Follett will offer UBTECH’s JIMU interactive robotic building block system, which turns STEM learning into hands-on fun.
In order to expand K–12 schools’ access to STEM learning tools, UBTECH Education and Follett have formed a partnership in which Follett will sell UBTECH’s educational STEM solutions, with a focus on the award-winning interactive JIMU robotic building block systems.
“This is the start of what we expect to be a long-term partnership between UBTECH and Follett,” said Jason Panella, senior director of educational partnerships, UBTECH North America. “We are excited to partner with Follett due to their support and vision for libraries to become transformational spaces for schools to tie STEM to the curriculum delivered in the classroom. Follett is an organization that recognizes the value of STEM labs, makerspaces, and media centers, as critical components of a well-rounded K–12 educational experience. We’re thrilled to add our robotics and engineering lineup to their portfolio.”
Bringing JIMU to the classroom
Designed for children ages 8 and older, the JIMU series enables students to develop critical STEM skills in a hands-on environment. JIMU robots are designed to complement the incremental steps of STEM success in experimentation and progressive learning, all while providing countless hours of creative and inspiring fun.
The JIMU product line currently offers nine kits that allow users to build an array of pre-designed robots or produce their own creations. The kits include all the parts needed to assemble the robots; smooth-motion robotic servo motors; and access to the free JIMU app, which contains step-by-step, 3D, 360-degree instructions and allows users to program the robots’ movements via Android or iOS devices. These are now available on Follett Titlewave.
“UBTECH’s cutting-edge interactive robotics presented an excellent opportunity for expanding our STEM offerings,” said Nader Qaimari, president, Follett School Solutions. “UBTECH’s philosophy of learning through play has already proved to be extremely effective in increasing students’ STEM skills and enabling the students to better retain what they have learned.”
The Follett agreement is the latest in a series of partnerships with high-profile educational solutions providers such as UBTECH Education, which is moving swiftly to provide educators with access to the JIMU line, the UKIT robotics system, the Yanshee humanoid educational robot, and a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-designed supplemental curriculum.
For more information about UBTECH’s JIMU robots, visit https://ubtrobot.com/collections/jimu-robots.
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