Cubelets® robot blocks by Modular Robotics are a fast and easy way to inspire kids to become better thinkers. Simply snap Cubelets together to easily create your own robots, no programming required. The behavior of your robot is determined by your construction. How your robot behaves emerges from what blocks you use and how you orient them.
Cubelets are unique in that you can code any Cubelet to do something new. Programming the various parts in parallel helps you learn about how systems work. It provides intuitions about how parts interact to become something bigger than themselves.
More on these interesting Cubelets and the modular robots you can build with them will follow soon on robots-blog.com as we have a kit in our hands and have just started to play with it!
Low Voltage Labs LLC, a maker of STEM products for Raspberry Pi and soldering kits, has purchased the line of robots from Plum Geek Robotics. Low Voltage Labs owner Eric Thompson will continue to work with Kevin King, the creator of the Plum Geek robots, to ensure the smooth transition of Low Voltage Labs taking over the robotic product line.
Low Voltage Labs is already manufacturing WinkBot, and expect to have the first robots available in April of 2019. WinkBot, a robot that is programmed with Arduino, can use basic programming to follow lines, seek lights, detect barriers, and more. It is the perfect robot for those learning to program code. Users learn the basics of the C language in a fun, non-complicated way.
Low Voltage Labs has also started production on the Ringo robot. Also programmed with Arduino, Ringo was designed to inspire people learning to write code to breath life and real personality into their own robotic pet. Ringo is loaded with sensors, allowing users to code hundreds of possible behaviors. Ringo will be available in May of 2019.
Adding to the LEGO® Education portfolio of combined physical and digital learning experiences, SPIKE Prime has been unveiled today, along with new insights on students’ confidence in learning STEAM subjects.
Billund, Denmark (April 2, 2019) – Today, LEGO® Educationannounced LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime, the newest product in the LEGO Education hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) learning portfolio. SPIKE Prime brings together LEGO bricks, a programmable, multi-port Hub, sensors and motors all powered by the engaging SPIKE app based on the Scratch coding language. The SPIKE app includes lessons aligned to certain standards and many being able to be completed within a 45-minute class, making it easy for teachers to take SPIKE Prime into the classroom.
SPIKE Prime is a completely new design from LEGO Education. It has been created to reach all levels of learners, to be an inclusive, intuitive and naturally adaptive physical and digital creative approach, and engage all middle schoolers in technology-enabled STEAM learning with confidence. According to results from a new Confidence in Learning Poll, fielded by Harris Insights & Analytics and released today, hands-on learning builds confidence. Eighty seven percent of students say they learn and remember topics more when the learning involved hands-on projects, and 93 percent of parents say hands-on learning helps children retain knowledge for the future. Additionally, while the importance of hands-on learning is clear, only 40 percent of teachers say their students usually or always get substantial time during the school day for hands-on lessons.
When it comes to STEAM learning specifically, teachers and parents agree that the number one way their students can build confidence in STEAM subjects is working on a hands-on project with others. The poll showed students who are confident in STEAM are more likely to be confident at school overall and enjoy learning new things. The entire LEGO Education portfolio, now including SPIKE Prime, was specifically designed to get students hands-on with lessons that challenge them to think critically and creatively, to problem solve and to communicate effectively with others.
To help build students’ confidence in learning and to support teachers who are interested in incorporating more STEAM learning into their classrooms, LEGO Education is providing a Confidence in Learning toolkit and workshops to schools around the world with its continuum of hands-on learning products, including SPIKE Prime. LEGO Education learning experts will help teachers incorporate hands-on STEAM learning into the classroom to engage all students and promote building their confidence in learning.
Esben Stærk Jørgensen, president of LEGO Education, said: “We are seeing a challenge globally in middle school children, typically aged 11-14. At that age, children start losing their confidence in learning. The Confidence Poll data shows that most students say if they failed at something once, they don’t want to try again. With SPIKE Prime and the lessons featured in the SPIKE app, these children will be inspired to experiment with different solutions, try new things and ultimately become more confident learners. And for teachers, time is the ultimate barrier. The lesson plans, resources and models make it so easy for teachers to integrate SPIKE Prime into the classroom.”
