Qubena

Country
Japan
Sustainable development goals
  • Quality education
  • Reduced inequality
Project link
https://qubena.com/

About the project

COMPASS Inc. developed Qubena, a tablet-form educational device for mathematics that utilizes artificial intelligence to support individual learning.  The device provides math problems that are optimized to the student’s learning process by matching the problem with the ability of the student and gearing questions to direct address their weak points. The company is promoting the wide use of the device by making versions with affordable prices as well as offering Qubena to NPOs.

More project information

COMPASS Inc. developed Qubena, a tablet-form educational device for mathematics that utilizes artificial intelligence to support individual learning.  The device provides math problems that are optimized to the student’s learning process by matching the problem with the ability of the student and gearing questions to direct address their weak points. The company is promoting the wide use of the device by making versions with affordable prices as well as offering Qubena to NPOs.

Artificial intelligence is utilized in the device to analyze and provide targeted questions that are optimized for the student. The device monitors the entire process of problem solving to detect specific points where they made mistakes and provides problems that address their specific weak points. The device also offers clues and animations that explain how to solve problems to support learning and encourage learners to challenge themselves by solving more advanced problems. To further support learning development, Qubena has an integrated set of tools such as rulers and compasses, and also comes with functions such as charts and graphs, which were thought to be difficult to control on tablet screens. In addition, the tablet can also be used to improve face-to-face teaching by providing instant information and feedback to teachers and parents through the analysis of the student’s learning and problem-solving process. COMPASS claims that based on its own research, learning on Qubena is seven to ten times more efficient than learning in the classroom.  

COMPASS offers various services such as Qubena Wiz, an online program with an “AI teacher” for about 100 USD a month, and Qubena Wiz Lite, a simplified version of Qubena Wiz for less than 20 USD a month. They also have a school in Tokyo called the Qubena Academy provides STEM education while using the Qubena tablets in a classroom environment. 

Qubena as a product, won the education division of “Mirai (Future) IT Award 2016,” an award for products or services that are based on innovative ideas in IT, held by Nikkei BP, a Japanese media company. In July 2017, the Renseikai Group, a major education company, started using Qubena for middle school students in 178 of their preparatory schools across Japan out of 220 schools in total. In July 2018, COMPASS started offering their materials free of charge to NPOs that work on solving unequal access to education, with KID’S DOOR in Tohoku region as their first partner.

Qubena promotes Quality Education by introducing the use of artificial intelligence to boost the efficiency of learning as well as supporting children become autonomous learners. In Japan, one in seven children are in relative poverty, and it is harder for these children to access expensive supplementary schools or receive higher education. By offering materials at affordable prices to households, as well as partnering with NPOs that aim to support such education needs by providing their tablets free of charge, the project also contributes to the goal of Reduced Inequalities.