Toy Story’ meets AI with STEM kits to encourage children to be tomorrow’s scientists and engineers

DUBAI, 20 November 2021 – Children as young as five can now harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to develop their own robotics and design their own autonomous cars at the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) kits developed by Turkish start-up Twin Science, in collaboration with Rolls-Royce and the Young Guru Academy.

The kits, which are being showcased as part of the UK Pavilion’s ‘In the Future… How will we Travel?’ programme, consist of Lego-compatible electronic modules that can be combined in an infinite number of configurations to produce everything from motion sensors to self-driving model cars.

Yakub Ates, Regional Sales Manager, Twin Science, said the idea for the STEM kits came after travelling through regional Turkey 15 years ago.

Yakub Ates said: “That’s when we saw the gap in education between the privileged and under-privileged. So, we came up with an idea to produce our own product in an accessible way to reach out to children all around the world.”

“Our aim is to teach daily life technologies to children in an easy way … without them being scared of technology. That why we came up with these ‘Twin’ modules that are easily compatible. Even in a couple of seconds, you can understand the logic and start doing your own experiments.”

Ates said that the STEM kits are also aimed at bridging the gender gap: “Science has no gender. That’s why boys and girls they all play and increase their curiosity and knowledge.”

The kits are delivered to teachers and volunteers, alongside 100-plus hours of curriculum developed with University College of London. They are supported by an app designed by Twin Science to provide an educational path to build 21st-century STEM skills. The app offers STEM content using informative videos, DIY experiments and projects, mini games, and trivia.

Twin Science’s collaboration with Rolls-Royce and the Young Guru Academy is part of the British car manufacturer’s STEM outreach programme, which aims to reach 25 million people around the world by 2030.