When you think of robots, what comes to mind? For those who are older, you might picture the robot on “Lost in Space.” For younger audiences, it may be the Transformers. Whatever pops into your mind, it’s a good bet that it’s not a one-inch robot that you can carry in your hand. As digital technology continues to evolve, so do our toys, our use of that technology and our education in the field. Meet OzobotEvo, the new mini-robot that touches each of those areas and makes learning fun. Evo is the latest product from Evollve, makers of the Ozobot Bit.
It’s shaped like a football helmet, minus the face guard, and stands at just over an inch in height, easily fitting into a child’s palm. The company’s goal is to enable children, beginning around age 8, and older users as well, to become more comfortable with robotics and digital technology through social interaction and games. The bot is accessible to schools and families throughout the world.
Another goal of the Ozobot experience is to teach users about simple coding and walk them into a bigger learning experience, in which they will undertake simple programming tasks. Those tasks provide another step to learning and using more advanced programming. In today’s wireless world, it is a necessary skill to understand and work with digital technology.
How Evo Works
In classroom settings, the bot presents simple coding and STEM skills. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (another acronym, STEAM, includes art as a learning category). Users can draw lines and watch Evo follow a specific color, which gives them a very simple taste of how the bot processes commands. Users can control its lights, sounds and movements from smart devices through use of color-code commands or let the bot act on its own.
At home, Evo offers games and other pursuits that the family can do together, including programming projects and downloadable activities. The company vision is to offer activities and gaming to users of all ages that will help them learn about and interact with digital technology, as well as enable them to move from using technology to being involved in creating it.
Robots Have Variety of Uses
Toy robots for kidscan be used as tools to help us complete tasks and achieve things. They can be used to explore places we can’t go, like beneath the ocean and to other planets. Factories can use them to help build cars and electronics. Robotics is now used in national defense, hospitals, in transportation and more. Robotics helps make people’s lives better. It also shows how important it is to learn all you can about science, technology, engineering and math while you are in school.
Whether it’s used in the classroom or at home in a family setting, the bot combines entertainment and education in a way that feels natural and is fun for everyone. Ozobot aims to “inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators,” and hopes Evo will do that. For more information, visit the company website at ozobot.com.