We received a sample to facilitate this review, however all opinions are our own.
It’s no secret that my kiddo is big into Science, Robots, Space, and all things STEM. He is going to a STEM Magnet Elementary School where there is a big focus on hands-on Science, Engineering, and Math learning. He has a few board games that use critical thinking to program robots to reach a gem, or lasers to hit a target. When I was asked to review the Ozobot, I knew he would LOVE it!
Ozobot is a small quarter sized robot. He has color sensors on the bottom that allow him to navigate and be programmed to do various functions. The concept is simple, he follows a black line until it ends or the color of the line changes in a sequence that tells him to do something.
Here’s a quick video on the basics of how he works:
Ozobot comes with a charging cable, which is your basic mini USB cable, a quick start guide, example playing cards, carrying pod, and a frosted color cover. The Ozobot website has several printable game boards, or you can just draw your own with markers on a solid white piece of paper.
Not only does he work on paper, you can actually use him on a tablet! There are several apps you can download for the Android or iOS systems. My favorite is OzoGroove. Use your own music, and program Ozobot to do up to 500 moves, upload the program to Ozobot and watch him groove to your music and dance program!
With OzoBlockly, you can directly control Ozobot’s movement and actions with block programming. This is a GREAT way to teach kids the basics of programming. I am planning on telling his school about Ozobot in hopes they will incorporate it into their classes!
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