Young minds quickly absorb and retain any new thing they learn, and they apply it in real-life situations.
With that belief, Wonder Workshop has thought of coming up with talking robots that will help children how to code.
The Bay Area startup has announced that it has raised $41 million in a Series C round of funding.
Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, SoftBank Korea, TAL Education Group, MindWorks Ventures, Madrona Venture Group and VTRON Group participated in the funding round, aside from some of the startup’s past investors, according to a TechCrunch report.
Info from CrunchBase showed that Wonder Workshop raised $20 million in July 2016 and had closed more than $78 million in funding to date.
Wonder Workshop has made several small robots “that kids can program on their mobile phone in a manner that helps them grasp at some computer science basics,” TechCrunch said.
While there are startups using hardware kits that allow kids to apply coding concepts in the real world, TechCrunch said Wonder Workshop is “unique in the way it thinks about robotics.”
Wonder Workshop CEO Vokas Gupta told TechCrunch that their strategy involves collaboration among children.
“Robots are the natural way for multiple people to collaborate,” said Gupta.
The startup’s programmable robots have been used in 12,000 elementary schools across the U.S.
The firm also has a robotics competition to teach kids STEM concepts.
With Wonder Workshop’s new products, the company is looking at teaching skills “that are more engaging for pre-teens and teens.”
The firm’s latest $200 robotic coding companion, Cue, is meant for those aged “11 and up.” It is “a witty robot with attitude that is powered by breakthrough Emotive AI.”
Cue’s users can “build skills with games and challenges and makes programming an interactive experiences fun for any level.”
Users can also “choose their favorite avatar and explore an amazing depth of personality, expressions, and actions.”
They can also “send and receive text messages to share witty comments, memes and funny jokes, keeping you coming back for more.”
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