Friday, September 1, 2017

Edison Robot 2.0


Wow! Mr. B has been loving the Edison Robot 2.0, part of the 4th grade curriculum kit from Timberdoodle. Mr. B is beyond 4th grade, but that doesn't matter when it comes to this fun and educational robot that is also Lego compatible.

This little robot is LITTLE! It can fit in the palm of your hand, making it a great gadget to take with you. You can fit 4 4x4 sized lego blocks across each side. It is slightly curved across the front, and the wheels allow for lego placement, as well!








This mini robot is perfect to use to teach robotics in a fun way. Edison Robot 2.0 comes pre-programmed to do a variety of tasks from the start. Mr. B loved watching it avoid obstacles! Your child progresses to programming the robot to do tasks on their own, and they can even use the TV Remote to control it! Mr. B is a huge fan of the remote, I guess that starts at a young age HAHA, so this part really tickles him!


The Packaging


Ok, the packaging is cute and clever. It's basically burrito'ed into the box. That's great because there's no wasted space. BUT, it's also a downer because you can't use the box for storage. There's no included directional booklet in the box. Instead, there are pictorial graphics on the outside of the box, and a curriculum set available from EdBlocks to download. The box also features an online "Meet Edison" that you can go to in order to learn how to use your new Edison 2.0.


EdBlocks is a full icon based language that was developed using free, open source base code from both MIT and Google. The lesson plans and activities systematically introduce your child to robotics and Edison, at the same time. EdBlocks is really cool! First, your Edison robot drives over barcodes that tell it what to do. These actions are already pre-programmed into the robot, so the barcode sort of activates it. I'm still trying to get my brain around that!  


After your child gets the hang of that, it's time for them to learn how to program Edison. EdBlocks is a simple, and easy to use program that utilizes a drag and drop feature that your child can easily do on their own. Mr. B had no problems at all following the guided directions. You can use virtually any device to program your Edison 2.0. There are a variety of activities that need 2 robots. We made do with only 1, but I'd love to get another to try out the other activities. 

Overall

Overall, we have both LOVED using the Edison Robot 2.0 mini robot! I've sat along side him and played, and learned a lot myself. EdBlocks really intrigues me. It's so easy to use! From a special needs standpoint, if your child has issues with fine motor control, or with using a computer mouse, you may have to help them drag and drop the icons in EdBlocks.

Mr. B's favorite activities so far have been leading Edison 2.0 using a flashlight, and trapping it by placing dark tape on a white surface. This little robot has brought us a bunch of laughs and giggles, and a whole lot of robotics learning power! I HIGHLY recommend it to others! 


If you'd like to purchase your own Edison Robot 2.0, visit Timberdoodle today! Edison Robot 2.0 currently retails for 39.95, and EdBlocks is free! 


Does the Edison Robot 2.0 Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?


1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
You'll want to work through the free lesson plans so you can get the most out of your Edison Robot 2.0. You are free to pick and choose, and we left out the activities that needed 2 robots. 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

There are NO hidden fees, unless you mean batteries. This does take 4 AAA batteries that are not included. You will also need a device to use for programming, but if you are reading this blog then you have that part covered HAHA!  This is part of Timberdoodle's 4th Grade Curriculum Kit, but Mr. B is into 7th grade now and he is still getting a lot of benefit and enjoyment from them. I'm an adult, and I LOVE IT! I think even mature 3rd graders could use this with ease. 


3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long? 

Definitely NOT boring! This has been a LOT of fun, and will continue to be a lot of fun! This is the kind of fun, hands on learning, that is ideal for ADHD kids, and high functioning autism. 


4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.


This is great for engineering and robotics studies, as well as programming. 



**I received this product free in exchange for my review. I wasn't required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own, or those of my family.**

4 comments:

  1. Great review! I especially appreciate your 4-ingredient test. That is so helpful. I can't wait to try out Edison with my kids!

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  2. My boys love robots and LEGOs, so they would probably enjoy this toy.

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