For Ausinites who may not know, there is a GirlStart STEM Center @GirlStart in Austin to encourage young girls in the STEM areas of education. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We’ve taken several opportunities to take our oldest daughter, Brooke, to GirlStart activities including fairs such as GirlStart DeSTEMber. Brooke always has a blast learning different STEM activities and GirlStart makes it fun. At the last event, her absolute favorite activity was programming a mini-robot called an Ozobot. The Ozobot is a smart and social robot that inspires creativity. I had never heard of it before but to see the way Brooke loved learning how to control the robot through colors and patterns was awe-inspiring. When I asked her what she wanted for Christmas later that month, she included an Ozobot on the list. It’s a little pricey for a small robot, but absolutely worth it to inspire and educate girls in STEM activities, so I’m going to tell you all about it!
Ozobot is a tiny social little robot that children as young as six can program using colors. You can create your own games with Ozobot or print out some mazes from the Ozobot website. Just add the codes of color with the included handy-dandy markers to have your friendly little robot do some amazing tricks and skills. Brooke was so enamored with this little guy (or gal?) at one of the GirlStart fairs that she wanted to spend the rest of her time learning to code at that table. I immediately knew this was the STEM gift for children and helps foster a love of coding, technology, and, of course, ROBOTS! With fun bleeps and bloops, this mini-R2D2 seems lifelike and watching him spin or move blocks is always entertaining – for the entire family.
It’s Ms. “Ozo”!
- Power on app-enabled Evo and test out the bot’s surprising speed, insanely bright lights and quirky personality in remote control mode.
- Chat with friends and even send Ozojis—emoticons Evo acts out!
- Next, Evo goes way beyond pure entertainment…
START WITH COLORS
Pull out the markers and unleash your inner Picasso. Use Evo’s universal color language to make the bot speed up, spin and more in response. That’s right—you’re controlling Evo with colors!
BUILD WITH BLOCKS
With OzoBlockly, drag and drop blocks of code to take full control of Evo’s features. You can even create custom Ozojis, to make your “OMG” different from everyone else’s.
CREATE YOUR WORLD
Once you’ve mastered color codes and blocks, the rest is up to you. Make an epic racetrack and challenge friends, or create an elaborate Ozobot cityscape. Visit ozobot.com anytime for fresh ideas and activities.
- Color and Line Detection
- Proximity Sensing
- App-Enabled (iOS and Android compatible)
- OzoChat worldwide messaging (gated chat for ages 12 and under)
- Remote Control mode
- Expressive sounds and LED lights
- Character and Content downloads
- OzoBlockly-Enabled for introductory to advanced programming
- Compatible with Marvel’s The Avengers Action Skins (sold separately)
- For Ages 8+
- 60+ Minute Playtime
In the box: 1 Ozobot Evo, Crystal White (1.25 inches), 1 Playfield, 1 OzoSkin, 4 Color Code Markers, 1 Carrying Pouch, 1 USB charging cable
List Price: $ 99.00