“Our mission at LEGO Education is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, enabling every student to succeed – and that’s exactly what SPIKE Prime offers,” added Jørgensen.
SPIKE Prime joins the nearly 40 years of LEGO Education’s legacy of product development by an international team of designers, dedicated educators and leading technology experts. Each SPIKE Prime set has 523 pieces which can be used to build many different creations including corresponding STEAM lesson plans that were created by and for educators to help them bring more hands-on STEAM learning into their curriculum and get students more engaged and excited about STEAM subjects.
LEGO Education and the LEGO Group have also created 11 new innovative elements for the LEGO System in Play, which will be first seen with SPIKE Prime. These new elements include an innovative integrator brick, which allows for building together with both the LEGO Technic and the LEGO system platforms, further expanding systematic creativity and the building possibilities.
The new product will be ready for purchase in all markets in August 2019. SPIKE Prime is available today for pre-order in the US at the LEGO Education website.
About LEGO Education
LEGO® Education offers hands-on, playful STEAM learning experiences based on the LEGO® system of bricks, hardware, software and content for students and their teachers in early learning, primary, and secondary education as well as through after-school programs and competitions. These solutions create an environment for active, collaborative learning where students build skills for their future, a lifelong love for learning and confidence in their ability to learn and solve problems, setting them up for lifelong success.
SPIKE™ Prime ergänzt das LEGO® Education Lernkontinuum und wurde gestern zusammen mit einer neuen Studie zum Thema „Selbstvertrauen der Schüler aufbauen“ vorgestellt
BILLUND, Dänemark, 3. April 2019 – LEGO® Education stellte gestern SPIKE™ Prime vor, das neueste Lernkonzept im LEGO Education Portfolio für praxisorientiertes Lernen im MINT-Unterricht (Mathematik, Informatik, Naturwissenschaften und Technik). SPIKE Prime beinhaltet zahlreiche LEGO Elemente, verschiedene Sensoren und Motoren und einen programmierbaren Hub. Mit der SPIKE App, die auf der beliebten Programmiersprache Scratch basiert, kann der Hub gesteuert und so die selbstgebauten Modelle zum Leben erweckt werden. Zudem enthält die SPIKE App lehrplanbezogene Unterrichtseinheiten, die auf 45-minütige Schulstunden zugeschnitten sind. Die fertigen Einheiten machen es Lehrkräften leicht, SPIKE Prime in ihren Unterricht zu integrieren.
SPIKE Prime wurde für Schülerinnen und Schüler der 5. bis 8. Klasse entwickelt, unabhängig von deren individuellem Lernstand. Durch einen intuitiven, physischen, digitalen und kreativen Ansatz sollen Schüler motiviert werden, technologisch-basiertes Lernen in MINT-Fächern mit Selbstvertrauen anzugehen. Laut der Ergebnisse des aktuellen Confidence Reports, in dem das Thema Selbstvertrauen beim Lernen thematisiert wird, fördert praxisorientiertes Lernen von MINT-Themen das Selbstvertrauen von Schülern. Die internationale Umfrage wurde von dem Marktforschungsinstitut Harris Insights & Analytics durchgeführt und zeitgleich zum Produktlaunch veröffentlicht. Gemäß der Umfrage sagen 87 Prozent der Schüler, dass sie Themen eher lernen und sich besser merken können, wenn das Lernen praxisnahe Projekte einschließt. Auch 93 Prozent der Eltern geben an, dass praxisorientiertes Lernen Kindern hilft, das erlernte Wissen besser zu speichern. Lehrkräften ist die Relevanz interaktiver Lernmethoden bewusst, aber nur 40 Prozent geben an, dass ihre Schüler während des Schultages häufig oder immer Zeit für praxisnahe Übungen haben.
