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Startup helps kids learn the science of gadget-making

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A technology education startup launched by two Keralites makes it easier for school students interested in science to tinker with gadgets. BiBox, also known as Brain in a Box, headquartered in Bengaluru, is a programmable electronic platform that helps students from classes V to X build smart machines, robots, and other real-world gadgets. Founded by Sandeep Senan and Madhusudan Namboodiri in 2012, BiBox now has a presence in Kerala schools.

BiBox, apart from the hardware that can be easily assembled, also provides for software. Students have made traffic lights, automatic locking doors, smart room lights, drip irrigation systems, and asthma detectors, etc., using BiBox.
“The box hardware consists of an electronic brain, programmable wirelessly by a mobile application and multiple inputs and output accessories that can be seamlessly connected to it. This plug-and-play system is open and scalable, enabling users to ideate and create real-world projects,” said Namboodiri, who hails from Vaikom.

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He said more than 10,000 students in Kerala were undergoing BiBox programs in schools. Namboodiri said a pronounced need for products like BiBox and other ed-tech applications as learning in the 21st century was no more theory-based. “We have stretched this system of education too far for too long. It is time we evolve and create a system that better prepares students for the real world,” he said. The firm has received funding from the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Pressography.

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