Back in 2018, the (now) Directors of Saeon Australia, were approached to consider an autonomous robot car that teaches computer programming. We were intrigued. And even more surprised to discover how sophisticated and clever was this little robot. Altino the Robot Car was invented by Saeon Co. in South Korea. See the video above from Hawaii News Now showing how Altino has already taught computer programming around the world including China and the USA. We enthusiastically agreed to be the sole supplier of Altino to Australia and adopt the name of Saeon Australia. Proudly we are an independently and fully Australian owned company.
After working with schools for many years - we could see the benefits of using Altino to make it easy for teachers to teach computer programming in schools. Recognising that computer programming is becoming almost as important as Reading, Writing and Maths - we were keen to see how the schools and the students embraced Altino. We commenced on developing a new programme called Code with Altino - based on the successful international Altino program - yet tailored to the Australian (ACARA and NESA) syllabus. We are thankful to Rob Peers, his teachers at Our Lady Star of the Sea at Terrigal, in addition to Steve Napoleoni of Wilton Public School, that provided us with an opportunity to pilot the Australian tailored program.
Many schools have adopted Altino as their own and the Altino Program has been given the "nod of approval" by a number of education departments - including NSW Department of Education, Queensland Department of Education, the UniSAConnect team at the University of South Australia and ACARA. While 2020 was "not a good year" for our business (like so many others) as further growth was not possible - we used the COVID year for more research and development. In 2021, we are looking forward to showing you how easy it is to teach or learn computer programming with revised programme materials and an even more advanced robot car at your school.