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Tiny KUBO robot teaches children to code

ATLAB and KUBO launch coding robot in the Middle East

Tiny KUBO robot teaches children to code
The KUBO robot has its own programming language, TagTile, a visual way to write simple code.

ATLAB has launched, KUBO, a robot that can teach children to code, in the Middle East.

The learning solutions company is the exclusive distributor of KUBO Robotics for the region, and has launched the robot at BETT in Abu Dhabi.

KUBO is a small robot, the size of a drinks can, which can be programed using a bespoke programming system, TagTile. The programming language has been developed to be an easy-to-use way to learn coding for children aged four to ten years. The KUBO robot can be used for learning in coding as well as mathematics, language and music using TagTile.

"The significant feature of KUBO is that it helps pre-school and primary school children learn the essential skills of coding in a screenless, tangible environment. At ATLAB, our goal is to equip educational institutions with latest technological solutions and ensure that the students are prepared to take on the challenges of the next generation," said Nilesh Korgaonkar, general manager, ATLAB.

KUBO is a product developed by Denmark-based Tommy Otzen and Daniel Lindegaard, the co-founders of KUBO Robotics. The product had a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2017 on Indiegogo.

"We developed KUBO and the TagTile system in close collaboration with educators every step of the way. The idea was to create something intuitive, hands-on and fun, and we have managed to do that," said Otzen, who is also the CEO of KUBO robotics.

"The regional partnership to market KUBO is aimed at bringing the latest solutions to our classrooms. While it is imperative to train our kids to code, it is equally important to teach them when they are young," added Korgaonkar.

In February ATLAB announced a project with the Ministry of Community Development in the UAE to use robotic teaching assistants to support children with autism.

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