Botley the Coding Robot Review (Learning Resources)

Botley the Coding Robot
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What It Is

Botley will go wherever you tell him to. That's because he's Botley the Coding Robot, and by using a remote programmer, kids can transmit directions to Botley to make him do different moves. 

The remote has basic buttons for telling Botley to go forward, backward, left, and right. Press the transmit button once you've given Botley all the steps you want him to complete, and then watch as Botley executes your program.

There is also a Loop button to easily make Botley repeat a sequence, an Object Detection button to help Botley perform an alternate sequence if he runs into an obstacle, and a Clear button to delete all programmed steps and start a new program.

The 40 coding cards can help you keep track of the steps in your code, especially if you're programming an especially long sequence of steps for Botley.

You can also make Botley follow a black line by switching the robot to Line mode and setting up the six included boards with the black line sides facing up. Or draw your own path for Botley to follow using a white piece of paper and a thick black marker.

The other side of the boards can help you in the included coding challenges. There are 10 challenges in the instruction booklet ranging in difficulty from easy to hard, and some of them also involve the use of the two detachable robot arms so that Botley can move the included balls and blocks.

Is It Fun?

There are many different ways for kids to play with Botley, and they don't need a smart device or app to do it. This is screen-free play that introduces kids to the concept of coding through a cute little robot and easy-to-use remote control. 

Who It’s For

Botley the Coding Robot is for ages 5 and up. This will be a fun, hands-on way to introduce young kids to coding, however, it might be more fun for slightly older kids. Adults will have to be the ones who read through all of the instructions and demonstrate how to use the toy for the youngest kids.

What To Be Aware Of

The kit comes with Botley the robot, a remote programmer, detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, six boards, eight sticks, 12 cubes, two cones, two flags, two balls, a goal, and stickers. 

Botley requires three AAA batteries, and the remote requires two AAA batteries. Batteries are not included.

When we tested drawing our own black line for Botley to follow, Botley did not follow the line. According to the instructions, the line has to be a specific width, and this could be frustrating for kids to get it just right. Botley followed the pre-printed black line on the included cards just fine.

Botley has three sound settings: off, low, and high.

Botley works best on hard surfaces.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy


    5 AAA batteries required