Sony soft-launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

 Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony’s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s spent time with Lego’s educational initiatives — it’s a set of blocks, sensors, motors and actuators that pair with a mobile app. Now Sony is ready to bring the… Read More

Sony taps crowdfunding to deliver its kid-friendly coding kit

Sony's answer to Lego Mindstorms is a robot-building kit called Koov. It's the first product from Sony's Global Education division, and it's meant to help kids learn to code while they have fun building robots. The company has put the design kit on I…

Girl Scouts can start earning cybersecurity badges in fall 2018

If your office in the future dodges a spearphishing attempt in the future, you might be thanking a Girl Scout. The organization partnered with Palo Alto Networks to release 18 new cybersecurity badges for members to earn over the next two years, with…

YC-backed Py is a Duolingo style learn-to-code app

 Teaching people to code in bite-sized, gamified chunks delivered via mobile app is Py’s mission. The fledgling startup is the brainchild of two friends and college computer science majors who found themselves repeatedly asked for advice on how to learn to Read More

Top Hat takes on textbook publishers with the launch of its content marketplace

 What it launched back in 2012, Toronto-based Top Hat (or “Top Hat Monocle,” as it was still known then) offered a phone-based classroom response system but little else in terms of content for teachers to use in their classes. In a way, though, that response system was Top Hat’s Trojan horse. It gave the company a foothold in the academic market and now that it has this,… Read More

Hear from top robotics educators at TC Sessions: Robotics

 TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics will feature the industry’s best roboticists, technologists and investors. But what about the next generation? We’ve enlisted the help of three amazing educators at the forefront of STEM education who will lay out their curricula in a special workshop. We’re excited to have David Barrett, a professor of mechanical engineering at Olin College,… Read More