I remember when I was in school in the 90s and every teacher would tell us that technology was a growing field, that we needed to find jobs in the tech fields. It seems much more obvious now than it did then and I find myself telling my kids the same thing. Everything is technology now and we’re hearing so much about STEM, especially for the girls.
Lately, I’ve been trying to find toys that encourage their love for technology, maybe with the hidden agenda that they perhaps find their way to a tech career in the future.
Have you heard of Ozobot? It’s a tiny robot that teaches your kids robotic coding in the most basic and fun way possible. Everyone in my house, from my husband to my teen and even my preschooler, can create programming for Ozobot and have a great time with it.
Our kids can use markers, printed materials from the internet, and even on our tablet, to create programs and prompts for our Ozobot.
Ozobot’s scalable platform then enables young minds to explore more complex coding concepts using sequential programming and visual editors to gain valuable life skills and a fundamental understanding of computational thinking. This means that this is a learning toy that grows with your kids and appeals to various age groups – how many of the toys that are stacked up in your play room can claim that?
Ozobot even has an entire learning zone for parents and instructors. They offer educator discounts, STREAM/STEM programs, printed materials and lesson plans. This is great news for homeschool parents which seem to be growing in numbers these days.
And Ozobot isn’t just for kids. Imagine using Ozobot basic programming for home game nights. A glass of wine, some colored markers, and a subservient robot is exactly what you need for your next wine tasting party. Probably. I mean, it sounds fun, right?
Ozobot can be purchased online or at Barnes & Noble stores. The starter pack is priced under $50 so it’s a perfect holiday gift or for science classrooms. Shown above is the NEW Ozobot Bit which starts at $59.99 on Amazon and we HIGHLY recommend this new version.
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