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MENSA WELCOMES ITS FIRST ROBO-MEMBER

As Robotics Week boots up, Artie shows the value of coding and creativity

ARLINGTON, TEXAS, April 8, 2019 — American Mensa welcomed its first robot member. Artie 3000™, a drawing robot from Educational Insights who helps kids learn to code, was named an honorary member of the high-IQ society.

"American Mensa and the Mensa Foundation value the importance of coding and STEM-related education," said Trevor Mitchell, Executive Director of American Mensa. "We fell in love with Artie's unique ability to develop these skills but through artistic expression."

Artie is the first robot and only the third fictional character to receive an honorary Mensa membership card, joining Lisa Simpson from "The Simpsons" and Mr. Peabody from the animated film "Mr. Peabody & Sherman." As the first robo-member of Mensa, Artie boasts 16 languages and his own Wi-Fi and remote control. Take that, HAL 9000!

Artie joins Mensa at a time of growing emphasis on STEM education and robotics. The 10th annual National Robotics Week is under way, and the Toy Association's Decoding STEM/STEAM report has determined that toys play a crucial role in teaching STEAM concepts to kids by helping them develop competencies through play.

A recent survey, conducted by Educational Insights and American Mensa, found that 96 percent of parents believe coding principles will help kids regardless of their future career paths. The finding accentuates why Mensa is partnering with Educational Insights to help make coding approachable for every child, from Mensans to kids who simply love to draw. The collaboration includes free activity and lesson plans, perfect for educators and parents alike and available soon on MensaForKids.org.

Artie was recently featured at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and at Toy Fair New York. Designed for kids ages 7-12 and retailing at $69.99, the learning toy is available for purchase at www.EducationalInsights.com.

American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top 2 percent on an accepted standardized intelligence test. Mensa has more than 50,000 members in the United States and more than 130,000 members globally. For more information about American Mensa, visit americanmensa.org.

Educational Insights, based in Southern California, is the creator of award-winning toys and games backed by a playful promise to provide new experiences that ignite passion and fuel kid creativity and imagination. For more than 50 years, its toys and games have helped kids around the world embrace their originality, celebrate their differences, and pursue their very best selves. Learn more at www.EducationalInsights.com.

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Charles Brown
(817) 607-5512
charlesb@americanmensa.org

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AMERICAN MENSA WELCOMES FIRST ROBOT MEMBER, ARTIE 3000

Educational Insights‘ Artie 3000 is the first robot member of American Mensa.

The high-IQ society named the coding robot an honorary member — the third fictional character to receive the honor, joining Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons and Mr. Peabody from DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

Artie 3000 made its debut at CES in January, quickly building buzz through Toy Fair season. Kids can watch Artie draw what’s been coded, line by line, moving forward, backward, and spinning in any direction while lifting and lowering one of four thin-tip, colored markers. Beyond free-form coding, Artie is pre-programmed with a variety of designs such as numbers and letters, shapes, games, and line-art for coloring.

Additionally, Mensa For Kids and Educational Insights collaborated on a series of Artie activities for professional educators and parents alike, all downloadable at www.codewithartie.com.

American Mensa will be at the 2019 Licensing Expo, taking place from June 4 to 6, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The organization currently works with licensing partners including Educational Insights, Hasbro, Match.com, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Skyhorse Publishing. Mensa is seeking partners in a variety of categories and will exhibit at booth No. O51.

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CODING JUST GOT COOLER (AND CUTER) WITH THE ARTIE 3000 ROBOT.

One of our favorite tech discoveries at this year's New York Toy Fair was this adorable new drawing robot Artie 3000. What makes him so special you ask? Well, let's just say he teaches kids ages 7-12 how to code using activities created in collaboration with Mensa for Kids. Whoa.

We know you hear a lot about STEM toys teaching kids to learn how to code, but what exactly does that mean? Well, with Artie, kids can imagine simple or complex drawings and designs, and translate them into "drag and drop" code on any device. Then Artie actually draws what the kids have coded, line by line, moving forward, backward, even spinning while lifting and lowering markers.

We know parents will love that Artie's WIFI is built in, so your kids won't need an Internet connection to play. And he’s got lots of pre-programmed designs, along with that freeform coding capability to let kids stretch their imagination.

But what's so unique about Artie is that he's got an honorary Mensa card. In fact, he's only the third character to ever receive such an honor, after Lisa Simpson and Mr. Peabody. This means the prestigious American Mensa organization gives him a big thumbs up, and has worked together with Educational Insights (the makers of Artie) to create special activities for kids.

Now, you can't get your hands on Artie 3000 just yet, as he won't be ready to ship until the end of March. But you'll definitely want to keep your eye on him, or hey, pre-order, so you'll get first dibs on his drawing wizardry (that’s not really wizardry at all). Yay STEM!

