DFRobot launches micro:Maqueen Plus to help K-12 schools teach AI

prnewswire | May 28, 2020

DFRobot is launching micro:Maqueen Plus this week, the newest offer of its popular educational robot series of micro:Maqueen. The new product, adopting machine learning technology, is designed for K-12 educators to teach AI through teaching AI. The newly launched micro:Maqueen Plus, created by open source hardware and STEM education solution provider DFRobot, is specially optimized in software and hardware for machine learning. In other words, unlike previous micro:Maqueen robots that are designed for programming, the new Maqueen is a Maqueen that learns. The Maqueen Plus is different from other educational programming robots on the market, it is equipped with AI capable of machine learning and visual recognition. It is able to continuously improve its abilities to recognise lines, colours, signs, QR codes, etc. Maqueen Plus has become smarter and performs better in circumstances such as autopilot. This whole process provides a direct and detailed experience for students to explore ideas and outputs of AI technology.

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China Liberal Education Holdings Limited Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Oriental Wisdom Cultural Development Co., Ltd.

China Liberal Education Holdings Limited | June 10, 2022

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This acquisition is a critical initiative of the Company's business strategy of boosting the Company's development in the vocational education industry through integrating enterprises and developing vocational education across various industries. Pursuant to the Agreement, China Liberal Beijing agrees to acquire 100% of the equity interests of Oriental Wisdom from Cloud Class in consideration of 7,000,000 ordinary shares of the Company, subject to certain payment schedules set forth in the Agreement. The transaction contemplated by the Agreement has been approved by the Company's board of directors at a special meeting on June 1, 2022, with the closing expected to occur near the end of June 2022. The acquisition of Oriental Wisdom is expected to bring synergy to the Company in the vocational education industry, enhancing the collaboration between educational institutions and companies, and improving the Company's management capabilities. Following the completion of the acquisition, the Company believes that it will be able to develop curriculum systems with trusted teacher resources and integrate professional skills and knowledge into liberal arts education, overcoming the obstacles many higher education institutions face in professional studies and reformations. Meanwhile, with a large and increasing number of students, the Company expects to expand its services to internship referrals, project outsourcing, and multi-level cooperation with leading companies for talent recruitment and training, providing students with premium employment opportunities. "We are excited to acquire Oriental Wisdom and it is another milestone for the Company to move toward our goal of contributing to the vocational education sector in China. With the recent favorable governmental policies and increasing government budgets for vocational education, we believe this acquisition demonstrates China Liberal's long-term strategic vision. Additionally, as the demand for digitalization grows in the education sector, we expect to leverage our advantages in technology, research and development (R&D) resources, and patented products to further cooperate with universities and colleges and assist them in fulfilling their needs for smart-campus management by enhancing their software system in order to achieve campus planning and inter-department coordination. The all-in-one teaching machine, AI-Space, will serve as the core of our hardware system and deliver online and in-person integrated teaching solutions to various educational institutions, allowing them to adapt to various teaching scenarios and improve the overall teaching quality. Looking forward, we will proactively expand our business in vocational education and continue to put efforts into education digitalization as we aim to benefit more students who are in vocational education and create more value for our shareholders." -Ms. Ngai Ngai Lam, Chairperson and CEO of China Liberal About Beijing Oriental Wisdom Cultural Development Co., Ltd. Beijing Oriental Wisdom Cultural Development Co., Ltd. is an integrated services provider in the higher education industry in China. Through the research of industry-education integration education model, school-enterprise cooperation in running schools, professional practice, practical training and employment, teacher training and other businesses, it currently cooperates with 10 colleges and universities in Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Shandong, and other provinces to operate school-enterprise jointly-managed programs covering various majors. 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SmartBrief Readers Select the National Certificate for STEM Teaching as a Co-Winner in the 2022 EdTech Readers’ Choice Awards

NISE | June 23, 2022

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Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies Partner to Provide Comprehensive Solution for Keeping K-12 Schools Safe

Raptor Technologies and Alertus Technologies | August 10, 2022

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King’s College International School Bangkok Selects Juniper Networks to Build an Experience-First Campus

King’s College International School Bangkok | May 30, 2022

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