Autonomous self-driving cars about to enter the market, Artificial intelligence on the rise, servicing anything from medical systems to financial advise, and a whole lot of businesses being built around software services are strong signs that our lives are becoming more digital each day.
We are living the 4th Industrial revolution where software will annihilate many, if not most, of the traditional activities within the next 10 to 15 years. The jobs market landscape will certainly change. Programming skills are set to become even more dominant than it is today.
The panorama leave us to wonder whether or not kids should start learning programming as soon as possible, and if yes, how? A danish startup is trying to answer this question with with an innovative way of teaching programming to kids.
Kubo Education came up with a relatively simple prototype of a robot that is able to teach the principles behind coding and programming for school children down to the age of three. The concept is simple: kids lay down a set of puzzle-looking instructions that will be followed by the robot. Kids learn how the instructions affect the “behavior” of the robot and the results expected. By using this robot, the children learn to co-operate, analyze and find solutions to the problems at hand in a creative manner.
This robot could be implemented in schools as part of a program to teach children to code.
Kubo Education is currently being tested in Dubai and is soon to expand in Denmark and rest of Europe. The company is a finalist at Last Gadget Standing Final 2017, a competition set up by Consumer Technology Association (CES), the world’s largest consumer electronics show which attracts more than 170.000 visitors.
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We had a chat with Kubo’s CEO, Tommy Otzen who told us more about how he came up with the idea and how easy the concept is for kids to understand. Take a look at the video above and please remember to share.