Educational toys have a special place on this website. Even though I’m definitely not pregnant and don’t plan to become pregnant any time soon, I have my fair share of experiences tutoring younger children. And I can only say that yes, I do prefer brighter children who are not simply obsessed with app games like Flappy Bird. What better to use to get children into more substantial games than educational toys that are colorful, fun, and never boring, unlike some of the puzzles and whatnot on the market. Today, we are bringing Algobrix to you as a LEGO blocks system that teaches children how to create codes and program robots to perform various tasks through trial and error.
As children, we’ve all played with the tried and true LEGO blocks that allow our imagination and creativity to develop and grow, and building on this, Algobrix allows you to use any existing LEGO pieces to work with its system. With the help of the function and sensor blocks, children can mix and match movement, lights, sound, and even pauses to chain together a piece of ‘code’ that controls their robot. It can be as simple as moving in a straight line while flashing lights for younger children, or as complex as building a ferris wheel that starts moving when certain blocks are moved.
To help children better understand what their code is actually doing, a light flashes in the function blocks as the robpt performs each function. Soo when there is an error and the light turns red, the child will know to do something about those specific blocks. And through trial and error, the will learn and develop a sense for coding and logic that will prove immensely helpful for their future. Of course, if you’re kids aren’t too keen on building their own codes, there are also activity cards and the activity board you can use to inspire them and get their imagination moving.
For those who are interested in buying this for the children in their lives, Algobrix is currently live on Kickstarter. Their Starter Kit that comes with an AlgoBuddy Robot (build it with 300 pieces of LEGO blocks and 2 motors), 20 activity cards, an activity board, 12 paraneter blocks, and 6 function blocks is priced at USD169, shipping February next year.
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