Grasshopper is an early learning HaaS that combines technology and STEM learning with active play. Importantly it eliminates the sedentary element of screen time that can lead to cognitive and language delays. Targeted initially for use in Early Learning Centres who must juggle the conflicting mandate of technology-based learning with parental concerns.
- Making tech time active time
- Joint runner-up, 2019 EduGrowth Business Start – Business Plan Competition
The innovation uses Bluetooth, tactile experience, active play and skill-based learning, and draws on research that combined active play and learning provides significant positive impacts on young children.
Grasshopper was joint runner-up in the 2019 EduGrowth LaunchPad Business Start business plan competition. The submission, interview and presentation by Nicole Marshall (& Kern Mangan-Walker) impressed the judging panel consisting of Ryan O’Hare, Pauline Farrell, Warwick Freeland, Georgina McCann and Angelo Nardozza. The judges commenting that it was an interesting idea to connect a device to a physical activity. Adding the smart product idea will need good marketing messages to connect with the target audience.
Grasshopper is the work of Nicole Marshall and Kern Mangan-Walker.
As the joint runner-up of the 2019 EduGrowth LaunchPad Business Start business plan competition, alongside GI Jamie, Grasshopper receives $2,000 to further the business, a one year EduGrowth membership, a one hour mentoring session with an EduGrowth mentor and $10,000 AWS Hosting Credits.