ISTE Live 23 brought together 12,000 educators, administration, technologists, and thought leaders from around the world to explore the latest advancements and trends in educational technology. It also marked the public debut of Lectec, a startup focused on providing hands on educational electric vehicle kits designed for kids. Here's a few cliff notes:
Teaches and administration LOVED it!
- 10+ people told us it was their favorite thing at the entire show.
- Teachers were so engaged that they would go find their boss / admin to come check out the booth.
- On the third day, several people said they heard about the booth from other teachers and came to check it out (we were tucked away in the back left corner).
- So many people asked to buy the kits – we're only in the prototype stage currently but would have loved to get them in your hands!
- Everyone was blown away by the price. We had attendees guess the price to get their feedback, and the median guess was $800. Jaws were literally dropped when we said it was $299.
- They wanted to buy it for their kids and for their classroom - a good sign of product market fit!
The mobile STEM Wagon
- We had the pleasure of meeting Amanda McPherson, Director of Technology at Wetzel County Schools in West Virginia.
- She runs a mobile STEM truck that travels around to different schools within the immediate area. Since they cannot afford a STEM program at each school she devised a mobile program that spends 2-3 weeks at each school, then they pack up and go to the next one!
- Lectec will now be a vital part of the curriculum and experience provided to students in Wetzel County with them already placing a purchase order!
Perfect for camps!
- Several people who run camps / are consultants for camps stopped by.
- Feedback that this was the perfect camp activity, can be built into the cost of attendance and kids go home with something fun that they built.