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“Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” 20 years have passed since Steve Jobs said those words, in an interview unearthed and released two years after his death. At Code.org, no one is too young (or old, I might add) to code. You can learn how to build an iPhone game, write your first computer program, draw in JavaScript and much more. STEM learning is the way for the future of our kids and the world they will live in.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and STEM products encourage kids to develop core skills in these areas. Best Buy carries products from basic learning games to advanced toys designed to stimulate a child’s mind in the STEM areas, helping to develop logic and problem solving skills.

The Ozobot Bit Starter Pack from Best Buy is rated for ages 6+ and is sold for $59.99. It is easy to introduce your child to coding with this Ozobot 2.0 Bit starter pack. Using the included markers and paper, children draw colorful designs that Bit’s optical sensors read as movement commands. Ozobot is unique in that the initial learning is understanding that colors can dictate action, which leads to cause/effect building blocks for future programming. While over 20 activities are included with this Ozobot 2.0 Bit starter pack, more are downloadable from the Ozobot app for even more fun.

Download the Ozobot Dash Race and let your Ozobot race. With eight ultra-dense lanes featuring three starting and finish lines per player, this straight-to-the point racing strip is a great choice for quick action. Use the lane colors to gamble in single player mode or to double your score in two-player challenge.

OzoTracker: For the best gaming experience, the web games can be scaled to your tablet’s screen size. OzoTracker lets you save your device’s display size in a one-step operation, making games automatically adjust to your screen. Ozobot transforms into a smart game piece that plays right on top of your tablet or smart phone.

OzoBlocky lets you Draw and play. You can control Ozobot with color markers by drawing lines and codes for it to explore. Connecting to the tiny robot like a new friend, kids of all ages will mold their own state of play, one line at a time.

Begin by learning Ozobot’s simple color language as you draw mazes, paths, intersections and create entire worlds to explore puzzling playgrounds, fast tracks and intricate labyrinths.

 

 

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