Starting from February 17th, SoftBank Commerce & Services Co., Ltd., will begin the sales and distribution in Japan of three kinds of STEM education robots from Makeblock (Head Office: Shenzhen, China, CEO: Jasen Wang): “mBot V1.1-Blue (Bluetooth Version)”, “mBot Ranger Robot Kit (Bluetooth Version) and “Ultimate Robot Kit V2.0”.

ultimate robot kit

mBot V1.1-Blue (Bluetooth Version)

mBot Ranger Robot Kit
(Bluetooth Version)

Ultimate Robot Kit V2.0

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. With the progress of IT in society, these topics gained renewed attention in education in the United States and around the world, and are being reinforced in Japanese curriculums.

Kids can easily assemble and control the Makeblock robots. Thanks to simple software using a Scratch-based language, children can acquire programming skills. The robot can be operated by a dedicated remote control or a smartphone.

The products will be sold at home electronics retailers and SoftBank SELECTION online shop.

Products Description

mBot V1.1-Blue (Bluetooth Version)

This entry model can be assembled in about 30 minutes. This robot can avoid obstacles, follow lines, and play games with another mBot thanks to its sensors.

Target Age: 8 years old and above

Details: http://www.softbankselection.jp/cart/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=6928819505575

mBot Ranger Robot Kit (Bluetooth Version)

This model takes approximately 90 minutes to assemble. Three different configurations are available.

Target Age: 12 year old and above

Details: http://www.softbankselection.jp/cart/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=6928819505667

Ultimate Robot Kit V2.0

This model takes 2 to 3 hours to assemble. Possibilities are almost unlimited thanks to its 160 parts of 80 different kinds.

Target Age: 15 year old and above

Details: http://www.softbankselection.jp/cart/ProductDetail.aspx?sku=6928819505384

Contact Information

Robot Support Center

https://robotsupportcenter.jp/top/questionnaire.aspx?id=Makeblock

About Makeblock

Makeblock is a startup company founded in Shenzhen in 2011. Since then, it has grown to over 300 staff. It creates electronic modules and assembly tools with a focus on STEM education. The company also collaborates actively with educational institutions around the world. In 2011, Makeblock received investment and support from HAX* (Founder: Cyril Ebersweiler) to create its initial products and develop its business.

* HAX (www.hax.co) is an accelerator program for hardware startups founded in Shenzhen in 2011. By the end of 2016 it had invested in over 170 startups worldwide. It is today the world’s most active investor in hardware startups and runs programs in Shenzhen, San Francisco and New York. Softbank Commerce & Services and HAX are cooperating to help HAX startups expand their product distribution to the Japanese market.

Japanese version of the announcement available here!

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