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My son is obsessed with technology and learning how things work. He watches tons of Youtube videos to learn more about how he can make various things work and is starting to learn about coding. We were elated to find the Ozobot Evo at Best Buy and get this little guy home to play and learn all about him.
The Ozobot Evo is the smallest robot of its kind and the goal is to code, play create and connect with the digital world. Ozobot comes in a great little box that you can also use as storage even after opening. Inside the box is your Ozobot, a helmet covering, coding markers, a play board as well as a carrying bag and usb charger.
Ozobot Bit Starter Pack – SKU 5734607
The Ozobot works with or without the app, however, downloading the app gives the future programmer more options to learn. We started to learn how to Ozobot worked by just simply turning him on and setting him on the play board. Without the app connected, the Ozobot will move around the board on the black lines and do various tricks as he passes over the colors.
We then downloaded the app and connected our Ozobot. We were able to name our little Ozobot and play a couple games with him. One of the games that you can play is called Ozolaunch. This is a game of skill where you control the Ozobot and launch him from planet (colored circle) to planet in as few shots as possible. Both of our kids were competing to see who could do it in the least amount of time. Of course our son was the best at this!
One thing that I loved about this STEM toy is that the website is so helpful and has many different templates to download as well as videos to teach your child how to play with the toy. There are over 20 activities included in the Ozobot 2.0 starter pack and you can download even more from their website and the Ozobot app for more fun! We downloaded and printed just a few and I know we will be printing more. I will also be laminating these because they have already gotten a ton of use.
Ozobot helps teach coding with colors which shows little learners that colors can create action. This is awesome for cause/effect building skills for future programmers. My son has been a techie from the moment he could grab a phone or tablet. He is always wanting to learn more about robotics and how everything works. He was excited to learn that he could use the Ozobot markers and create patterns for his Ozobot to follow. We downloaded the coding key off the Ozobot website to help him learn how to direct his Ozobot and make him do tricks. When he gets really good at this skill, we will introduce him to Ozoblockly and have him create codes on the computer that his Ozobot will follow when connected to the app. It really is an amazing tool for learning and play.
We put together a short video to walk anyone through some basics of usage from turning him on, to using the play board, to calibration and play! I know there will be more videos as we learn more and are able to work through the coding process together. Yes, together! This mom is just as excited to learn more coding and help my kiddo build his STEM skills. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math and products like this Ozobot encourage kids to develop skills in these areas. Best Buy carries STEM products ranging from basic learning games to advanced toys that are designed to stimulate a child’s mind in these STEM areas which help develop logic and problem solving skills! Any parent can get behind that!
What do you think? Would you buy the Ozobot for your child?