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In today’s world kids and their parents have to embrace technology. It’s true unless a meteor hits our planet and wipes us out into the dark ages, technology is steadily moving forward. So teaching kids how technology works will help them with future jobs. Many schools out there are STEM-oriented, meaning their educational focus is on Science Technology and Math. My kids go to a STEM-oriented charter school and they have a Technology teacher that teaches the basics of coding. Computer coding jobs are big! I mean computers will probably continue to end up replacing jobs with each passing year. So to get ahead of this, kids should know how those computers work and jump on board so they can be the computer creators of the next generation.
Botley the Coding Robot is a 77-piece activity learning resource that teaches kids the very basics of coding suitable for children ages 5 and up. Coding is the language we use to communicate with computers. When you program Botley using the included remote programmer, you are engaged in a basic form of coding. Botley the Coding Robot teaches the very basics of coding, advanced coding concepts like If/then logic, critical thinking and spatial concepts along with collaboration and teamwork.
Botley comes with detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, 6 boards that help with those critical thinking skills when coding Botly to navigate only on the boards and other accessories from cones to sticks and balls that can aid in creating hazards for Botley to get around. The best thing about Botley is how your child gets to use their critical thinking skills and their imagination to move Botley. Botley can take up to 80 code commands at once and you can set Botley up to loop the commands if you so desire. The coding cards that come with Botley help children learn how to code.
Not only does Botley help with basic coding, it does a good job at If/then programming too. If you place an object in front of Botley and you have OD (object detection on) you can program Botley to do something different if it detects an object in its path. For example, Botley can just stop (it will make a honking sound), or it can turn left or right to navigate around the object. This gets into advanced coding which can be awesome for kids 8 and up.
For us, there was so much to discover with Botley. I have a six-year-old who is obsessed with technology and even though we try to limit screen time to just an hour a day on weekdays, he sometimes weasels in a little more. So this robot is right up his alley and takes him away from screen time!
Can More Than One Child Play With Botley?
Yes, you can create coding games or challenges with other kids and take turns coding Botley to perform the commands you want it to. This can be turned into a fun challenge. For example, you can challenge your child to code Botley to move from the dining room to the kitchen around various obstacles. This gets them thinking about sequence and commands that will get Botley where it should go. Heck, if they can even break out rulers and use measurements with coding to make sure Botley truly gets to where they want it to go. If they get it wrong, they can simply delete the coding sequence and start over.
I am in love with this learning resource and I am so happy to let my kids explore how to operate Botley as much as they desire. If you are looking for something your child can play with that isn’t your typical toy, and one that teaches critical thinking, this is it! I encourage you to give Botley a try in today’s technology-driven world. Botley would make a wonderful Christmas present or resource for your child’s school.
Botley will officially be in our gift guide this year! If you purchase Botley from my Amazon store below, we’ll receive a few cents that helps support our family. As always thank you for reading!
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