Project Bloks was preceded and shaped by a long history of research: from Friedrich Froebel, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget’s pioneering work in the area of learning by experience, exploration, and manipulation to the research started in the 70s by Seymour Papert and Radia Perlman with Robot Logo, TORTIS, and everything in between.
More recently, work in tangibles by MIT Media Lab and Tufts University was highly influential. Approaches to visual programming — namely Scratch, ScratchJr, and Blockly — also informed our approach.
The project evolved with the input of thought-leaders in many fields, including Computer Science, education, user experience research, and accessibility. During research and development we worked and tested with more than 150 children.