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September 22, 2015 08:00 ET

Monoprice® Unveils Creative and Learning Category Offering STEM Technologies

New Youth Education and Development Category Features Offerings From Monoprice, Ozobot, Adafruit, Makeblock and DFRobot Partners

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA--(Marketwired - September 22, 2015) - Continuing to deliver on its promise of introducing premium technology solutions in emerging categories, Monoprice, a leading provider of high-quality and affordably priced consumer electronics and accessories, today announced the debut of a new product category, Creative and Learning. This category will offer a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning products, such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino from partners Ozobot, Adafruit, Makeblock and DFRobot, as well as children's instruments from Monoprice. Customers will now have the opportunity to give their children a head start on learning scientific concepts and processes, engineering design, building and programming, rhythm and self-expression. Ozobot, Makeblock, Adafruit solutions are available now for purchase on Monoprice.com, here, with additional products launching in the coming months.

"All children deserve the opportunity to learn and create, and STEM technology makes learning essential scholastic disciplines a more fun and engaging experience," said Bernard Luthi, president of Monoprice. "Many of us at Monoprice use these products with our own children and we've seen how their eyes light up. We want to share in our customer's passion for technology by giving their children access to a more practical, hands-on learning experience that fosters invention, creative thinking and problem solving. We're excited to offer these affordably-priced products that align with our high standards for product excellence and customer satisfaction."

As a result of making significant investments in established and emerging technology categories this year, Monoprice has been able to distinguish itself as a trusted destination for buying consumer electronics and accessories. STEM is a gateway category for Monoprice to appeal to new audiences looking for tech gear that teaches essential scholastic disciplines in a more fun, engaging and interactive environment. By aligning the company with partners that develop exceptional STEM products, Monoprice has carefully curated a product category with solutions that will interest educators, parents and tech-savvy consumers. In addition to learning products, the company will begin offering children's instruments in the Creative and Learning category under the Monoprice brand name in October. Monoprice will continue to offer branded category products and bundles throughout the year.

Creative and Learning category products will include the following solutions:

Ozobot Single Pack and Dual Packs

  • Available now on Monoprice.com
  • Single Pack retails for $49.99 and Dual Pack costs $89.99 for grades K-12
  • Draw colored lines and shapes on paper and a digital screen, and the Ozobot will automatically scan and follow the commands
  • Download Ozobot apps to play games and full teacher-recommended curriculum
  • Offers challenges and activities or create-your-own games to share with your friends and the Ozobot community

Arduino from Makeblock and DFRobot

  • Arduino from Makeblock is available now on Monoprice.com
  • Arduino from DFRobot will launch in October
  • Arduino robot building platform offers mechanical parts, electronic modules and software for children in grades 5-12 and Maker kits for kids in grades K-12
  • A robot building platform offering mechanical parts, electronic modules and software
  • Monoprice will offer beginner through advanced robot kits starting from $29.99
  • Kits offer an in-depth, hands on experience with graphical programming and robotics, and promotes creative exploration

Raspberry Pi and Maker Kits from Adafruit

  • Available now on Monoprice.com
  • Learn basic computer building and programming skills
  • Kids can build their own Raspberry Pi mini computer to create fun and practical projects, such as a micro-powered Arcade Cabinet and Pi Game Emulator
  • Maker kits allow children to build Power Banks and an LED Watch
  • Raspberry Pi kits start at $99.95 for grades 9-12 and Maker kits start at $17.50 for grades 5-12
  • Additional bundles with Monoprice accessories such as dongles, video adapters and HDMI cables will be available soon

Monoprice Children's Instruments

  • Available in October
  • High-quality instruments allow children to learn the basics of rhythm and notes, and develop cognitive reasoning and special awareness
  • Line includes a 10-instrument percussion set, eight-note handbell set, metal kazoo, rainstick and 25-key xylophone with carry box

For more information on Monoprice's new Creative and Learning category, please visit Monoprice.com.

About Monoprice, Inc. (DBA Monoprice.com)
Located in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Monoprice, Inc. is an e-commerce leader specializing in providing more than 6,500 high-quality yet affordable electronics and tech products. As an industry innovator, Monoprice fills a void in the consumer technology market by delivering exceptional products that are on par with the best known national brands at prices far below the retail average with incomparable speed and service. Maintaining a business philosophy that focuses on the needs of its customers, the company strives to bring simplicity, fairness and confidence to consumers and businesses shopping for big-ticket electronics and tech accessories. For more information about Monoprice, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and YouTube. Monoprice is a business unit of Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR).

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