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ARTIE 3000 ROBOT TEACHES KIDS TO CODE BY MAKING ART

This little robot is called Artie 3000, which sounds like a bad 1980s robot movie. Created by Educational Insights, it's a programmable robot that encourages kids to code through art.

There are plenty of toys for kids that encourage problem-solving, but this one is kind of unique. This new 'bot is all about art and design. The robot was designed to be easy to use so that kids can create simple or complex drawings with code. Instead of drawing by themselves, kids can drag and drop code into a digital device and then Artie 3000 will make it happen. Artie draws what has been coded. It’s basically a modern version of those turtle graphics robots.

This little robot is compatible with a range of computers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. You don't need wi-fi to play with this robot. American Mensa, the society for high-IQ smarty-pants people, has partnered with Educational Insights to bring your kids this robot. In fact, Artie will be the first robot and only one of three characters to receive an honorary Mensa card. The others were Lisa Simpson and Mr. Peabody.

The Artie 3000 Robot is available for pre-order now, and is a bargain at just $69.99. He's expected to start shipping on 3/14/19.

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EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS UNVEILS NEW CODING ROBOT, ARTIE 3000™ AND A PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN MENSA AT CES 2019

Recent Survey by Educational Insights and Mensa Indicates that 94% of Parents Surveyed Believe that Learning Coding through Artistic Concepts Would Make it More Engaging and Fun for Kids

GARDENA, CA (January 7, 2019) – Coding meets creativity in Artie 3000™, a new coding robot for kids from Educational Insights debuting at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. In a recent survey conducted by Educational Insights and American Mensa, it was found that 96% of parents surveyed stated they believe coding principles will help kids regardless of their future career paths. The need and interest for a robot like Artie has never been higher. Artie helps making coding approachable for every child - from Mensa members to kids who simply love to draw.

Meet ARTIE at CES Unveiled

Artie 3000 is a drawing robot that helps kids learn to code. They can imagine simple or complex drawings and designs, and translate them into "drag and drop" code on any device. Kids then get to experience the payoff of watching Artie draw what's been coded, line by line, moving forward, backward, and spinning in any direction while lifting and lowering four thin-tip, colored markers. With a built-in WiFi server, Artie is compatible with any desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smart device with no need for an internet connection to play. In addition to freeform coding, Artie comes pre-programmed with a variety of designs like numbers and letters, shapes, games, and line-art for coloring.

Artie 3000 is noted for its unique ability to foster critical coding skills through artistic inspiration and expression. American Mensa, the world-renowned society for high-IQ individuals, has partnered with Educational Insights due to the unique skills that Artie helps teach kids. Artie will be the first robot and only the third character to ever receive an honorary Mensa card, following in the footsteps of Lisa Simpson and Mr. Peabody.

"American Mensa and the Mensa Foundation value the importance of coding in helping kids achieve to their greatest potential in this day and age," said Trevor S. Mitchell, MBA, CEO, American Mensa. "We have fallen in love with ARTIE due to the robot's unique ability to help develop these skills, but through artistic expression, which is too often missing in the areas of technology and coding."

Educational Insights has collaborated with Mensa For Kids and there will be ARTIE activities available on the Mensa website in early 2019 to develop learning activities and STEAM-based challenges that spark curiosity in coding through creativity. These activities, perfect for professional educators and parents alike, are all downloadable at www.codewithartie.com.

Artie's release couldn't be more timely, with an increased emphasis on STEM learning and its artistic counterpart, STEAM. Coding with Artie 3000 encourages both sides of the brain, building left-brain skills like basic programming, geometry, and math, while creating cool, colorful designs engages the right side of the brain.

Trevor Mitchell will be moderating a panel at CES entitled "Cracking the Coding Question, Why Learn to Code?" on Thursday, January 10th at 9:40 a.m. Educational Insight's Janene Russell, Product Development Manager, will participate in the panel, speaking to some of the many ways coding can teach kids to experiment while providing the confidence to make mistakes and iterate.

Artie 3000 is designed for kids ages 7-12 and will be available in the spring of 2019 for an MSRP of $69.99. The product will be on display at the Living in Digital Times/Kids At Play Area of the CES Show in Booth #44170, Sands Expo Center.

Learn more at CodeWithArtie.com. Get social with @EducationalInsights on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter. #CODING #STEM #STEAM

Educational Insights based in sunny Southern California, Educational Insights is the creator of award-winning toys and games backed by a playful promise to provide new experiences that ignite passion and fuel kid creativity and imagination. For more than 50 years, our award-winning toys and games have helped kids around the world embrace their originality, celebrate their differences, and pursue their very best selves. Learn more about how we are igniting the spark in every child at www.EducationalInsights.com.

American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top 2 percent on an accepted standardized intelligence test. Mensa has more than 50,000 members in the United States and more than 130,000 members globally. For more information about American Mensa, visit americanmensa.org.

Contact:
Educational Insights
EducationalInsights@brilliantprm.com
888.808.4465 x747

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