Recently recognised as one of the seven most innovative education start-ups in Europe, Brome-based ‘Think with Things’ plans to revolutionise technology in the classroom.
The start-up, founded by Suffolk resident Isobel Demangeat and her business partner Julie Anne Gilleland, was named one of seven winners of the Open Education Challenge award, in which over more than projects entered.
It develops mobile application software to help teachers use recycled materials as teaching tools.
And it was the idea of setting up something new and innovative that inspired Isobel.
“I have a background in user experience and screen-based interaction and Julie worked in teaching, and we were both looking for something new,” she said.
“The idea developed through years of practical use of recycled material.
“We have watched teachers use it in the classroom and how well it works in schools and we wanted to translate that into a digital format so that teachers in Suffolk and teachers in Brussels can share that platform.”
The award selects the most promising start-ups in the education field due to their innovation, something Isobel believes ‘Think with Things’ has.
“It is not just a screen-based product but it uses the real world. There is a lot of worry about the lack of interaction between young people, who instead use tablets and smart phones and this product brings the digital age into the real world.”
She added the plan was to branch out locally too: “We are hoping to launch a pilot study into around 200 schools, including Eye Primary School, which will give credibility to the app and help it grow.”