Learning is a complex process that is always centred on and guided by individual interests. Children learn much easier and faster when they encounter something that piques their curiosity by challenging them. Mabot is an educational robot that was developed for children above six years of age. It has been designed as a plug-and-play toy that is ready for playing immediately. With its spherical structure and appealing colours in yellow and white, this learning robot aims at arousing interest and enthusiasm. Containing a variety of sensors, such as infrared sensors, colour sensors, touch sensors as well as electronic modules, Mabot presents itself as a coherent overall system that invites children to use the modular components to put together their own robots. A total of four kit sets allow creating different types of robots and thus increase the children’s learning interest. It gives children the freedom to define the distinctive functions of their very own robot. Thus, they can not only determine how the robot moves, but also how it senses its surroundings and interacts with the environment. Through using the two apps Mabot Go and Mabot IDE, children can easily control the robots and learn how to program with additional functions. In this way, the Mabot concept arouses the thirst for knowledge. It helps promote and cultivate the creativity, computational thinking and programming thinking of children in an all-round way.
Statement by the Jury
The Mabot educational robot promotes children’s imagination by giving kids the freedom to build their own robot in an inspiring learning process. While building it, children don’t have to follow any given structure, just their own creativity. The overall design of individual spherical elements is appealing and in a subtle manner visualises the naturally gradual learning process of intuitive testing, assembling and disassembling.
Shenzhen Bell Creative Science and Education Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China