New venture hopes to teach young kids robotics

AUSTRALIAN company RUNSTEM is teaming up with Vienna-based hardware startup Robo Wunderkind in a venture which aims to give kids a chance to learn coding and robotics.

The companies are looking to create a fun and simple way for kids up to 8 years old to learn the skills, as this period is crucial for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. 

"We need to prepare our kids for this future and give them the tools to learn about new technologies," Rustem Akishbekov, CEO and founder of Robo Wunderkind said.

"According to PwC, 44% of Australian jobs will require digital literacy in the next 20 years, and 75% of the fastest-growing and most demanded jobs are in the STEM field.

"As Australia is our second country in terms of pre-orders, we decided to focus on this market." 

The entry into the Australian market will start with the help of RUNSTEM, a coding school in Sydney.

Later this year, RUNSTEM will be offering unique robotics classes, where kids of all ages will explore the world of technology, robots and coding with the help of Robo Wunderkind. 

With Robo Wunderkind, kids can just snap the modules together in different configurations to build their creation. Once the robot is built, it can be programmed in an app, which uses a graphical drag and drop style programming. No prior coding or even reading knowledge necessary.

Kids will be given the opportunity to create personalised virtual dashboards and control their creations to solve mazes, go on treasure hunts, play music, or navigate around obstacles. 

Wunderkind says even children as young as 5 can build and program these robots, with 14 different types of blocks using colour-coded commands.

The Robo Wunderkind blocks are even Lego compatible.