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As teachers and moms, we are always on the look-out for toys our boys will love that we also love. We recently received an Ozobot in the mail and are excited to say that this definitely fits our requirements. If you have never seen an Ozobot, it is a tiny little robot. Or, as their web site states, “a game piece with brains”. It’s true! It does seem to be able to think with a little help from your kids. It is a great tool to be used in a STEM or STREAM setting. Or, for those classrooms across the country focusing on Common Core, it will encourage your children to think at a deeper level! We think buying four or five for classrooms to use would be a great investment for a parent teacher organization! Teachers could place kids in small groups and let them work on their problem solving and coding skills.
When we first received it, we opened it up and had the robot show us what it could do by using the path included in the box. This requires no thinking on your children’s part but is a good demonstration of what Ozobot is capable of doing. Once our boys watched it follow the path a few times, they were ready for something a little more exciting. They wanted to try out the markers and BrainTeasers (follow the link to download your own.) We like these because they require some thinking and problem solving. They had to use the markers and pick the correct code so that Ozobot would correctly navigate the path. If they chose the wrong path, he would not move correctly. We love that at their ages, they are beginning to learn about coding! This is not only a great toy for home, but also the classroom. It would be an engaging way for students to begin to learn about programming. Plus, students will need to work together and problem solve in order to make their Ozobot follow the path correctly.
This is not a toy your children will be able to take directly out of the box and make fully functional immediately. It will take thinking and planning. This is one thing we like! As children problem solve, they will see what their hard work can make happen. As parents and teachers, we encourage you to step back and let the learning happen without your intervention. It will be so good for your children! In the end, you will be glad you did. AND… your children will be so proud of what they can accomplish!
We might be investing in a second Ozobot soon so that our boys can use some of the printables that allow the robots to race. There are so many options, we think this little robot will provide learning and fun for a long time to come!
We are sure that the Ozobot will be a huge hit at Toy Fair 2015 in New York City on February 14th – 17th!
Ozobot has won numerous awards, check them out…
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
Do you have other ideas for using Ozobot in your classroom? We would love for you to share below!