Funding for teaching aid

Robot production ready to roll in bid to boost STEM take-up

Marty the robot is a hit with schools

A Scottish robotics startup is ready to start mass production of its Marty robot, after exceeding its fund-raising target.

Robotical, based in Edinburgh, has raised £43,291 through a Kickstarter crowdfund campaign, against an nitial target of £30,000.

It will now begin scaling up production of Marty which is designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The campaign drew interest from almost 200 backers and follows receipt of a Global Innovators Grant from Expo 2020 Dubai last week. The combined funding will be used to finalise development of Marty v2 and begin mass production, with the first units walking into schools from next March.

Marty was designed to inspire children into taking up careers in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, by helping teachers in primary and secondary schools to make lessons in these subjects more fun.

The robot has drawn attention from teachers around the world with thousands of units being used in more than 150 schools across more than 50 countries.

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