“Wow, robots! This is really cool! I want to play with this!” Founder and CEO, Yao Zhang, describes kid’s reactions to seeing RoboTerra’s product for the first time. RoboTerra makes tool kits that allow students to tap into their imagination and creativity to design and build their own robots. This kit enhances students’ knowledge and helps them further develop that knowledge by allowing them to apply it practically. Chen Bai, RoboTerra’s robotics engineer, explains that the goal is to inspire kids to learn in both an educational and exciting way: “We want to develop more fun and hands-on projects that really facilitate student’s learning through doing things and thinking critically.”
The customized robotics tool kits connect with cloud learning solutions to enable students to learn essential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. Building a robot requires defining its purpose, its scope of work, designing, tooling and assembly. These skills are essential for everyone considering a career in a STEM field.
RoboTerra offers services to both students and educators. Through curriculum development and immersive experiences, RoboTerra reaches out to educational institutions and professional associations to develop quality learning experiences to students. RoboTerra also sponsors summer camps that introduce students to professionals in science and robotics. This helps students discover different career paths and compete in competitions such as FIRST Robotics Competition, First Tech Challenge and World Robotic Olympiad. The RoboTerra team models the traits that they want young people to emulate in their own lives. “We have this open mind to every problem we face and that’s the best message we send to our students. It’s fun to solve problems. It’s fun to take challenges. That’s how we deal with everyday problems and grow,” Yuan Zhou, co-founder and Chief Learning Officer, explains.
Zhang moved her team to Plug and Play in December 2014 after she was looking for a good workspace to expand in the Silicon Valley. “We were very attracted by the knowledge-sharing community here,” Zhang says. She noted that Plug and Play, being one of the very famous technology incubators in the valley, has excellent access to experienced entrepreneurs and investors.
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