RoboKind, the creators of robots4autism and Milo, have introduced Jett, the coding and programming robot, along with the robots4STEM curriculum. Designed to teach all students—including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—the coding and programming skills they need to ignite a lasting interest in STEM, Jett is the younger sibling of RoboKind’s facially expressive robot Milo.
Individuals with ASD often thrive in process-driven, repetitious settings, and this aligns with skills needed to learn coding and programming. Jett empowers all students to be agents of their own education, giving a number of traditionally underserved groups access to coding and STEM.
Jett includes an entire curriculum of ready-made lessons that do not require teachers to have any previous experience or background with coding. The project-based, self-paced continuum of learning starts with simple lessons and progresses to complex topics. They do not depend on or require interaction with others, which has proven to be successful for students on the autism spectrum because it provides a safe, nonjudgmental, and engaging environment.
As a result of interacting with Jett, users report more girls are interested in signing up for computer science courses at the middle school level and are starting to picture themselves in STEM careers, and more students of color are having positive coding and programming experiences.