Harvard’s New Robot Teaches Kids To Code

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Harvard’s New Robot Teaches Kids To Code


Root is the latest educational robot to hit the scene. Invented by an experienced team from Harvard robotics area, Root can climb up whiteboards and draw on paper.  For kids, Root makes learning to code interactive, and lots of fun.

"It turns paper or whiteboards into an intuitive and interactive coding experience."
Invented by the bright minds at Scansorial (a startup emerging from Harvard University's Wyss Institute), Root is a fun, easy-to-use robot which teaches coding to anyone ages four to 99. The project recently launched on Kickstarter with the aim to secure enough funding for wider distribution to homes and schools.

Root Robot drawing

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With over 50 sensors and actuators with which it can draw, erase, play music, explore its world, and even defy gravity by using magnetism to drive on wall mounted whiteboards, Root makes learning to code interactive, applicable to many different subjects, and tons of fun.

As coding skills improve, Root’s multi-level app translates programs written in one level to the next, helping growing programmers take each step.

"Root is more than just a robot that drives on walls. It turns paper or whiteboards into an intuitive and interactive coding experience," says Zee Dubrovsky, CEO of Scansorial.

The Scansorial team team has over 50 years of collective experience in launching and building consumer products (iRobot, Sonos, Apple) and software/education services (Microsoft, Disney, PLTW, Harvard, MIT). This includes launching four coding robots (Create, Kilobot, AERobot, Multiplo), launching two graphical coding environments (MIT App Inventor, Minibloq), and launching three consumer robots (Roomba, Scooba, Looj).

From now until November 30, Root will be available for pre-order exclusively through Kickstarter. It's only three days into the campaign and Root has already been picked as a "Project We Love" by Kickstarter staff and today it was honored with the title "Project of the Day".

Coding with Root is a dynamic and creative experience according to the developers. Root reacts to things in the environment, kids react to Root and the interplay is orchestrated with code. 

Kids can program Root to move, turn, draw, erase, scan colors, play music, light up, sense touches, feel bumps, detect magnetic surfaces, perceive light, and respond to sensors in your phone or tablet.

Harvard’s New Robot Teaches Kids To Code

Research has shown that early, positive experiences with computing raise students’ interest in technical subjects later on. "Root will reach students as early as kindergarten, and grow with them as a familiar and consistent platform as they advance, opening doors that otherwise would have been invisible," claim the developers. 

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