We just got crowdfunded !

We are so but so happy! Plobot will go into production.

Results of the campaign
Results of the campaign

Our website got re-directed during our pre-campaign for quite a bit of time already. But we plan to revamp it as a communication channel with our backers. Soon we will be publishing the ups and downs of running a crowdfunding campaign.

http://ks.plobot.com

For the ones that missed the campaign, don’t worry because we will keep taking pre-orders while we get the Kickstarter rewards produced.

Thanks to all of you! We will be sending joy to hundreds of houses and schools in the following months. Stay put!

Can you speak the language of code? Here’s a 2-minute guide to get started.

This post was inspired by the Learn to Code article on Parenting.com.tw.

Programming looks scary! Is it even something kids can learn?

We hear all these terms – C++, Java, Object oriented programming, Resource allocation… words that sound like some sort of alien language.

If your math is not good, can you still learn it?

If you can’t do it, can your kid even learn it?

 

You thought programming was this…

 

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When in reality, it could be as simple as this:

 

codestudio

Looks fun, doesn’t it?

The key is to use the principles of “Play” to learn programming.

Here’s what Code.org founder Hadi Partovi recommends to coding newbies:

“When you’re learning a language, always start with the visual tools.”

The picture you see above is Code Studio by Code.org. As you can see, it uses visual blocks to write programs. These ‘drag and drop’ tools enable learners to quickly pick up the logic behind programming. Each block represents a different function, turning programming into a puzzle with each block building on top of the other.

Newbies can learn the fundamentals of coding like loops and conditionals. Instead of spending so much time memorizing all the syntax, they can simply connect the blocks. It lowers the barriers to entry for programming, and makes it more fun for beginners who are just trying to understand the principles and concepts behind the language of code.

Plobot is an educational toy robot designed around these principles – making coding fun and accessible to everyone. Check it out here.

5 edtech articles you missed last week

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At Plobot, we thrive at the intersection of education and technology, and we’re always on the lookout for the most interesting #edtech articles to share with you. Here are the top five we found last week:

Opening Minds on Ed Tech (by Bill Gates)

Every teacher deserves the chance to be phenomenal… Software will also help identify which students are having trouble and adjust for their own learning style, leaving teachers more time to focus on the kids who need extra personal attention.

What Robotics Can Teach Kids

“Robotics can also be a fun stepping-stone for getting a child interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects that can lead to amazing careers later in life.”

What skills do employers value most in graduates?

Chief among these are creativity, resourcefulness, team-working, innovation, resilience, IT skills, and innovation. They are also the skills which will future-proof graduates against the changing nature of skilled work.

Teaching kids to code is the new teaching kids Spanish

“Coding is a language,” said Ring, who got the idea from his 14-year-old son. “It is a global language, more global than French or German or Spanish, or for that matter even English.”

Why should kindergarteners code?

Although careers in tech or STEM fields aren’t right for everyone, advocates argue that CS and STEM skills can also encourage creativity and innovation, as well as critical thinking that can be applied across school subjects, and later, industries.

Interested to know more about our learning solutions for kids? Get in early here.