions about the science and engineering in the world around them. As engineers and fathers, we have seen first hand how are children are losing interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We both worked in the theme park and video game industries where storytelling is king but there is a void when it comes to using storytelling to engage children in the science and engineering all around them. We want to bridge that gap and give them an awesome toy that will make them excited about science.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
We are trying to raise $60,000 to finish development of our first 5 stories and build the first manufacturing run of our talking plush toy TROBOs. As of this moment, we have raised just under $22,000 (or 36% of our goal).
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
We are trying to help parents and kids to learn about science and engineering in a fun and engaging way. Kids are full of questions – how is honey made, why do I have to get shots at the doctor’s office. Our goal is to inspire a love of learning by answering those questions using storytelling.
What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?
We are offering everything from T-shirts and stickers to our product. Supporters can get one or more TROBOs and they can even choose to donate them to a STEM program at a school for underserved children. We are really hoping to open up STEM to anyone who wants to learn.