SA hardware startup SeeBox expands to UK

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South African startup SeeBox, which has developed an educational console teaching children about electronics by means of game­play and experimentation, has expanded to the United Kingdom (UK).

Disrupt Africa first reported in 2015 on SeeBox, which aims to allow children to enjoy a practical and experimental way of learning the sciences and electronics.

The console engages children with short animated videos, and the allows them to put knowledge into practice with experiments on real playboards and game play. The SeeBox keeps track of a learner’s progress as they go.

The first consoles were delivered to their owners in last year, and SeeBox has now launched in the UK by exhibiting at the Birmingham Education Show, which attracts more than 7,000 visitors from the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

“The SeeBox’s reception was overwhelmingly positive, and especially the Learner Management System, tracking the progress of each learner, was of interest to attendants,” said SeeBox’s Mardine Kok.

“It is worthwhile to note that UK schools are currently much more tech-ready than African and South African schools, and we are especially optimistic, expecting breakthroughs in the UK market in the near future.”

She said the next step in the UK for SeeBox is direct contact and site visits to the schools that indicated interest in the SeeBox at the show.

“Our initial focus will be independent schools, and we are also working on the financing model for government schools in the UK,” she said.

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