Coding Fun for KidsJanuary 23, 2018
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine alone.
Back in engineering school, I took plenty of computer programming courses. Coding was one of those topics in school that I really enjoyed. It was super cool to use logic and a series of symbols to create a desired outcomeor goal. So when my daughters recently had the opportunity to check out the 77-piece Botley® the Coding Robot Activity Set from Learning Resources, I was thrilled.
Schools throughout the country have been putting a lot of emphasis on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math) recently. In fact, according to research conducted by Learning Resources, 70% of parents believe that kids should learn basic coding by the age of 5. Botley is a fun, friendly way to learn coding! What is coding? It is the language used to communicate with computers. Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set comes with everything needed to get started right away. The included remote programmer lets the child write codes and then transmit them to the Robot. It even comes with a set of coding cards to keep track of longer sequences of codes.
Botley allows children as young as age 5 to take their first step into coding. While the activities can be tailored to kids as young as 5, they can also be advanced for older kids, too. I really love that Botley is entirely screen-free and parent friendly! It teaches basic coding concepts, advanced coding concepts, critical thinking and spatial concepts. My daughter’s favorite thing to do was to write a basic code and then watch the robot GO!
There’s something so exciting about watching the robot follow a programming code that you created! By the way, Botley is ready to use right out of the box. Also, there are multiple secret, hidden features for your child to discover. So I see hours and hours of fun with this toy.
In addition to moving forward, moving backward, turning right, and turning left, you can also program the robot to perform object detection and do coding loops.
Black Line Following was another super fun activity. You can draw a black line in any shape or form and place the robot on top (in “LINE” mode). The robot will follow the line.
*Tip: Just make sure the line is thick enough and the black line is on white paper.
When we put Botley right on the floor, we were able to program him to perform longer, more complicated routines.
We really had a wonderful time exploring and playing with Botley. The manufacturer of Botley is Learning Resources, which is a global manufacturer of hands-on educational products.
Have you ever checked out Botley? Does your child have an interest in STEM subjects?