Episode 19: Merry Tech-Mas

On Episode 19, Adam Geisen and Mike Wielgus, Triad’s Instructional Technology coaches, chat with District Elementary Computer Science Teacher, Sarah Phelps, about some techy “learning toys” that would make excellent Christmas gifts this season.


Mrs. Sarah Phelps, previously taught 4th grade at Henning Elementary for eight years and currently teaches computer coding and programming to 4th and 5th graders district wide as well as STEM choice for Henning and Silver Creek. She is the IMSA coordinator for Henning, and hosts coding clubs each semester at the elementary schools. She loves science and technology!


Ozobot

Ozobot (Pre-K and up) is a little toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds — and teaches kids programming. Ozobot can identify lines, colors, and codes on both digital surfaces, such as an iPad, and physical surfaces, such as paper.  Ozobots can be used to teach programming and other areas such as math & science.

 

Price: $35 – $50
Available at Happy Up in Edwardsville, IL


Botley

Meet Botley, the code to fun! As the newest member of the Learning Resources family, Botley is here to introduce coding in an easy, friendly way. Children as young as 5 can learn to code with Botley, and with his advanced features, he’ll grow with them for many play filled years to come. Botley is ready to use right out of the box –  he’ll have kids coding in minutes. And that’s not all, Botley is 100% screen free and includes a 77-piece activity set  – the only robot to offer that!

Here are just some of the interactive, fun features Botley offers:

  • Detect objects – and moves around them!
  • Follow looping commands
  • Navigate obstacle courses
  • Follow black lines

Botley also has additional hidden features to unlock!

  • Your child will get to learn early STEM skills while playing and having fun. Botley teaches the basics of coding through active play, completely screen free. Perfect for promoting critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Completely screen free coding – no phone or tablet required. Botley has an easy-to-use remote programmer, which transmits your commands ¬– and off he’ll go!
  • Botley can detect objects and be programmed to go around objects with if/then logic. He can also follow looping commands, take on obstacle courses, follow black lines and has hidden features to unlock!
  • Botley’s 77-piece activity set comes with a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, 6 double-sided tiles, 27 obstacle building pieces and a starter guide with coding challenges
  • Age 5+
  • Grade K+

Available on Amazon currently for $52.46 (Regularly $79.99)


Jimu Robot: Overdrive Kit

Rumble, crush and plow into the new UBTECH JIMU Robot BuilderBots Series: Overdrive Kit. With this kit you can create buildable, codable robots like DozerBot and DirtBot or design your own JIMU Robot creation. The fun is extended with the Blockly coding platform, allowing kids ages 8 and up to build and code these robots to perform countless programs and tricks.   Download the FREE JIMU app that has step by step, 3D, 360° building instructions.

The kit includes:

  • 410 snap-together parts
  • 2 Smooth motion robotic servo motors
  • 2 DC motors
  • 1 Ultrasonic Sensor & RGB light
  • 1 Main control box
  • USB cable and quick start guide included
  • A compatible iOS or Android device is required

Build.Code.Create.

Construct DozerBot, DirtBot or design your own JIMU Robot creation

  • Learn to use Blockly coding to program your robot to navigate obstacles, carry objects, create color effects and more
  • Create entirely new, custom actions with the PRP (pose, record, play) function
  • No tools required – our 3D, 360° animated instruction in the free JIMU app walk users through the steps
  • Great for Ages 8 and up
  • The JIMU Robot Builderbot Series: Overdrive Kit is part of an Award-Winning interactive robotic building block system.

Critical recognition includes:

Parent’s Choice GOLD Award, Family Choice Award 2018, Tillywig 2018 Brain Child Award, Hot Diggity Awards Winner 2018

CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, Time to Play Magazine 2016 Holiday Most Wanted List, and IFA Awards 2015 Best of Show

Available at Sam’s Club in Glen Carbon, IL for $99 each.


Jimu Robot: UnicornBot Kit

This enchanted Mythical Series: UnicornBot kit has everything needed to create a buildable, codable Unicorn robot or even invent your own. The fun is extended with the Blockly coding platform, allowing kids to build and code this legendary creature. Download the FREE JIMU app for step-by-step, 3D, 360° instructions. Unicornbots are real — Build, Code and share one today!

The kit includes:

  • 440 snap-together parts + connectors and fasteners
  • 2 Smooth motion robotic servo motors
  • 1 DC Motor
  • 1 RGB light
  • 1 Color sensor
  • 1 Main control box
  • 8 Color cards
  • 1 USB cable and quick start guide included
  • A compatible iOS or Android device is required

Build.Code.Create.

Learn to use Blockly coding to program Unicornbot to control unicorn horn colors, sound effects, navigate obstacles, create emotions and more

  • Use Color cards and the Color sensor to code your legendary Unicorn
  • Create entirely new, custom actions for your Unicornbot with the PRP (pose, record, play) function
  • No tools required – our 3D, 360° animated instruction in the FREE JIMU app walk users through the building steps
  • Great for Ages 8 and up
  • The JIMU Robot Mythical Series: Unicornbot Kit is part of an Award-Winning interactive robotic building block system. Critical recognition includes:
  • Parent’s Choice GOLD Award, Family Choice Award 2018, Tillywig 2018 Brain Child Award, Hot Diggity Awards Winner 2018
  • CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree, Time to Play Magazine 2016 Holiday Most Wanted List, and IFA Awards 2015 Best of Show  

Available at Sam’s Club in Glen Carbon, IL for $99 each.


mBot

mBot is a STEAM education robot for beginners, that makes teaching and learning robot programming simple and fun. With just a screwdriver, the step by step instructions, and a study schedule, children can build a robot from scratch and experience the joys of hands-on creation. As they go, they will learn about a variety of robotic machinery and electronic parts, get to grips with the fundamentals of block-based programming, and develop their logical thinking and design skills.

From the outset mBot, with its big adorable eyes and cute smiley face, has enthralled more than 4.5 million children worldwide. mBot is an educational playmate for children learning to build and program, and an excellent educational aid for teachers in STEAM lessons. It is also a frequent heavyweight contender at large robot competitions, such as MakeX. mBot gets children to engage both their hands and their brain, encouraging them to exercise their interdisciplinary abilities while allowing them to experience the endless fun of creation at the same time.

Available on Amazon for $79.00 (Regularly $99.99)


Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

Build a wand that responds to your movements. Comes with wand parts, PCB with codeable LED, button, batteries, step-by-step book, stickers, poster, and free Kano app. Tablet not included.

Learn to code with 70+ step-by-step creative challenges. Make feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more.

Wave your wand and see instant effects on screen. Create with creatures, sweets, spells, 200+ exclusive sounds, music, and Wizarding artifacts.

Endless play with Kano world. Remix art, games, and music made by a creative community.

Works with most tablets and computers. No coding experience necessary. Includes Lifetime care and 1 year Warranty. Ages 6+.

Price: $99
Available at Happy Up in Edwardsville, IL


Bloxels

Bloxels is a  hands-on platform for kids to build, collaborate, and tell stories through video game creation. Students can use colored blocks to design their characters and settings to tell  their own amazing stories! The game board is scanned using the free iPad app to make the creation come to life! This engaging classroom tool is transforming learning off the paper and putting it in the hands of students. Imagine designing a scientific process, a historical location, or even a story about yourself! The possibilities are endless!

Price: $50
Available at Happy Up in Edwardsville, IL & Target


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