Thanks for visiting.
We create toy kits and workshops for children (aged 3-15) globally. We want children to build the worlds they want to live in through our STEM toy kits and innovation workshops.
For every kit or workshop purchased, a displaced child out of school receives one for free.
When you shop with us, you diversify the STEM pipeline for the child you love, and another child who may not have the same opportunities.
Why do this?
Think of all the untapped human brainpower in the world. The number of challenges we could overcome if every person in the world had access to a quality education.
Ideally every child would have access to the internet, a great leveller in knowledge inequality, however many children remain unconnected and still out of school (3.7 million refugee children are currently out of school according to UNESCO).
The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbates this but we're optimistic.
In response to this, we're testing out STEAM kits and problem-focused workshops in 2021.
Firstly, we'll be launching our DIY flashlight kit, which teaches children how kinetic energy can be used to light a room. We aim to continue building more products such as a DIY walkie talkie.
Secondly, we'll be testing out our 'Agents of Impact' workshop with parents and schools, where children build their own solutions in teams, to any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Ok I want to help...
Thank you! It's as simple as: you buy, we donate. We're launching a Kickstarter for our product. We only want to be customer/community backed. Sign up to our email to hear first.
For every kit you purchase, we'll donate another one. For every class a child or group enrol in, not only will we run the same session, we'll train and pay displaced adults to run the sessions, giving work directly.
What does 'Ambessa' mean?
Good question! Ambessa/Anbessa means 'lion' in Eritrean and Ethiopian languages and you would say 'Ambessa!' to a child as congratulations or well done. It can mean brave, strong, powerful.
Who runs this?
Hi, I'm Sara.
I like fish tacos and skateboarding.
I come from a technology background (Cisco, Amazon etc) with an undergrad in Business/Computer Science at UCL and experience as a coding teacher, digital researcher and data analyst.
I'm currently studying a MSc in Child Development at the University of Oxford, researching the influence of technology-enhanced learning on children's self-efficacy. For a more in-depth bio, click here.
I took this photo above in my parent's village in Besikdira, Eritrea in East Africa. Any one of these children could go onto cure cancer or take us to Mars. It is not lack of drive or potential but lack of opportunity that is impacting millions of children globally.
For the 'Lost Einsteins'.
Thanks for visiting and if you have any questions just email sara at ambessaplay dot com.