Ozobot is a miniature robot, which, however, can do a lot. The main “hype” around him arose from the way the robot is controlled: the child simply draws lines in different directions, and the robot walks along them. And, nevertheless, everything is not so simple and one-sided. I will briefly talk about it.
The Ozobot robot is presented in two versions: Bit and Evo.
The second version (Evo) is more advanced in terms of performance (there is a soundtrack here) and control capabilities (there is Bluetooth here, so you can “steer” the robot using your smartphone).
However, the control function from a smartphone in relation to this gadget is completely uninteresting: the main feature of Ozobots is that they can walk along the lines of the marker.
We will talk about the younger model — Ozobot Bit. This is a compact, one might even say, miniature bot, the size of which is slightly larger than a penny:
Below — there are just photosensors that are responsible for recognizing the colors and lines along which the robot moves. He does it with wheels.
Here, on the side, you can see the only control button that turns the Bit on and off, and also enters it by holding it into the calibration mode.
The robot is made of transparent plastic, which should probably interest the child: scarves and diodes turn the Ozobot model into miniature aliens!
On the back of the Ozobot there is a charging connector.
In fact, Ozobot can be “dressed up”. The Bit robot comes with a whole set for customization: in addition to two silicone cases.
There are quite a few tools made of cardboard and stickers: hats, ears, eyes, and so on and so forth.
It’s both funny and useful. For example, in videos on Youtube, Ozobot is presented as a tool for playing together, and if there are a lot of robots on the playground, then not to lose yours is the only chance by dressing up the device.
The complete set of Ozobot Bit is quite rich: these are numerous educational materials, logical and creative tasks, stickers with color codes, markers. All this can be used both for training and for playing with Ozobot.
Chip with markers
The robot must walk along the lines, and they can be drawn in any color — the task of Ozobot is to distinguish between these colors and change the diode signal depending on which color line it is currently moving along.
The lines must be drawn according to a specific example, however, all this information is kindly attached with the robot. The second purpose of the markers is to create color codes for the robot. Ozobot is programmed for certain actions: turns, zigzags, etc., and in order to call them, you need to give him a signal.
Similar stickers are already attached to the accompanying Ozobot Bit materials so that you can practice using them on printed worksheets:
But for more complex individual scenarios, you just need markers. Moreover, not necessarily complete — there are no tricks here. Children have a great opportunity to create always different individual scenarios of the game.
Moreover, you can control the robot and change the rules right on the go!
PC and Applications
The absence of Bluetooth does not mean the absence of the ability to work with mobile devices: in the application, the child is waiting for a playground.
Several games for luck. According to the plot of each of them, Bit is installed on the field and, by clicking on the start, it must randomly choose which of the players it will go to.
Disco game and logic game. According to the plot of the last Bit, you need to take it out of the maze by substituting squares with turn lines for it.
A special site for programming — “Ozoblokli” — is also of value. Here, the robot will have to create algorithms that it will then execute.
The work consists of several stages: first, you need to create an algorithm. To do this, first you need to select the desired robot from the top left:
The next step is to create and group commands for Bit. In total there are five levels from simple to complex, on each of which movements for the robot can be set differently.
For each item, task, action, you can open hints on the right.
After everything is programmed, the task must be transferred to Bit. It also happens in a rather curious way.
To get started, the robot needs to call the Flashing menu and calibrate the Bit:
- Press and hold the button until the light signal
- Bring to a special field on the screen
- Wait for the green signal that the calibration is complete
After that, the robot will need to be turned on again by pressing the button once, and then pressing “Load Bit” without removing the robot from the display. If the process is correct, the robot will flash green. With a red signal on Bit, you have to redo everything.
In order for the robot to reproduce the downloaded actions, it will be necessary to quickly press the power button twice.
Ozobot Bit — what is the result?
Both me and the children found the Ozobot Bit robot to be funny, and the impressions from the test remained positive. Hand on heart, to say that we were reluctant to perform complex tasks with him, such as programming, coding, and to the extent that. Working with the application in its logical part is quite justified.
But what really evokes childlike emotions is the chaotic process of drawing and watching the robot follow its intended path, constantly changing tasks and setting new requirements. The sheets were exhausted, to put it mildly, fairly. The beauty of the toy is that it is always different, always unique and unpredictable.