Carnegie Mellon's RoboTutor advances to Global Learning XPRIZE semifinals | 6/21/2017 | Staff
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RoboTutor, educational technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University that teaches children basic math and reading skills, has been named a semifinalist in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition.

An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write or do fundamental arithmetic, and many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to schools or teachers. XPRIZE is attempting to address the acute shortage of teachers in developing countries by funding an international competition to create open-source Android tablet apps that enable children ages 7-10 to learn basic reading, writing and math skills without requiring adult assistance. Apps were created in both English and Swahili.

Teams - Countries - Competition - Evaluation - Pilot

Nearly 200 teams from 40 different countries entered the competition. Following an evaluation and pilot test, RoboTutor, led by CMU's Jack Mostow, is one of 11 remaining teams competing for five $1 million finalist prizes.

"RoboTutor is a brilliant piece of educational technology that has already proven to effectively teach English and Swahili-speaking children basic skills. It also perfectly exemplifies our evidence-based approach to carefully integrating technology and using data to continuously refine and improve instruction, leading to better student learning while supporting new discoveries in the learning sciences," said Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and faculty lead for CMU's Simon Initiative.

RoboTutor - Design - Principles - Order - Students

RoboTutor's design is based on scientific learning principles in order to engage students so that they learn the material and can then use it in other contexts. It is powered by advanced technologies, including...
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