There is a wave of robotic toys on the market these days. We have already highlighted a number of them already. And this is a very good development for kids. These educational bots both entertain kids and expose them to the type of technology that they may very well be designing themselves in future years. Video games merely entertain – educational robots prepare them for the future.
The Ozobot 2.0 Bit is a handy little programmable robot that can keep your kids occupied for hours. Now first of all this device is a little on the small side – measuring in at just over an inch. But the point of this bot is not its size but its capabilities. You can program your Ozobot Bit to dance, race, and more. There is a corresponding app that lets you play in-app games, download activities from the Ozobot website, and create your own challenges and games.
One aspect that we find interesting is the various levels of programmability of this little device. Younger kids can create simpler activities using basic OzoCodes, and they can command their Ozobot to do numerous actions with names like Nitro Boost, Zig-Zag, and Tornado.
As children grow they can advance on to more advanced skills in which they can fully program the Ozobot using a visual editor. This is the real power of this toy – allowing kids to step beyond basic commands and activities and taking control with skills that they can master long before formal programming instruction in school. The results of their efforts play out in 3D in the real world, not the virtual world like an app or a computer screen. The Ozobot moves, races, and possibly crashes right in front of them.
The Ozobot 2.0 Bit is not very expensive, and for the potential it can offer your child we find it very attractive as an educational Robot, despite its small size. This device is recommended for ages 8 and up.