Rethinking disability as opportunity
If you don't have a hand, what could it be? BOOST (previously Superhero Cyborgs/Superhero Boost) invites kids to celebrate the bodies they're in, and learn how to reframe their disability as a one-of-a-kind design opportunity. What if we lived in a world where disability and assistive devices are met with, "WOAH THAT'S SO COOL! I WISH I HAD ONE OF THOSE!!!"? We'd like to find out.
BOOST is a project of Born Just Right. We offer 5-day intensive workshops for kids with a range of abilities. Our participants learn some pretty cool tools and technology (like 3D printing, robotics, or AI), and work alongside professional designers, engineers, and makers to bring their fantastic ideas to life. Post-workshop, they are "buddied up" with design and engineering professionals for 4-6 months to continue developing and refining their prototypes.
We want kids to leave our workshops with a new perspective, technical skills, confidence in the design process and their ability to make, connection with kids who have a similar condition, relationships with design and engineering professionals, AND a super cool body mod.
Our Mission + History
Born Just Right’s mission is to build creative solutions that help kids with differences live a more enjoyable life. We believe giving kids design and STEM knowledge empowers them to create their own solutions. We are focused on three major outcomes:
Raise awareness about the power of design and STEM education.
Identify and support inclusive designers & brands.
Support and grow a community for kids and parents to help foster learning.
We rely on a lot of talented volunteers to make these workshops happen. To learn more about our core team, click here.
BOOST started in 2014 as a project of KIDmob, the mobile kid-integrated design firm, and transitioned to a project of BJR in late 2018. It has been made possible by the time and support of many wonderful individuals and organizations. Special thanks to our incredible sponsors and partners who have made these workshops possible: Autodesk, Google, Helping Hands Foundation, California College of the Arts, and Brown University!