Although Sphero released its first rolling robot back in 2011, the company is perhaps best known for the BB-8 droid it released earlier. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hits theaters late 2015. More recently, the focus has been on helping kickstart the programmers and producers of tomorrow with a bunch of educational bots like Rvr and Bolt. Now, the ind robot becomes the company’s first robot geared towards early learners.
Like other educational toys, the ind robot car is designed to help develop problem-solving skills and encourage critical thinking, but this is the first vehicle specifically aimed at Grade 2 students. PK (others are designed for students in grades 3 through High School).
Instead of coding with a smartphone or tablet, the little ones are given different colored silicone pads, which are used to build mazes that serve as guides for the little car as it moves. . For example, the robot’s built-in color sensor will register a green box, and translate that as a move command. A red box means stop, pink means left turn car, blue color right, etc.
Learners can build their own driving course and learn things like color names, pattern recognition, cause and effect, the basics of computational thinking and problem solving while in the game. like exercises. And as they progress, they can mine app-based cryptography by dragging and dropping blocks on the tablet screen.
As you can see in the promotional video, the platform makes learning fun and engaging. Ind is available to pre-order right now – as a Student Kit or Classroom Pack.
The Student Kit, priced at $124.99, is designed for one to three learners and includes a car, a series of cells, programming challenges, and a durable carrying case for keep everything. as well as a guide for educators and costs $1,199.99. Sphero Edu Jr mobile app can be installed for free for more advanced learning fun. Sphero says that both kits will be ready to ship in September.
Product pages: Student Kits, Classroom Packages