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Robots are going to rule the world one day right? In the meantime, kids age 8+ can get a head start witth the new Ozobot Bit. This little bot allows kids to learn programs and play them back as physical games using its custom block-based programming editor, OzoBlockly.

From Ozobot, “OzoBlockly will feel very intuitive to the users of Scratch, Hopscotch, App Inventor, Tynker or Tickle App. Block-based programming is a virtual version of brick building toys. Assemble bricks of commands to build a program. This simplified visual programming language enables children to learn programming while learning how to think creatively, reason logically and work collaboratively.”

OzoBlockly offers five modes from Novice with icon-based blocks to Master with loops, logic and other advanced programming concepts. Bit has something for everyone.

Some of the cool features included are:

• Program loading using light communication. No need for cables or Bluetooth – you can load your commands onto the robot through flashing lights!
• Built-in interactive reference guide, examples and challenges to get you started.
• JavaScript preview mode (coming soon). See your block-based program transform into JavaScript code.
• OzoBlockly works in most modern web browsers running on PCs, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux and iOS and Android tablets.

This is a great way to get kids learning about computer science and STEM at a young age in a fun, game-centered module they can control and visually operate.

Find out more over at Ozobot or purchase the Ozobot bit here.

(All images via Ozobot)

Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.