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Code & Go Robot Mouse

Lower Age: 5+
Website: https://www.learningresources.com/product/learning+essentials--8482-+stem+robot+mouse+coding+activity+set.do
Price: $59.99
Year Added: 2016
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Code & Go Robot Mouse is a unique game that teaches the basics of coding to younger children in a fun, interactive process. Along with the 16 interlocking grid pieces that create a 20" x 20" maze board, the game includes 30 double sided coding cards, 22 maze walls, 3 tunnels, 10 double sided activity cards, a robotic mouse, a cheese wedge, and an activity guide. The goal of the game is to follow the guide to create one of the given mazes on the board and then program the mouse to navigate the maze to the cheese wedge. The bright colors, light-up mouse, and sound effects make the game entertaining for all ages. This game promotes engineering thinking and design by encouraging problem solving and introducing the basics of computational thinking. Players build the maze and then have to think critically to develop the best path to send the mouse through.. Along with deciding on the best path through the maze, users must learn how to accurately program the robotic mouse to enact their plan. Within the fun context of helping the mouse get it’s cheese, Code & Go Robot Mouse offers a great way to introduce children to coding basics. The double-sided coding cards support the growth of computational thinking by giving children a means to plan out the mouse’s path before they program the solution.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Make observations, generate ideas, plan the solution, try the solution, test the solution, analyze the solution, redesign the solution, make improvements to the solution, recognize patterns, logic, create the prototype or process, define a problem, ask questions, communicate the solution, apply mathematics, apply science

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift:

A problem, criteria, constraints, a user

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift:

Spatial reasoning, computational thinking, creative thinking, programming, coding, critical thinking, evidence based reasoning, problem solving, working in a team

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews

    • Rating: 4.75

    • Feedback: “I want to play this again. I love it!” “I liked moving the mouse around to get the cheese.” “It was like a maze.” “It was fun to watch the mouse go.”

  • Parents Reviews:

    • Rating: 4.5

    • Feedback: “It was fun to try to get to the cheese.” “I like it all!” “Well designed to promote thinking.”

  • Adults with engineering & STEM Expertise Reviews

    • Rating: 4.67

    • Feedback: “It trains kids on abstract thinking because they cannot visualize the steps beforehand.” “It encourages users to solve problems using algorithmic thinking, which is a characteristic of computer engineering.”