UK startup has created a dough which allows electricity to run through it, helping children enjoy science and technology.
Play dough is making a comeback thanks to the tech startup, Tech Will Save Us, who have invented a dough of the future. Dough Universe, aims to help children learn about circuits and create light, sound and movement using electronic dough.
The startup creates toys that help children learn about the world through technology and play. Dough Universe allows children to create basic circuits and discover the foundations of real, every day electronics. There are a number of kits to choose from, including a ‘Move Kit’ to help them create and understand moving items such as cars. Each kit comes with a controller that conducts electricity and instructions via an app to show users how to connect to positive and negative points. The app will be available on iOS and Android.
The company uses crowdfunding to finance their creations. So far, more than USD 68,000 has been pledged on Kickstarter to make this item a reality. This campaign’s objective is to get more four to seven year olds interested in science, technology, engineering and maths, particularly important skills if later in life they wanted to work in science or engineering fields. With technology fast becoming one of the quickest growing industries in the world, this could be how we see learning stepping up a gear in the future.
In China, a drone kit was launched last year giving kids an introduction to IT programming and DIY games, whilst girls in the US were inspired to become engineers with dolls houses transformed to allow users to design furniture, power fans and lights. They were also a target audience for smart bracelets, which were designed to get young girls interested in coding. As children become more familiar with technology, what other school subjects could benefit from an intake of innovation?