October 5, 2021
A new Kickstarter campaign from CircuitMess, a Croatian startup, lets you build and code your own Batmobile. The kit is designed to teach children aged seven and up about engineering and autonomous driving.
“CIrcuitMess is truly inspiring,” said Francois Simonetta, vice president at Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMA Agents. “Turning toys into elaborate STEM kits that teach both electronics and coding is a great way to encourage kids to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) by doing what is most natural to them: playing. We are excited that the CircuitMess Batmobile is their next and greatest STEM kit so far.”
CircuitMess has created several educational products that aim to have kids and adults create rather than consumer. This includes MAKERbuino (a do-it-yourself game console), MAKERphone (a DIY mobile phone) and STEM Box, a STEM projects subscription service.
Build your own self-driving Batmobile with just these parts. Photo credit: CircuitMess
“We love the kits that we’ve been able to create for the crowdfunding community and want to continue to offer it to them first,” said Alber Gajsak, CEO of CircuitMess. “With three successful Kickstarters that have raised more than $850,000 in total, we have been able to get proven interest and traction for our special kits and deliver exciting projects to people all over the world.”
Tasks within the Batmobile kit include learning how autonomous vehicles work, how to code a microcomputer, how computers track objects, and how to develop your own computer vision algorithm. The company said no previous experience or knowledge is needed in order to “become a true STEM Superhero.”