What is it
Botley™ the coding robot provides hands-on exposure to fundamental coding concepts in a fun way that helps kids learn through play. Botley is 100-percent screen free and does not require the use of a smartphone or tablet.
Bright eyed Botley navigates hands-on coding challenges with advanced obstacle detection, looping commands, and if/then programming logic. It’s possible to programme up to 80 steps or turn on black line following mode and draw a path for Botley to travel.
What our team of testers said
"How can Botley see the things in his way?" - Boy aged 8
"I get this now; you have to concentrate to get it right!" - Boy aged 6
- Develops children's knowledge in basic coding and logic
- Promotes skills in following instructions, concentration and attention
- Teaches children to evaluate their learning and build on it
What our experts think
Botley introduces children to coding in a fun way – a real favourite with our testers. They loved the concept of a robot and were eager to get programming! They needed some help initially to understand the commands but once they had read or listened to the instructions, they were well on their way. The younger children engaged in simple programmes – one group enjoyed programming Botley to move from one child to another (they were sat in a circle). This teaches cause and effect and logical thinking skills which are ideal as a basis for important STEM learning. The older children used more advanced codes and managed to get Botley to avoid objects – lots of trial and error learning occurred as children adapted their codes, which promotes key concepts of problem solving and strategy which is a great complement to the science and technology curriculum.
The children showed a high level of engagement and determination when coding the robot – they did not want to give up, demonstrating perseverance. The option to build upon simple codes and functions and two levels of difficulty provides opportunities for children to progress their knowledge and develop their understanding. We also observed some excellent teamwork and enjoyed seeing the children discuss their successes and failures, building on them in their future codes. This promotes communication, collaboration and sharing of ideas, tools that are key for success in a STEM learning environment.
- RRP: £79.00
- Brands: Learning Resources
- Dimensions: Botley measures 13cm W x 7cm H x 8.5cm D
- Battery Operated
- Toy Types: .Toys
Electronic & app toys
- Types of skills developed: Coding
Information & communication Technology (ICT)
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Memory, concentration & attention
Personal, social & emotional development
Teamwork, turn taking & sharing
Trial and error learning
Understanding the world