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There are many robot type toys on the market today, however, nothing like the one I am going to show and explain to you. Ozobot is a robot that follows a path by reading different colors on a piece of paper or colored coded lines on pre-printed sheets that you fill in. This creative robot not only teaches STEM and programmable coding, but it empowers children’s minds to discover and explore complex coding concepts.
Ozobot takes learning to a whole new level. If you do not have a tablet, you can still have fun with markers, paper and game boards. You can control Ozobot’s behavior through a block based editor Blockly. Through the many applications such as hopscotch, scratch, inventor, tynker and others, Ozobot encourages creative thinking and empowers your mind to think logically while providing hours of fun.
Ozobot travels through the maze following the color coded lines and detects intersections from the shapes you either draw on paper or are pre-drawn for you. Ozobot has a sensor that can detect the surface for color variation. In addition, Ozobot flashes with its blinking lights to send you messages. Let me know if you can figure them out. If you have an android or iPad, you can simply go online and play with Ozobot using OzoBlockly. Also, you can download challenging lessons to help you learn science, math and literature.
All my children played with Ozobot and enjoyed the different activities we tried. I think what they loved most was being able to use their creativity and design their own mazes to watch Ozobot maneuver over each color block. When my children first saw Ozobot they did not believe this tiny robot could do much of anything, but much to their surprise he certainly could and more than they could imagine. I think the favorite move they enjoyed was watching Ozobot go in circles. Depending on what color and order you put the color codes it will make Ozobot do a certain move. For example, if you use green, Ozobot will move, if you use red Ozobot will stop. Green, blue, green will make Ozobot jump straight. You can do many variations of Ozocodes and have a load of fun watching.
You can purchase Ozobot on Amazon for $49.99