SUNNYVALE, Calif. & LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Square Panda, an education technology startup that designs connected learning toys and digital games to fuel the curiosity of early learners, announced a partnership with the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and launched a groundbreaking phonics play-set to kick off the 2016 International CES. This is the first in Square Panda’s line of educational products aimed at promoting literacy among preschool children. Along with its debut, Square Panda is proud to announce the appointment of Andre Agassi as a board member. He is also a founder of the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund which was established to provide investors seeking both financial and societal returns access to the growth of America’s most innovative educational organizations.
“Square Panda is unique and has the potential to create a generation of confident readers,” said Andre Agassi, Chairman and Founder of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. “I know one of the most important skills for a child to possess as they enter kindergarten is a basic understanding of phonics. If you can teach a child basic reading, then the child will begin their educational experience with self-confidence. We are excited to team up with Square Panda to launch this revolutionary new learning system.”
“For over twenty years, Andre has made it his mission to bring quality education to every child in this country,” said Tom Boeckle, Founder and Chairman of Square Panda. “We look forward to working with both Andre and the Foundation to improve education for students across the country.”
Designed to teach, engage, and entertain early learners (ages three and up), the phonics play-set uses connected letter toys and multi-sensory apps to explore early reading skills. Drawing from the latest research on phonics and multi-sensory instruction, Square Panda’s adaptive technology combines multi-sensory learning, humor, and exploratory play. Built upon proprietary hardware and software technology, its connected play-set adapts to recognize what a child is ready to learn and presents challenges to stretch growth and language skills. A video of the phonics play-set in action is available here http://bit.ly/squarepandanewsvideo.
“Square Panda Phonics Play-set is the first connected device for early learners that teaches phonics and print in a completely multi-sensory way,” said Andy Butler, CEO of Square Panda. “Square Panda is currently in pilot programs at various Head Start chapters, as well as day centers in the Las Vegas area. We are encouraged by the education community’s positive responses and look forward to continue working with parents and educators around the country to advance reading readiness skills for young children before they enter kindergarten.”
Square Panda will be showcasing the phonics play-set for the first time during CES (Sands, Halls A-C, Booth #74566) and discussing the future of education technology at the show’s Kids@Play Summit (January 7, 1:00PM, Venetian’s Lando 4301).
Available for iPads and on iOS, the Square Panda phonics play-set, starting today, is available for pre-orders at www.squarepanda.com.
About Square Panda
Square Panda is an education technology company that creates educational products for children that inspire active learning and discovery. Through a unique blend of digital apps and connected accessories, Square Panda brings children rich multi-sensory experience that encourage learning and exploration. For more information, visit www.squarepanda.com.
About the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education
The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education seeks to transform public education in two ways. Through its signature project, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, the Foundation works to provide underserved children in Las Vegas with a first‐class K‐12 education to prepare them for excellence in college and beyond. Through state and national advocacy, the Foundation strives to increase investment in, and accountability for, public schools. To support the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education or to obtain additional information, please visit www.agassifoundation.org.