Sesame Workshop and IBM Watson Team Up to Advance Early Childhood Education

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization that produces Sesame Street, and IBM are collaborating to use IBM Watson’s cognitive computing technology and Sesame’s early childhood expertise to help advance preschool education around the world.

As part of a three-year agreement, Sesame Workshop and IBM will collaborate to develop a new category of educational platforms and products that will be designed to adapt to the learning preferences and aptitude levels of individual preschoolers.

The collaboration will draw from Sesame Workshop’s deep educational content expertise garnered from over 45 years of research, and more than 1,000 studies on how young children learn best. This expertise will combine with Watson’s natural language processing, pattern recognition, and other cognitive computing technologies to create highly personalized learning experiences intended to complement the roles that parents and teachers play in early development. Watson will continuously hone and improve educational activities by studying and adapting to the aggregate experiences of anonymized groups of students.