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Acer and Wonder Workshop Form Alliance to Bring STEAM, Coding to K-8 Schools

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edited February 25 in What's Happening

Acer America announced an alliance with Wonder Workshop to deliver unique STEAM (science, technology, engineering, and math) bundles in the United States that teach K-8 students coding, robotics and computer science as part of their STEAM initiatives. The bundles pair Wonder Workshop’s Cue, Dash and Dot robots with Acer Chromebooks, Chrome tablets, Window notebook PCs and Android tablets.

The new STEAM bundles are being shown in Acer's (2002) and Wonder Workshop’s (5418) booths this week at ISTE 2018 in Chicago at McCormick Place West Building.

Acer is the first provider of Chromebooks, Chrome tablets and Windows notebook PCs to be compliant with Wonder Workshop’s award-winning robotics products. Chromebooks and Windows notebook PCs are two of the most widely used computing platforms in elementary and middle schools in the U.S., giving elementary schools more options for establishing and expanding STEAM programs, including robotics and coding.

Wonder Workshop’s Cue, Dash, and Dot robots allow students to build and develop computer science skills, while also learning the fundamental skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and creative storytelling. The personable robots, used in more than 20,000 schools worldwide, provide out-of-the box innovation and engage students across the curriculum.

“Acer and Wonder Workshop are combining proven technologies to provide schools with an adaptable curriculum integrating STEAM concepts for students at a range of ages and skill levels,” said Phil Burger, senior director, U.S. Commercial Sales, Acer America. “The Acer Wonder Workshop STEAM bundle will help schools give students more opportunities to experience science throughout the day, whether in the classroom for cross-curricular lessons, in a computer lab for dedicated programs, or during after-school learning in camps, clubs and competitions.”

“Our robots are on a mission to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences for students of all ages,” said Vikas Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop. “Through our collaboration with Acer, more students will have the opportunity to explore computer science and develop the critical skills necessary for students to compete in tomorrow’s job market.”

STEAM Bundles – Options, Pricing and Availability

Elementary and middle schools can choose from various bundles offered by Acer and Wonder Workshop that include the key components for classroom success, including age-appropriate robotics tools and accessories, computing devices, an accompanying curriculum based on standards and teacher training to apply coding and robotics into a range of subject areas.

Elementary schools can choose from two bundles that include Wonder Workshop Dash robots compatible with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and Education Android tablets, accessories, and a range of curriculum and support options. Prices start at $895.

Middle schools can choose from two different bundles that utilize Wonder Workshop Cue robots compatible with Acer Chromebooks and Windows 10 notebooks, accessories, and a range of curriculum and support options. Prices start at $1,200.

The new STEAM Bundles will be available from Acer and Wonder Workshop in the United States to education customers at schools and school districts next month.

Acer Education

Acer America’s education product portfolio includes a range of offerings including Chromebooks, Windows PCs and tablets that promote learning both in and beyond the classroom. Acer’s award-winning customer support and services ensure teachers, administrators and students get the most of their technology. Acer works with partners to provide an extended ecosystem and comprehensive solutions to education customers, while the Educare program offers service upgrades, warranties, damage protection and more.

About Wonder Workshop

Founded in 2012, Wonder Workshop’s mission is to spark creativity with kids of all ages, inspiring lifelong learning through our clever robotics platform. We are committed to helping children succeed in the 21st century and developing in-depth experiences that balance fun and learning, promote collaboration, and provide enduring value to both girls and boys at home and in the classroom. Our award-winning robots are used in more than 20,000 elementary and middle schools worldwide.

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