Zyrobotics is proud to announce its selection as a member of the 2017 Ignite cohort at NewSchools Venture Fund.
NewSchools works to spur product growth and effectiveness in areas identified by teachers and students as lagging in innovation. Through the Ignite program, they provide grants to promising teams of entrepreneurs and support them through management assistance and a cohort experience.
Zyrobotics is one of the 15 ed tech companies awarded funding through NewSchools Ignite Special Education Challenge. As a cohort member, Zyrobotics is committed to developing the Zumo Learning System, an innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning tool, to help millions of students across the country who receive special education services achieve their most ambitious dreams. In addition to the funding, Zyrobotics will receive management assistance and a community of practice from NewSchools.
The Zumo Learning System makes active learning accessible for children with special needs through a variety of accessible STEM-based apps and a plush turtle controller named Zumo. The universality and accessibility of the Zumo Learning System encourage an inclusive learning environment where children of all abilities can reach their academic goals.
“It has been statistically shown that children with special needs take fewer math and science classes,” said Dr. MacCalla. “We want to change that by providing children with different abilities, STEM learning tools that are motivating and engaging.”
“While it may sound obvious that students with disabilities need additional support, few ed tech tools exist to support this diverse group of students,” said Tonika Cheek Clayton, Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. “We believe ed tech tools have the potential to address many critical needs in special education. That’s why NewSchools Ignite is proud to invest in Zyrobotics to develop engaging tools to reimagine special education learning.
Zyrobotics LLC, an award-winning creator of educational technologies for children, was founded in 2013 as an inclusive technology company. We address the diverse needs of children with differing abilities by developing personalized technologies to make a difference in the lives of children between the ages of 3- to 12-years old. Our mission is to enable freedom through technology by developing products that are adaptive to each child’s capabilities and focus on promoting the stimulation of social, cognitive, and motor skills development in a child.
NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that finds, funds and supports promising and innovative education entrepreneurs, teams of educators and education leaders. We help them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the schools, students and educators they serve. We are committed to helping students graduate high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. Through our investing, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reimagine K–12 education.
Company Name: Zyrobotics LLC
Contact Person: Rachelle Legentus
Country: United States