Lehrkräfte und Eltern sind sich einig, dass praxisorientierte Projekte und Gruppenarbeiten insbesondere im MINT-Bereich der beste Weg sind, um das Selbstvertrauen der Schüler zu stärken. Die Umfrage hat gezeigt, dass Schüler, die im MINT-Unterricht Selbstvertrauen zeigen, auch beim Erlernen neuer Themen selbstsicherer sind. Alle Lernkonzepte von LEGO Education wurden mit dem Ziel entwickelt, Schülern praxisnahe Unterrichtseinheiten zu bieten und sie dabei zu kritischem und kreativem Denken, zum Problemlösen und zur Zusammenarbeit anzuregen.
Um das Selbstvertrauen der Schüler zu stärken und Lehrkräfte bei der Integration praxisnaher Lernmethoden in ihren Unterricht zu unterstützen, bietet LEGO Education ein Toolkit sowie weltweite Fortbildungen für seine Lernkonzepte, einschließlich SPIKE Prime, an.
„Weltweit stehen Schüler in der 5. bis 8. Klasse vor einer Herausforderung: In diesem Alter verlieren sie häufig das Selbstvertrauen beim Lernen. Laut Umfrageergebnissen zum Thema Selbstvertrauen geben die meisten Schüler an, dass sie keinen erneuten Versuch machen möchten, wenn sie einmal versagt haben. Mit SPIKE Prime und den Lerneinheiten in der SPIKE App werden Kinder motiviert, neue Dinge auszuprobieren und solange zu experimentieren, bis sie die beste Lösung gefunden haben. Dadurch gewinnen sie Selbstvertrauen in ihre eigenen Fähigkeiten. Für Lehrer hingegen ist der Zeitaspekt eine große Hürde. Einfache Erste-Schritte-Übungen und die fertigen Unterrichtseinheiten ermöglichen es Lehrkräften, SPIKE Prime ohne große Vorbereitungszeit in ihren Unterricht zu integrieren“, sagt Esben Stærk Jørgensen, Präsident von LEGO Education.
„Unsere Mission bei LEGO Education ist es, die Entwickler, Ingenieure und Techniker von Morgen zu motivieren und auszubilden. SPIKE Prime unterstützt Schüler dabei, Erfolge zu erzielen“, ergänzt Jørgensen.
SPIKE Prime und die zugehörigen Lerneinheiten wurden in Zusammenarbeit mit Bildungsexperten und Pädagogen entwickelt – wie auch alle anderen Lernkonzepte in der fast 40-jährigen Erfolgsgeschichte von LEGO Education. So lässt sich praxisnahes Lernen in den Unterricht integrieren und hilft, Schüler stärker zu motivieren und sie für MINT-Themen zu begeistern.
LEGO Education und die LEGO Group haben zudem elf neue Elemente für das „LEGO System in Play“ kreiert, die zum ersten Mal mit SPIKE Prime vorgestellt werden. Zu diesen neuen Elementen gehört ein innovativer Baustein, der das Kombinieren der bekannten LEGO Bausteine mit den LEGO Technic Elementen noch einfacher macht und so grenzenlose Möglichkeiten für kreatives Bauen bietet.
SPIKE Prime wird im August 2019 in allen Märkten erhältlich sein.
Über LEGO Education
LEGO® Education bietet eine fortlaufende Reihe an praxisorientierten MINT-Lernkonzepten an – vom Kindergarten über die Grundschule bis hin zu den weiterführenden Schulen. Alle Lernkonzepte sind auf die jeweiligen Bildungs- bzw. Lehrpläne abgestimmt und individuell anpassbar, damit sie von Kindern jeden Alters unabhängig vom Lernfortschritt genutzt werden können. Die Lernkonzepte von LEGO Education fördern nicht nur die Kreativität, die Zusammenarbeit und das kritische Denken. Sie stärken das Selbstvertrauen und bereiten Kinder spielerisch auf ihre berufliche Zukunft vor.
