MIT Media Lab alumni used Montessori teaching concepts to create wooden toys that help children understand code without using a screen

Kimberly Smith, a former researcher in MIT Media Lab‘s social computing group, developed an idea to teach children how to code using wooden blocks. The inspiration for the project came from the Montessori method, an educational approach that involves teaching children using their environment.

Smith worked with experts to bring computation to a physical form, making it easier for children to comprehend coding as they played with the physical toys. These products do not require a child use a screen or any form of technology. Smith worked with Yonatan Cohen, another MIT Media Lab alum, to turn this idea into a design studio called Learning Beautiful.

Learning Beautiful sent some of their products for children to try to the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library at the Chicago Public Library. They plan to make their products available for sale later this year or in January 2018.

Learning Beautiful

Kimberly Smith, a former researcher in MIT Media Lab‘s social computing group, developed an idea to teach children how to code using wooden blocks. The inspiration for the project came from the Montessori method, an educational approach that involves teaching children using their environment.

Smith worked with experts to bring computation to a physical form, making it easier for children to comprehend coding as they played with the physical toys. These products do not require a child use a screen or any form of technology. Smith worked with Yonatan Cohen, another MIT Media Lab alum, to turn this idea into a design studio called Learning Beautiful.