Coding & Robotics
Meet Sammy. This cute little peanut butter and jelly sandwich is actually a robot that teaches coding principles and skills to children in grades K-2. You don’t need a tablet, smartphone, or computer to program this robot; programs are created by simply laying down a sequence of physical code cards. As the robot drives over the code cards, an OID optical scanner on the bottom of the robot reads the code cards one by one and loads the program. Next, place the robot on a grid made of map cards, and the robot runs the program. You can program the robot to move in different directions, activate its output gear, light up its LED, play sounds, and respond to different function cards. The integrated output gear makes it possible to build simple robotic creations with arms or other moving parts that respond according to the program’s instructions.
This robot kit also teaches physical engineering and problem solving skills through a series of building and coding lessons. The 30 lessons are aligned with standards for computer science education developed by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the International Society for Technology (ISTE) Education, as well as courses from Code.org. The lessons progress in complexity through the illustrated manual, allowing the kit to be appropriate for a child as young as four years with help from an adult and as old as eight years. The lessons cover these six key areas in coding: sequencing, loops, events, conditionals, functions, and variables.
In addition to Sammy, there are five other stories, each with a series of model-building and coding challenges and lessons related to it: a mouse moves through a maze to find cheese; a penguin wanders around a zoo; a soccer player moves a ball into the goal; a fire truck puts out a fire; and a factory robot performs tasks in a factory scene. A full-color illustrated manual guides users through the coding lessons and the assembly of the different models.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Coding & Robotics: Challenge Pack 1
This is an ADD-ON pack for our Kids First Coding & Robotics kit, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner.
Add more robotic creations to Sammy’s world! This "challenge pack" introduces eight new mechanical robots and devices with engineering challenges to perform with each one. These new models, including a bulldozer, scissor lift, plow, and hammer, offer up new stories and scenarios for you to apply your growing coding knowledge to: Can you build a catapult to shoot a ball into a basket? Can your forklift robot retrieve an object? Can your robotic claw extend and grip something just out of reach?
The Challenge Pack 1 includes all the pieces needed to build the new models. The robotic base unit, code cards, and map cards from Kids First Coding & Robotics are also required.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD — Small parts. Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.