There has been a recent push lately to make children's games and toys more educational. That might be why a group of roboticists from Harvard's Wyss Institute created a robot named Root. This small hexagonal robot was designed to help kids find an interest in coding. He crawls on a whiteboard and uses the markers and erasers that come with it. Kids control the toy by moving icons around using its accompanying app, called Square.
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In order to move the icons, they have to make if-then statements - making it much easier for younger children to use. They can do something as simple as having the robot draw doodles and then erase them. Older kids can easily switch to more advanced topics.
The robot shows what coding does, which the team hopes will encourage kids to pursue coding in the future. The problem is that American schools don't teach coding, so it is difficult to encourage anyone to actually go into it. Which is a shame - because according to Engaget, 71% of all new jobs in STEM are centered around coding. Learning it could open so many doors.
The robot isn't available yet, and they are still looking for partners to bring Root into the classroom.
Take a look at the video of Root below:
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