The annual STEM-focused week kicks off April 6, 2019 with more than 300 events across all 50 states
BEDFORD, Mass., April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The 10th annual National Robotics Week kicks off April 6, with more than 300 STEM-related events taking place across the country throughout the week. Established by Congress in 2010, National Robotics Week serves as a unique platform to engage students and local communities in robotics-based activities.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary, National Robotics Week asked a group of leading roboticists and artificial intelligence (AI) experts to reflect on a range of topics, including why it’s important to expose students to STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and how parents, educators and business leaders can help foster students‘ interest in robotics. The experts also offer insight into how robots will evolve in 10 years and what initially sparked their interest in robotics.
Rodney Brooks, Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus), MIT
Kate Darling, researcher, MIT Media Lab
Dr. Ayanna Howard, professor and chair, Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing
Mark Palatucci, co-founder, head of Cloud AI and Machine Learning, Anki
Ian Bernstein, founder and head of product, Misty Robotics
Watch the video to learn which roboticist was given a book entitled „Computers and Giant Brains“ at the age of eight, sparking a career in pioneering robot technologies. Or learn who found their passion for robots by reading The Bionic Woman, and who still keeps the robot they built at age 10 on their desk.
„Engaging students in robotics and other STEM fields will prepare them for jobs and an economy that we cannot even imagine yet,“ said Congressman Joe Kennedy III. „Throughout the 10th Annual National Robotics Week, students and educators around the country will be able to pursue their passion and engage with companies and organizations pushing the boundaries of science and technology.“
National Robotics Week events include activities such as panel discussions, introductory robotics courses for kids, robotics competitions, robot demonstrations, tours of innovative labs, science fairs, and more. This year, there are events happening in all 50 states. A full list of 2019 registered events can be found at: https://www.nationalroboticsweek.org/Events.aspx
The National Robotics Week website also has helpful resources available for event hosts. Resources include a template press release, National Robotics Week logo, Snapchat filters for download, 2019 trading cards, and an activity book for elementary school teachers, among other helpful items.
Worldwide Kickstarter Campaign Launches to Fund Production of Little Sophia The Robot
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Hanson Robotics Limited (www.hansonrobotics.com), creator of the world’s most human-like robots, announces their next innovation in consumer robots: Little Sophia. Little Sophia is a tutorial companion that teaches STEM, coding, and Artificial intelligence (AI), with a playful personality and unmatched characteristics of the renowned Sophia the Robot.
Designed for kids (especially girls) ages 7-13, Little Sophia robot comes to life as your AI friend. With the power of character and storytelling, Little Sophia helps kids learn new things in robotics, science, technology engineering, math, coding, and AI. Kids can learn to program Sophia with Blockly and Python; and with her lessons on computer vision, deep learning, and robotics, Little Sophia is the perfect smart, educational companion. Moreover, Little Sophia interfaces with Raspberry Pi, allowing kids to learn electronics and robotics, and to help her become as smart and capable as their imagination will allow.
Standing 14’’ tall, Little Sophia makes dozens of facial expressions (happy, sad, surprise, grouchy, delighted, etc), and she sees and talks with you like a friend. She walks, talks, sings, tells stories and jokes, and recognizes faces. She not only responds to commands, but actively engages in conversations and follows your movement. Also, with her app on your phone, you can use her Augmented Reality (AR) feature to take fun selfies. With her smart software, Little Sophia is also the ultimate AI home assistant. And being an open platform for development of ever-smarter emotional AI, the Little Sophia is truly your friend for life.
“We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Little Sophia Kickstarter campaign to the public, and to provide an opportunity to empower young girls around the world by introducing STEM, coding and AI in a fun and adventurous way,” states Jeanne Lim, CEO of Hanson Robotics Limited. “Little Sophia delivers a high-quality, entertaining and educational experience that motivates and inspires young students to spend time learning with her.”
