Yes! I found another fantastic robot for kids ages 5 and up. It’s still a Kickstarter project, but I glow inside of excitement when I see this.
It already made onto my wishlist! [update 31 oktober] I’ve ordered the Robo Wunderkind pro kit. I expect it to arrive May 2017! WOOP! [update 17 November 2017] Robot Wunderkind has sadly delayed again. It’s expected halfway in 2018. I really like Robo but because if this delay I had to cancel my order because I need the money to invest in The Robotvilla kids studio on wheels. Maybe, when Robo is available, I’ll reconsider buying it.
What is Robo Wunderkind
Meet Robo Wunderkind, a modular robot consisting of “robo cubes”, wheels and all sorts of cool sensors like proximity, light and even a weather sensor (advance kit). They made it easy to program and control with a tablet or smartphone. I haven’t tested it out yet, out but it sure looks easy. The creators of Robo also provide enough ideas to start with like: Solve mazes, program your robot to guard your room or surprise your parents with a weather forecast!
I think Robo Wunderkind is an excellent concept because kids aren’t aware they are training important skills, like creative and computational thinking. They’re just enjoying themselves and playing by themselves (autonomous play) or with others (social skills) to achieve goals. Not every kid will grow up to be a coding expert, and a good thing because that’s not the point of learning these skills. The point is that they will grasp the idea behind the technology. They’ll learn that not everything in life comes assembled and ready to use. They will have the option to create something themselves. And that is a very powerful and important skill.
My ultimate goal
I’m checking my budget for this one, [update 31 October 2016] Hurray! I bought the Robo Wunderkind Pro kit because I want to give my kids and others the opportunity to play with it as well. My ultimate goal is to go to elementary schools and be the “Robo-mom” that gets invited into the classroom to let the kids play with cool educational toys like Robo. (By the way: Robo Wunderkind even developed a curriculum for elementary schools, how convenient!)
Hand in the air if your kids 😉 would like to play with Robo! Let me know in the comments below!
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