Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools

by DigitalKidZ Foundation
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Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools
Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools
Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools
Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools
Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools
Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools
Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools
Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools
Support STEM education in 1000 Bulgarian schools

Dear friends,

the 2020 was a year that none of us will forget - the COVID, the social distance, the online education, the the fear of the unknown and all the time we spent closed at home.

This increased the amount of time that children spent with their digital devices while browsing online. As scientist declare 50% ot the teenagers feel dependent on their devices, but we at  DigitalKidZ would like to replace the passive usage of technology, that leads to addiction with an active project based learning. 

Unfortunatelly, in 2020 we did a step back. We've realised that before to equip the teachers and students with digital devces, boards and any kind of coding skill, we have to be sure that they are digital aware.

Digital literacy refers to the knowledge, skills and attitudes that allow children to be both safe and empowered in an increasingly digital world. This encompasses their play, participation, socializing, searching and learning through digital technologies.  

And Z was born.

Z and his friends - the Flash fox, the Bite dog, Mrs Pixel the Owl and Bloo, the monkey are our cartoon amabassadors, through which experiences, children who listen to or read the books of The Z's Journeys will learn rules for safe use of the Internet and the importance of their digital footprints.  

The first book is already available at Amazon - https://amzn.to/3asJh2J and 1000 copies in Bulgarian were sold out in less than two months.

Trilled by this success, we developed a serie of in-class materials and workshops based on the book story to support teachers organise digital literacy workshops among their students.

The project was awarded by the Central European Startup Awards as the Best Virtual Teamwork Solution in 2020.

Since, 2021 we'll add a book from the The Journeys of Z in any DigitalKidZ GO box and will develop a series of workshops for teachers to accompany any of the learning-by-doing engeneering sets we produce.

Thanks to your support, more than 100 Book Clubs in Bulgaria will receive a donation of books and in-class materials to join our #DigitalAware initiavice on February, 11th, when we will celebrate the Safer Internet Day (SID). 

If you believe in DigitalKidZ support our cause, please share our page to your friends and peers. Let us make the digital (r)evolution possible.

Stay tuned and see you soon. 

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Dear all,

thanks again for your generous support.  We are marking great progress in our mission to design, produce and disseminate the innovative interactive box DigitalKIdz GO! to every classroom in Bulgaria. During the past three months we have built fully functional prototype of the waterfall project (you can see the prototype below). The project is directly related to the real curriculum in Bulgarian schools, particularly - biology, physics, information techologies, arts. We are also in the midst of building our digitalised solar system model which will launch the project-based learning in Bulgarian schools at the next level.

Meanwhile within the next three months we will begin testing the code libraries for each project with the help of highschool students from 12 to 17 years-old interested in computer programming. We will gather the necessary feedback on the functioning of DigitalKIdz GO! which will allow us to perfect the prototypes and be ready to start producing it.

We need your generous support to make this goal happen. With your help we will reach at least 1000 schools, donate each schools at least 1 DigitalKIdZ GO! and educate the teachers and children how to use it thus experiencing the digital revolution. 

If you continue to support our cause, please share our page to your friends and peers. Let us make the digital revolution in Bulgarian education a reality.

Stay posted for videos of fully functional prototypes and demonstration of the prototypes by students.

See you soon!

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Our prototypes
Our prototypes

Dear all,

thanks for your generous support we are continuing our mission to design, produce and disseminate the innovative interactive box DigitalKIdz GO! It will help children to learn the basics of programming by working on different projects - alone or in groups. During the past three months we have been experimenting with different projects, that could be implemented through our box - a waterfall, a house and the solar system (you can see the prototypes below). The projects will be directly related to the real curriculum in Bulgarian schools, particularly - biology, physics, information techologies, arts. We have also managed to design and brand the box (pic below). We are currently working on the contents of the box which will include (so far) - construction elements depending on the project, guidebook, educational plan for the project, promotional materials. 

Meanwhile we are about to start testing the code libraries for each project with the help of highschool students interested in computer programming. We forsee DigitalKIdz GO! to be useful to children in secondary schoolq from 12 to 17 years-old.

Thanks to you we have been able to generate the necessary amount of USD 5000,00 and now we have long-term presence on Global Giving. But we are still far from our ultimate goal. With your help we can reach at least 1000 schools, donate each schools at least 1 DigitalKIdZ GO! and educate the teachers and children how to use it thus experiencing the digital revolution. If you continue to support our cause, please share our page to your friends and peers.

We will keep you posted. See you soon!

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Our box
Our prototypes
Our prototypes
Our prototypes
Our prototypes
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Guys, great news .... according to the Global Giving terms and conditions, we should raise in 2-weeks campaign at least $5000 by 40 different donors to become part of the platform in a long-term time. This will anable us to remain on GlobalGiving.org until the project is fully funded. Thanks to your support, we did it and now we're in. Yupeeeeee!!!

On Saturday, March 23, during the "School for Future" Conference, in my keynote was the first official announcement of DigitalKidZ GO! prototype for smart-home. The teachers were really excited and wanted to know more about it. ven to test it - attached are some pictures. This give us the optimism that, we're on the right path.

Please, keep in mind that the conversation about DigitalKidZ GO! continued in the coffee break and some of the visitors' chairs just look empty, they are not. :)

I'll be more than thankful to share about the crowdfunding campaign with your Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin contacts, we're heading into the final strech of the March Accelerator. The campaign ends at 11:59pm ET on Friday, March 29 - the more we raise, the more schools in Bulgaria we can educate and donor more DigitalKidZ GO! kits. You can use this link to share - https://goto.gg/38667

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DigitalKidZ Foundation

Location: Sofia - Bulgaria
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DigitalKidZ Foundation
Ivelina Atanasova - Genchev
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Ivelina Atanasova - Genchev
Sofia, Sofia Bulgaria

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