David Hanson, Founder of Hanson Robotics Limited adds, “Our vision at Hanson Robotics is to bring robots to life. Our team of AI developers, engineers, roboticists, scientists, and artists have designed Little Sophia with the expressiveness and engaging personality that made Sophia the Robot so appealing, further extending the reach of our character-driven AI technology.”
About Hanson Robotics Limited Hanson Robotics is an AI and robotics company dedicated to creating living, intelligent machines that enrich people’s lives. The company develops renowned robot characters, such as Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen, which serve as AI platforms for scientific research, education, healthcare, sales and service, entertainment, and other research and service applications. Hanson Robotics’ scientists, artists, roboticists, and engineers strive to bring robots to life as true friends who deeply understand and care for people, and collaborate with us in pursuit of ever-greater good for all. For more information please visit www.hansonrobotics.com.
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — February 14, 2018—Sony Electronics today announced its unveiling of the KOOV Educator Kit, an all-in-one coding, robotics and design kit that combines digital coding with physical building to teach the next generation of problem solvers and innovators. Reflecting Sony’s commitment to both technology innovation and quality science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) education, KOOV is designed to help cultivate students’ collaboration and problem solving skills, which have become critically important in 21st century learning.
Studies show that 65 percent of kids entering primary school today will work in jobs that do not exist yet,* and that there will be 4.4 million computer and IT jobs in the USA by 2024.** STEAM-focused education helps children develop the abilities they need for a technology-driven world. To meet the marketplace’s growing demand for these skills, KOOV helps students develop their creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication abilities. KOOV was created to make STEAM learning tools accessible to all students. By using inclusive colors, a shareable design and the goal of building a foundation for future STEAM learning, KOOV serves as a ready-made, easy-to-use resource for teachers, students and parents.
“KOOV is a dynamic educational tool to help pave the road for tomorrow’s creative geniuses,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics.” As a technology company, Sony depends on the next generation of talented engineers and artists to carry our industry forward. Exposing students to engaging science and technology projects during their formative years encourages them to embrace these subjects.”
KOOV is made up of over 300 building blocks and accessories, along with a plethora of sensors, motors, LEDs and more. The KOOV Educator Kit includes the KOOV App, which features more than 30 hours of easy-to-follow educational content via its Learning Course. The KOOV Learning Course offers a great starting point for students to begin learning key concepts in coding, building and design. This educational course introduces the different electrical components that KOOV uses and provides students an overview of how those parts work and how to use Scratch-based coding to control them. The KOOV Educator Kit also comes with 23 pre-designed, pre-coded “Robot Recipes” ranging from simple structures to complex animals and vehicles. These recipes enable students to start building right away and quickly develop the skills needed to create their own original robots. The Robot Recipes showcase what can be done with KOOV, giving young learners the inspiration they need to move ahead and make their own unique creations from scratch.
Designed for children ages eight and up, the KOOV Educator Kit allows students to build on core concepts that they will learn over time and create increasingly complex robots as they go. Once a student masters the basic concepts and skills, they can use their imagination to create an infinite number of robotic combinations.
KOOV is flexible enough for students to use for independent study or in a structured setting led by an educator. One KOOV Educator Kit can accommodate up to five students. The Educator Kit offers curriculum-aligned lesson plans, step- by-step teacher guides, and student progress reports. In addition, KOOV provides class management features to give educators the tools to quickly implement KOOV-based learning into any classroom. KOOV will be available for pre-order beginning February 14, 2018, and products are expected to start shipping in late March 2018. For more information please visit: https://www.sony.com/koov
*World Economic Forum Future of Jobs report, 2016
**Bureau of Labor and Statistics
About Sony Electronics Inc. Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Corporation (Japan), one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K Ultra HD TVs. Visit http://www.sony.com/news for more information.
