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RoboThink gains praise in Parliament

17th May 2024
Harry Fowle
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RoboThink which helps children to learn coding through hands-on engineering projects, is set for expansion, following praise in Parliament for its work in helping to develop STEM skills.

RoboThink is a STEM, coding for children, robotics, and engineering program nurturing budding geniuses across 27 countries reaching thousands of students each day. In the UK, it already has 7 franchise locations, including its headquarters in Stanmore and two in Harrow (Pinner and Ruislip).

Other locations include; Hornsey, Buckhurst Hill (Essex), Borehamwood (Herts), Medway (Rochester) with more locations set to open this year across the UK as franchisees find the perfect way to blend their passion for STEM subjects with a chance to create a new business opportunity.

Last month, the business earned high praise in Parliament during a debate on Digital Skills when Lisa Cameron MP (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow) spoke positively about RoboThink, emphasising its significant contribution to STEM education.

Now, as summer camps is round the corner, demand for RoboThink’s “camps” is building, as are enquiries for franchise opportunities, as RoboThink UK CEO, Nitin Teckchandani explains;

‘This time of the year tends to get busy for us as parents and carers look at ways of keeping their children engaged and learning and our camps are a big part of that. Kids spend enough time already in front of screens, so our approach is a lot more hands-on.

‘We were so honoured when we heard Lisa Cameron’s comments during the skills debate. Lisa actually visited our Discovery Centre in Stanmore last year and it is great to hear that she feels we have a part to play in encouraging the development of these crucial skills.’

RoboThink runs events in partnership with schools and in their own Discovery Centres across the south of England, with more set to open this year.

‘I think we will be in double figures with regards to locations in relatively short order,’ says Nitin, who switched from a corporate career in cyber security with some of the biggest names in the world to working with RoboThink on their UK expansion four years ago.

‘STEM literacy is becoming more important day by day in today’s fast-changing world, concludes Nitin. We aim to spark interest for STEM in children (4-14) - where else can students become amusement park engineers, aerospace engineers, battle bot designers, self-driving car designers in their half term break?’

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