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Ozobot 2.0 Programmable Robot teaches STEAM through play

Ozobot programmable robot.
Ozobot programmable robot

Incorporating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning in everyday play was the inspiration behind the Evolve design team when they set out to create an interactive programmable robot.  “Our journey began in the spring of 2012 with the idea of finding different ways to play, learn and socially interact in an evolving digital world”  says CEO, Nader Hamda. The result of their hard work is a user friendly, mini robot destined to bring computer programming to life in the palm of your hand.

The Ozobot is a sleek, walnut sized programmable robot. Sensors on the bottom of the device react to color coding patterns to move, reverse direction, and dance. For example, red and black color combinations slow down the device while blue and black combinations make it move a bit faster. Rest assured, there are many other combinations to discover.

Ozobot 2.0 Bit Dual Kit
Ozobot 2.0 Bit Dual Pack

The Ozobot 2.0 Bit kit includes an Ozobot, USB charger, instructions, and preprinted mazes to get you started.  Once we had the basics down, my ten year old had a great time creating color coded mazes with her own markers on plain, white paper.

After calibrating the device on our laptop screen, we were able to play games on the company website.

OzoBlockly utilizes basic programming language to teach users how to code through play.  The games build upon each other to challenge users to solve increasingly difficult tasks.  I was entertained as much as my ten year old! Fortunately, the device recharges in less than half an hour.  Download free iOS and Android apps which include a variety of web and printable games and educational programming resources.

Creative problem solving as a team made this a hit with the whole family.  We laughed, learned, and love the Ozobot.

Ozobot kits are available online at http://shop.ozobot.com/. starting at $49.95.

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