Back in October we visited the Bournemouth BFX Festival which is a week-long event designed to celebrate visual effects, animation and games to inspire the next generation of talent and share the latest knowledge.
As part of the festival, they held a family weekend event, which had things for all ages to enjoy, including talks and presentations, animation and coding workshops, the chance to try out the latest technology and even act against a green screen.
Being a bit older, Isaac and Eliza really enjoyed the coding workshops, but Sebby could try his hand at coding too, with Botley – The Coding Robot from Learning Resources.
I have seen a big push in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) toys in recent years and learning to code is a way of life for our primary school age children these days.
The problem with some coding toys is that they require screentime, which is something that we actively try and discourage, but Botley is 100% screen-free and the ideal introduction to coding.
This comprehensive kit provides you with countless ways to program and use this coding robot; no smartphone or tablets required!
Botley the Coding Robot set includes:
- Easy-to-use Remote
- Detachable robot arms
- 40 coding cards
- 6 boards
- a sheet of stickers for customisation
- a variety of accessories to create obstacles and activities – 8 sticks, 12 cubes, two cones, two flags, two balls and a goal.
You will need:
5 x AAA Batteries (2 for the remote and 3 for Botley)
What does Botley do?
Does your child like telling you what to do?
Well, Botley is designed to do as he is told, using basic coding tools, which helps build and develop your children’s critical thinking, spacial awareness and problem solving skills.
Tell Botley to move forward, turn left or right, reverse, detect and avoid objects, make a sound and loop (to repeat a sequence or step). In fact, Botley can handle up to an incredible 80 commands/steps per sequence.
Eliza happily got to work, decorating the set with the stickers, before trying out some simple coding, to get Botley to work its way around the jigsaw. It was trial and error at first, but the delight on her face when she managed to program the robot to get to its final destination was a picture.
You can use the jigsaw to help learn the basics, flip it over to make Botley follow the lines and extend the route by drawing your own map or just program Botley to run on the floor, using the accessories as obstacles, or goals.
Botley can even do his very own tricks too!!
Botley the Robot is available direct from Learning Resources and from all good toyshops with an RRP of £79.00