Educational Insights Artie 3000 The Coding Robot: Perfect for Homeschool & Classroom - STEM Toy, Coding Robot for Kids 7+
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- THE CREATIVE WAY TO LEARN CODING: Artie 3000 is the coding robot for kids where you design the code, and Artie 3000 draws the lines! With pre-programmed designs, beginners can start coding right away
- EASY SETUP! Artie 3000 requires 4 AA batteries (not included), with his built-in WiFi server, no internet connection is required! You will need a tablet or computer (not included) to control Artie.
- WHAT’S INCLUDED? Artie 3000 robot, 4 washable markers, quick start guide, and activity cards. Artie also has pre-coded designs and advanced coding apps for kids to grow with. Requires 4 AA batteries, not included. Be sure to check out 45 additional activities below under the User Guide.
- SAFE & SECURE! No internet connection is required with Artie 3000. With his built-in WiFi server, all you need is a tablet, computer, or phone to control Artie. Artie does not collect data of any kind.
- MENSA APPROVED! American Mensa named Artie 3000 an Honorary Mensa Member and partnered with Educational Insights to create coding activities and programs that spark curiosity in coding for kids of all learning levels
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Artie connects to tablets and computers directly through Wi-Fi, ensuring a one-to-one secure connection. Artie will never ask for your information or store data of any kind.
Do I need WiFi to connect Artie?
No. Artie has his own built-in WiFi that works directly with your device.
Can I use my phone to code with Artie?
Artie works best with a computer or tablet. Artie's interface works best with larger screens.
Can I use other markers with Artie?
Yes. Artie uses washable felt tip markers between 8 mm to 10.5 mm diameter thickness. The length of the marker must be 120 mm or more. Artie will work with RoseArt Classic SuperTip and Crayola Super Tips.
Does Artie collect data from users?
There is no Wi-Fi or log-in required, in fact, Artie 3000 never connects to the internet. There is only a one way transmission of data from the user to the product thus, Artie 3000 does not collect data of any kind.
How many Arties can I run at once in my classroom?
As long as you have a tablet/laptop to connect to each Artie, you can run as many as you'd like (ex: 8 iPads needed for 8 Arties). Each Artie will have it's own unique built-in WiFi connection so there will be no interference.
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The kids like to make the pre-coded shapes or just let him run for fun. Not a lot of direction. I would say the age should be at least 10+ not 7. Kids can make it work. If you don;t watch them they will drive it right off the paper and all over the table/floor.
I work at a software company and some of our products are written in Java scripting. I haven't gone deep into the coding part but from what I saw is it is legitimate coding. My kids are not ready for that (oldest is 9).
My hang ups is its kinda cumbersome to switch the markers and the instructions say if you have problems replace the batteries. That is true but you must have very new STRONG batteries. I hope rechargeable work.
**Update** Rechargeable batteries do help and holding or taping the corners of the paper help keep the lines straight.
First, Artie is adorable; not necessary for function, but definitely worth a mention. Setup is a breeze, and although we didn’t need it I later saw the quick setup video tutorial which easily shows the steps so much that my 8 year old could have gotten it up and running. Truly the most difficult part was unscrewing the battery compartment, which wasn’t too bad. I also really appreciate that although he comes with a few felt tip markers we can use almost any without worrying about stocking up on specialized markers or hoping that they don’t discontinue the product and subsequently the accessories. This has happened more times than I can count and I truly appreciate the flexibility.
The user interface is simple but backed by powerful commands when you see what Artie is capable of executing. All 4 of my children have loved having this as an addition to our educational toys, and I’m an artist so I love having the combination of coding with creativity. It was amazing to see how much my older daughters already new from their schools STEM and Maker Space activities, and how quickly my younger children adapted to the coding principles.
We absolutely LOVE this little guy, he’s a welcomed addition to our family computer and homework area, ready to go whenever we are ready to experiment.
Great getting started sheet for kids who want to dive in without much background into coding
Has presets for younger kids already in the app
Has layers of different coding options for older kids
Easy to clean (toddler got it all sticky )
Durable (toddler threw it on tile ... still works great)
Lines on drawing sometimes didn’t line up (could be user error or we might need to tape down paper)
Didn’t move away from drawing after complete so you have to pick him up . Not a huge con but would be nice if after the program ran it had a back up or move on option so it shows the creation.
I used this with my 7 , 10, and 12 yr olds and most enjoyed it but my 12 yr old is still fiddling with the scratch code and basic coding options so not just a one and done toy.
You insert the marker in a compartment on top of his head. You use a plastic circular piece to help guide how far to insert the marker. Put a piece of paper on surface. Make sure you tape the paper on the corners so it doesn’t slide when Artie runs.
The recommended age for this toy is 7 to 12. Our 6 year old needed help from our 10 year old. It was much easier for our 10 year kid to code and run it.
We connected to Artie on our iPad Air and then went to coding interface. The coding interface and Artie can be a bit quirky at times so we had to retry here and there.
In order to do the letters and numbers you will need to upload additional files. These are available on Educational Insight website for computer or on the interface for tablet. There is a stimulator mode on the interface that allows you to test out your code before running Artie.
Our kids were able to make Artie draw shapes, patterns, mazes, letters and numbers. Overall, it’s a fun toy to learn to code while making art. It’s cool for kids to see the actual result with their own eyes.
One area to improve is to give Artie the ability to retract the marker when he is waiting for coding instructions. Right now he creates a big blob (dot) on the paper while he is in wait mode. The only way to prevent this is to tilt him on his side and put him upright when the kids are ready to run the code.
I just started with one of the initial projects for drawing a maze. The introduction to coding a procedure is very valuable to someone starting out. I do wish it would have the same sample projects in all the supported languages. The simulate option was useful, so I could see what would happen before I sent it to Artie. Artie is easy to setup and start, it took 10 minutes from the package to the maze in the drawing.
I think the nephews and nieces are going to have fun learning to code with this and I will enjoy showing them and watching them develop the necessary skills for STEM based careers later in life.