Cubetto : A Programmable Wooden Robot That Teaches Kids to Code

March 15, 2017

Cubetto is a friendly programmable wooden robot toy that will teach your child the basics of computer programming. It is a Montessori-approved game, does this through adventure and hands-on play. Inspired by LOGO Turtle, the programmable robot was designed for children as young as 3-years-old.

[Image Source: Primo Toys]

Cubetto Kit

The Cubetto kit includes a cube-shaped wooden robot on wheels which is made of tactile and hard-wearing wood. The kit also includes a wooden game board and blocks that fit onto the board.

[Image Source: Primo Toys]

It also comes with a mat, for the robot to be rolled around on, and educational storybook. The mat, doubling as a world map, and the storybook will take your child on a wonderful coding adventure.

[Image Source: Primo Toys]

The programmable robot is currently retailing for $225.

How it works

Cubetto is your child’s guide into the world of coding. The kit contains blocks which each represents a simple command or action. These commands are similar to what you would find in a simple programming language. However, this coding language is one which your child can touch and manipulate like LEGO.

The commands are combined to create a program. The commands include: forward, right, left and function. The blocks are placed on the board to tell Cubetto where to go. The blue button is then hit when you are ready for Cubetto to execute your program.

[Image Source: Primo Toys]

The Beginning

In 2013, Primo Toys launched a Kickstarter campaign for the original Cubetto. The original version was a DIY kit. It was intended to teach older kids the basics of hardware and coding.

According to Flippo Yacob, the CEO of Primo Toys, development of the new edition began in 2015. A second campaign was launched in March 2016 for the new Cubetto. Yacob claims that this campaign shattered EdTech category records on Kickstarter.

“Screenless” Toys

Cubetto was designed to be accessible to children who don’t have smartphones or tablets to play with. Therefore, it doesn’t require the use of an app.

Yacob said that Primo Toys focus on a “screenless” experience for young children. This makes their toys more socially engaging. The idea behind a “screenless” experience is that children prefer to watch and interact with the screen rather than one another.

[Image Source: Primo Toys]

Cubetto combines computer programming concepts with Montessori learning principles. The CEO said, “We merge educational principles borrowed from Montessori learning, and combine them with skills that are very 21st Century, like coding.”

Primo Toys is currently selling its Cubetto to families across the globe. The company hopes to begin demonstrating and selling the programmable robot to institutes around the world. According to Yacob, Primo Toys will target early learning centers, pre-schools and school districts.

SEE ALSO: This Miniature Einstein Robot Can Be Your Personal Genius


Stay on top of the latest engineering news

We'll keep you posted!