Measurement of impact is at the core of our iterative design process.
BloomBox Design Labs tracks innovative measures of educational impact on students, communities, and societies, and will work to constantly improve experience.
We’ve collected data from the first 3 BloomBox installations in urban, rural and refugee camp settings. Each lab is being used slightly differently depending on the needs of the students and teachers at each site. Across these three sites more than 4000 students are using BloomBoxes to explore the subjects that interest them most, with positive results.
What students and teachers are saying:
of students say that BloomBox makes learning science easier
of teachers say that BloomBox has increased student engagement in classes
The #1 suggested improvement for BloomBox by students is to have more time in the lab
What leaders are saying:
"The camp does not have power grids and the solar panels provide a sustainable source of power, children are able to enjoy the resources without experiencing power interruptions."
Tabitha Prithy, PLAN International Partner, Dzaleka Refugee Camp, MW
"BloomBox has become a center of excellence for our students, and as such it has been an immense source of information. We expect an improvement in exam pass rates from this year on. We owe this all to you and BloomBox."
Peter Kauya, Former head of New Beginnings Secondary School, Blantyre, MW
"Today your work has enlightened so many orphans in our country, the children at Baphumelele have grown up knowing how to work on computers, basic computer skills, searching on the web for their homework. There is a saying in Africa “ It takes a village to raise a child – but as young as you are you have raised thousands."
Rosie Mashale, Director of Baphumelele Children's Home, Cape Town, SA
Here's what we learned from over 500 surveys administered to students using BloomBoxes in 2022 + 2023:
of students had never used computers before
are students' highest ranked favorite subjects
of students hope
to pursue a university education
is the most researched subject - the whole world is opening up.
93% of students find the BloomBox fun and helpful
We are constantly learning from students and teachers.
All BloomBox laptops are connected the the RACHEL off-grid intranet server. Our team monitors student activity, and responds to student queries with new and relevant resources every month.
We learn from teachers about how to make educator and student experience better. This means every BloomBox experience is tailored to the specific needs and interests of its students.
BloomBox students' top voted dream jobs ⭐
Social Worker, Welder
“I want to become a police officer next year, and getting my CV ready on the laptops has helped me to better prepare for my career.” - Mzimasi, BloomBox student, Cape Town, SA
Since I love reading books, RACHEL has been my go-to portal for reading classic novels” – Eugstagio, BloomBox student, Blantyre, MW
“ We are the future of this country so it is up to us to invest in ourselves and our education” - Lindokuhle, BloomBox student, Mulanje, MW
Recent student queries received via Datapost 🌍
Why do babies breathe faster than adultS?
What causes thermal expansion of solids, liquids and gases?
How can I edit a music video?
What was life in Africa like right after the second world war?
Why do volcanoes explode?