Design of Interactive Toy as Support Tool in STEM Education for Children with Special Needs

  • Sandra CanoEmail author
  • Sandra P. Mosquera
  • Victor M. Peñeñory
  • Pablo A. Bejarano
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 847)


STEM education relates to a set of disciplines relevant as: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Children with special needs (CSN) face many challenges in the classroom, since their learning may change depending on their disability or disorder. Teachers must use communication strategies and learning methods that can be adapted to their needs. The proposal is based on building a principal character, with one or several missions to fulfill, with whom the child can interact in areas of knowledge such as mathematics, literacy and computational thinking. The interactive toy called “Learning with Tobi” has the advantage of offering a rich playable environment in terms of use of multimedia and interactive usability, integrating the digital with traditional dolls. Nowadays, with the technology growth all the things tend to be connected. IoT offers a platform for sensors and devices to communicate seamlessly within smart environment and enables information sharing across platforms in a appropriate manner. Therefore, designing the Tobi interactive teddy bear, low-cost with electronic components and sensors as RFID, Gyroscope and Bluetooth to communicate through a mobile application and interacting with physical elements.


Interactive toy Internet of Things Children with special needs STEM education 



This work was part supported by the OCDS funded project OCDS-CUD2016/08 of the University of Balearic Islands, together with the Institute of Blind and Deaf Children of Valle del Cauca and Institute Tobias Emanuel, Cali – Colombia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad San Buenaventura CaliCaliColombia

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