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RoboKind and the Autism Society of America Announce Nationwide School Grant Program

Robots4Autism School Grant Program offers schools the opportunity to adopt research-based curriculum, eliminate economic barriers to autism intervention DALLAS (Oct. 27, 2016) – The cost associated with providing healthcare and education for children with autism often presents a barrier for care providers and school districts. To ease the adoption of evidence-based practices in delivering the highest quality education for students with autism, RoboKind and the Autism Society of America announce the offering of the joint Robots4Autism School Grant Program. The grant program aims to make the comprehensive, research-based Robots4Autism program accessible to schools across the nation. The Robots4Autism curriculum, delivered by humanoid robot Milo, incorporates eight evidence-based practices to support a learner’s generalization of appropriate social behavior and promote emotional…

RoboKind Named Top Social Robotics Company by Corporate Vision Magazine

Recognized for pioneering the use of robots with full facial expressions, Corporate Vision Magazine names RoboKind the Best International Social Robotics Company in the Technology Innovators category. This news arrives as RoboKind continues to reach nationwide and global expansion. Robots4Autism, now in 100 schools and districts, engages students through lifelike facial expressions and interactions. Guided by research-based lesson plans, the program’s evidence-based practices help teachers, therapists and facilitators build a student’s social and emotional skillset. “RoboKind is honored to receive this award as a top robotics company,” said RoboKind CEO Fred Margolin. “We strive to create affordable humanoid robots that serve an important educational purpose.” The Robots4STEM program, expected to be fully available during the 2017-18 school-purchasing season, helps students learn the…

Robots4Autism Adopted Down Under, Airs on Australian Broadcast

Rocky Bay, a support center for those with disabilities in Western Australia, shares the heartwarming story of a child whose social functioning has improved with the help of the Robots4Autism program. The Today Tonight show featured the successes Riley (age seven) has made using the Robots4Autism program in just 10 weeks. Working alongside a therapist in one-on-one instruction, Riley’s therapists have seen improvements in his greetings, emotional recognition. His mother now says that he can engage in conversation with adults he’s just met, and has even initiated handshakes. Rocky Bay has used Milo as a supplementary tool for autism intervention with 10 children to-date. Watch the full video…

Meet Milo: The Robot Who Helps Kids Learn

Robotics and other tech tools are teaching kids with special needs in new ways By Rebecca Hill In many ways he looks like a typical teenage boy: T-shirt and glasses, close-cropped hair and a casual smile. But when 14-year-old Cole sits down at a table with a therapist named Danielle and she begins speaking to him, Cole’s eyes quickly drift away. While Danielle tries to talk with him and keep his attention, Cole gazes off to the side and fiddles his fingers, not meeting her gaze. Later, when Cole sits down across from a new friend named Milo, things are very different. Cole’s eyes are glued to Milo’s. He leans in, he nods, he answers Milo’s questions, raising his eyebrows and widening his eyes. When Milo lifts his arm in the air, so does Cole, never losing eye contact, a mirror of engagement. Milo is a robot. Two feet tall with a shock of chocolate brown hair and a friendly, open face,…

What’s on the Horizon for Edtech? Robots!

Potential uses for robots are gaining traction for hands-on learning Ryan Lacey District Administration, November 2016 Though some school districts have robotics heavily embedded in classes and programs, it’s still new in many others. The recently released NMC/CoSN Horizon Report says this will change in the coming years. The Horizon Report, created by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and CoSN, identifies global technology trends that will help drive educational change. While robotics is two to three years away from mainstream adoption in K12 education, according to the report, potential uses are gaining traction for hands-on learning. Many classes and clubs incorporate robotics and programs to help develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in students. At the Robot Rodeo in Vermont, for example, students from 50 schools competed to code the robots in the quickest time and…

Welcome to the R4A News Section

With the launch of Robots4Autism new website there is the opportunity for learners with ASD to develop the social behaviors and emotional identification skills that can make interacting with others a challenge in an updated more user-friendly platform.  The newly updated Robots4Autism website offers a wealth of information regarding the curriculum that is available for students, parents, and educators working with ASD populations. The News will offer updates and highlights about Robots4Autism, the curriculum, and Milo keeping our community up to date on new developments and innovations.  With information available for students, parents, and professionals Robots4Autism’s website is a useful resource that can help navigate the often confusing world of therapies and supports available to children and young adults with ASD.

RoboKind Debuts Robot with African-American Likeness to Engage Students in STEM

Guided by standards-aligned computer science and coding curriculum, humanoid robot Jett is designed to empower African-American students to embrace STEM DALLAS (Sept. 20, 2016) – While the nation casts attention on a projected STEM employment deficit, activists and education leaders are addressing the diversity gap in education programs as a contributing factor. RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, debuts a humanoid robot designed to expand access and engagement for African-American students in K-12 STEM education. The robot, with African-American likeness, will deliver the Robots4STEM curriculum designed in partnership with Quadrant 4 System Corporation (QFOR). Guided by the Robots4STEM curriculum, the robot Jett helps students in third grade and beyond gain foundational skills in coding and computer science. The program is designed to support educators with or without…

RoboKind Expands Leadership, Welcomes Dr. Gregory Firn as SVP of Strategic Initiatives

Veteran superintendent and education researcher joins RoboKind, steps into new senior vice president role DALLAS (Sept. 13, 2016) – RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, announces the addition of Dr. Gregory Firn as senior vice president (SVP) of strategic initiatives. In the new leadership role, Dr. Firn will oversee product development and implementation, and legislative and research initiatives. As a former superintendent and seasoned leader in the research of education effects, Dr. Firn will carry on his work improving the quality of learning in the autism intervention field. “RoboKind is dedicated to advancing autism intervention and invested in research to support that effort,” said Dr. Firn. “I’m excited to further my passion for teaching and learning by joining a mission to improve education for all students.” As SVP of strategic initiatives, Dr. Firn will support the…

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