ROBOLOCO, Inc., an educational technology company, with headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, announces a strategic distribution and licensing partnership with RoboTerra Inc., a Silicon Valley & Beijing global educational robotics company. According to the agreement, ROBOLOCO is now the sole distributor for the RoboTerra award-winning Origin and ERRA Kits, outside of China. This partnership incorporates a perpetual license for ROBOLOCO to develop its own proprietary software and robots based upon the existing RoboTerra technology.
ROBOLOCO’s CEO, Newton Paskin said, “The acquisition of RoboTerra products distribution in the global market, the rights to further improve the existing technology and continue to develop our own proprietary IP on top of RoboTerra’s IP complements our passion to help educators teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Our team, customers, and investors are extremely excited about the possibilities.”
ROBOLOCO will continue to develop RoboTerra’s educational tools such as the award-winning Origin Robotics Kit and the CastleRock Online Platform, the world’s first virtual robotics learning cloud. ROBOLOCO plans to add expertise in the areas of constructivist curriculum and artificial intelligence to enable instant feedback to educators and enhance the teaching and learning experiences providing an individualized and customized education opportunity for kids.
With this strategic partnership, ROBOLOCO, Inc. is seeking a new round of financing to scale its operations with the aim of reaching $ 75MM in revenue.
ROBOLOCO, Inc. was recently launched by Newton Paskin, Patrick Muggler, and Derek Capo. Its’ mission is to empower educators to teach STEM and equip students with the skills they need for a successful life. To accomplish its mission ROBOLOCO is developing educational tools that combine leading-edge technology in hardware and software such as Robotics coupled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) with accessible and easy to use constructivist curriculum, aligned with ISTE and NGSS Standards, focused on the teacher. Its motto is “Easy for the teacher, fun for the kids and affordable to the schools”
About RoboTerra, Inc.
RoboTerra was founded in Spring 2014 by Yao Zhang a 2016 Young Global Leader, Columbia University alum in the Economics and Education Ph.D. program, a FIRST Robotics World Championship invited speaker, and recipient of the „Best 10 Global Citizen Service Award“ by the United States Department of State.
RoboTerra China Private Enterprise (a.k.a. in Chinese “Luo Bo Tai La”) will continue its operations in China focusing towards developing products for the Chinese education market and RoboTerra Inc. (a Delaware C-Corp) will continue to advance technologies in the learning space.
SAN DIEGO, CA (June 20, 2017) – Sony Electronics in conjunction with Sony Global Education announced today the launch of a limited Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for KOOV, a new coding and robotics kit for the next generation of young innovators.
The Sony Global Education team developed KOOV as a fresh approach to learning robotics and programming. KOOV is already available in Japan and China, and Sony is now looking to expand the program to the US in order to gain feedback and insight into the American market.
KOOV is a robotics and coding educational kit made up of blocks, sensors, motors, actuators, and a companion app that teaches children core concepts about design, coding and robotics. The app also features a secure social space, where children can share their designs and code with other young inventors from around the world.
The blocks can be assembled into any shape, with the final figure capable of being controlled as a robot. The kit encourages learners to „Play“ by building with 7 kinds of translucent blocks, „Code“ by controlling the assembled figure through the KOOV app, and „Create“ by embracing their creativity and imagination.
Sony Global Education believes that the teaching materials for robotics and programming will play a major role in cultivating STEM literacy and nurturing the next generation of problem solvers.
KOOV was built on the belief that STEM learning tools should be accessible to all children. Through the use of inclusive colors, shareable design and the goal of building a foundation for future STEM learning, Sony hopes to attract parents of children 8 to 14 years old, with equal emphasis on boys and girls.
Pre-orders are available for a limited time beginning June 20th via an Indiegogo, with product scheduled to ship to backers in early December. The suggested retail price is $359 for the Starter Kit and $499 for the Advanced Kit with limited quantities available at discounts of up to 40% for early backers. Interested consumers can learn more about KOOV, and place preorders at https://igg.me/at/KOOV.