I recently got to test out the Ozobot with a few of my favorite young toy reviewers. If you haven't seen it, the Ozobot is a cool little robot geared towards kids that you can easily program with color code combinations. You create games on paper or with one of the free downloadable Apps for your iPad or tablet.
Out of the box it's a small cylindrical device about an inch tall that fits in your hand. It comes with instruction cards, carrying case and micro-usb cables to charge it up.
Right away the kids were excited to see what this little guy could do. I know nothing about programming or robotics so I was a little apprehensive, but it was very easy to understand how the Ozobot works. Within minutes we were watching our robot follow along the path of colored lines we created. I love that it's very simple to understand for beginners but is scalable for advanced programming so your child can learn more difficult concepts and create their own unique ones.
We spent over an hour playing with the Ozobot and testing out what it could do. The kids really loved it and were eager to give the apps a try. I can tell this will be a toy that keeps them busy for long periods of time. Even better, it's something that teaches them strategic thinking and technology concepts, instead of another mindless video game or tv show.
This is a great gift idea for any child interested in learning how robots work and curious about programming. Also, I think it would be great for classrooms to have so teachers could introduce these concepts in a simple, visual way.
Some Cool Info on the Ozobot
- Ozobot won “Best Robot” at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show & 2014 International Toy Fair.
- Ozobot offers free STEM/STREAM lesson plans and workshops (www.ozobot.com), providing teachers and parents a cutting edge educational tool that helps kids learn while playing. Download the apps and build custom maps, challenge friends to games of luck and strategy, and then program your Ozobot to dance or play your very own custom game.
- Ozobot Bit’s built-in LiPo battery provides quick recharge via a micro-USB port and delivers over an hour of continuous action on a single charge.
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category: STEM toys
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