Carnegies Mellon's Robotutor Advances to Global Learning Xprize Semifinals

Carnegies Mellon's Robotutor Advances to Global Learning Xprize Semifinals

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RoboTutor, 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 this problem by funding an international competition to create open-source Android tablet apps that enable children between the ages of 7 and 10 to learn basic reading, writing and math skills without adult assistance. Apps were created in English and Swahili.

Nearly 200 teams from 40 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.

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