CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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Bit Coding Robot (Red)
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- Winner "Best Robot" (2015 Consumer Electronics Show & 2014 International Toy Fair)
- A simple fun and engaging introduction into programming with Ozobot
- Download the free Ozobot Apps to play games
- Control Ozobot with markers then master with brain teasers
- Teacher recommended and free STEM inspired Lesson Plans (teachers please contact Ozobot for free Lesson Plans for use in your classroom)
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Ozobot is a powerful tiny robot that teaches STEM and computer science learning through a collection of game based activities and digital apps. Its easy-to-understand color code language makes Ozobot the perfect choice for introducing young minds to concepts that are vital to their success in the 21st century.
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The kit comes with everything you need although I used the thicker Crayola markers for my younger students because it was easier to make thicker trails. The younger students enjoyed dressing up the bots almost as much as the older students did. These are an affordable way to introduce some robots. Other bots such as Spero and Dot and Dash come with a much higher price point. The students had fun and really enjoyed the coding experience.
We then moved onto using the included markers, I think that the included markers should have been a wide round tip instead of the chisel tip. Too often my 5 year old son's lines have a point that is too narrow for the Ozobot to follow, a round tip would have kept the lines uniform no matter what angle you use the markers at. Overall a neat thing to mess around with, getting the commands right with the marker can be hit or miss.
We then tried using the iPad app on my iPad 2. The app ran fine for me (a lot of reviews complain of crashing), but the Ozobot would not pick-up all of the commands correctly from the color dots, even with the brightness all the way up.
Finally we tried programming the Ozobot with Blockly, this is by far our favorite way to use the bot. I knew Blockly already when I taught myself to program a few years ago and made an app with it Let's Pretend - Police Radio, and my son was familiar with it from the "Hour of Code" website. Once he got the hang of programming the bot we have been having a blast making the robot do all sorts of stuff. For example we tied a string to it and programmed it to do a loop around the kitchen island for our cat, or programmed it to navigate a maze of Duplos and chair legs. It's neat to have a robot that you can program easily and see how it works in the real world, even if what it can do is limited. The only think I dislike about the web interface is any changes to the program, even a minor tweak takes about 20-30 seconds to re-upload to the bot via a colored dot on your screen.
Unfortunately the Blockly mode costs $10 with this pack, where it comes included with the Ozobot Bit 2.0 (Crystal White). If you are able to find this on sale I would take into account the extra $10 the Blockly upgrade will cost vs the Bit, because I consider it required to have the most fun with the Ozobot.
Edit 08/31/16 - As of right now the Blockly upgrade is free, but the site states that is free for only a limited time. You can go to the Ozoblockly website and check to see if there is an upgrade cost for the starter kit to help you compare costs between the two packs.
I have 8 and my adult friends like them as well. We've program dance offs, races and super long maps for our own entertainment.
Don't hesitate in buying atleast 2 to maximize the fun!
Between the two starter packs, an pack of pre-printed stickers with commands that we picked up in addition to the starter pack, and a giant pad of paper (think 3ft by 2.5 ft), we've had an amazing time with this toy. Just the starter pack is pretty neat on its own, too!