A new educartional robot has been unveiled, that has been created by a team at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University called Root. The Root Robot and has been specifically designed to provide an interactive way for children to learn to code.
The Root Robot is not yet commercially available but if you are interested you can reserve one for $199 and if any educational establishments are interested they can contact the Wyss Institute Harvard University directly with requests.
Watch the video below to learn more about this cute Root Robot which is controlled using a companion smartphone and tablet application and offers an easy way for children to learn more about being able to code what ever their age may be.
Root is designed to fit into every classroom. The robot operates on the whiteboard that’s already at the front of the room and has the attention of the class. Coding with Root requires no special setup. Unlike structured websites that teach coding as an individual activity based on exercises with unique solutions, the classroom environment with shared robots provides opportunities for social learning and more freeform creativity. Coding with robots is an inherently dynamic experience; robot, environment, and students all react to each other, stimulating students to come up with diverse solutions and challenges together. People love robots—they have a powerful appeal to all ages and demographics, making interactions and relationships with them far more compelling than images confined to a computer screen.
The programming environment, Square, provides a framework by which students can program Root at different levels of proficiency—from a blocks-based graphical environment designed for early elementary school students, up to a traditional text-based environment for older grades—with the unique ability to automatically translate a program from one level to another. In this way, it helps support the transition to more advanced concepts and coding processes. The interface meets students at their individual level and evolves with them as their skills develop.
For more information on the new Root Robot jump over to the Root website for details following the link below.