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Ozobot is an award-winning robot that gives kids the chance to hone their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills. In our brief experience with our Ozobot so far, I have seen my 5th grader use problem solving skills and working independently to play with the Ozobot. He is actually learning to program and code through games!
One of the things I appreciate most about my children’s school is their focus on hands-on learning experiences. Kids can really learn a lot by doing. I feel like having an Ozobot in our home gives my 11-year-old son something educational to do in his downtime. He views it as a fun robotics toy. His creative skills are put to use designing mazes, tracks and playgrounds for Ozobot.
To be honest with you, my son knows a lot more about how to use the Ozobot than I do. We opened the box and I basically said, “Go figure it out!” And he did. I showed him the Ozobot website and helped him print out the things he wanted to do from there.
I think it’s really neat that mazes can be printed from the computer OR hand drawn using “low tech” markers and white paper. Kids don’t necessarily have to have access to digital screens to play with Ozobot. Both ways are fun and can provide different types of experiences.
However, The Ozobot Suite app (which includes OzoDraw, OzoPath and OzoLuck) opens up limitless possibilities for discovery using iOS and Android tablets.
Make Ozobot Dance!
The Ozobot Groove App lets users upload dance moves to the Ozobot. A dance editor lets users sequence the moves (spins, twists, direction changes, and more). Hit the dance button and watch Ozobot play back a routine (up to 500 moves) set to songs.
I like that the Ozobot just has to sit on the display screen for the dance program to upload – no need to plug in cords or anything else to transfer the data.
Ozobot Gets TONS of Awards and Recognitions, including:
- Best of Toy Fair 2014 – Techlicious
- Best of CES 2014 – iPhone Life Magazine
- Toy of the Year Finalist 2015 – Toy Industry Association
- Best of Toy Fair 2014 – Popular Science
- 2014 Holiday Seal of Approval by The National Parenting Center
- Dr. Toy 10 Best Technology 2014
Affordable Educational Gaming.
A single Ozobot pack is $49.99 and a dual pack is $99.99. This price point is significantly lower than competitors. What’s in the box? We received the dual pack, which contains everything you need to start playing right out of the box.
*Note: The Ozobot takes about 30 minutes to fully charge. A dual pack includes: 2 Ozobots, 2 standard cover skins + 2 limited edition skins, game & instruction cards, 2 protective carrying cases, 2 custom micro-usb cables.
The instructional cards are helpful, but we found that a visit to the Ozobot website is where everything is at! Answers to our questions, Do-It-Yourself ideas for mazes, downloadable games and a lot more. Definitely go there and be ready to print out a lot of additional information that will help you get the most from your robot.
Meet Ozobot at Toy Fair 2015!
Ozobot will be attending this year’s Toy Fair in New York City from February 14-17.
Enter to win the #Ozobot #Lucky7 Giveaway!
Ozobot is currently hosting the #Lucky7 Giveaway on their website and Facebook page. There are three ways to enter to win (tweeting, subscribing to the e-mail list, and entering a valid serial number). Giveaway prizes include: Polaroid 300 Instant Camera and Film Pack, GoPro Hero, Apple iPhone 6, Crosley Portable Turntable, Beats On-Ear Headphones, Nabi 24″ tablet and iPad Air. AWESOME tech prizes, right?
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Are your kids into tech toys and robotics? What do you think about this robot?