In this review, Cheryl from Christ Centered Gamer checked out the KIBO 21 Robot Kit (one of 4 KIBO Kit models). Her findings: “The KIBO Robotic kits are great for educational and homeschooling environments…it can teach some great programming logic to future coders. I think this product can be enjoyed by children beyond seven years of age. So if you do purchase it, the KIBO should provide many hours, if not years of educational fun.”
Snippets of the review include:
“There are a few KIBO robot kits available and they are intended for children between the ages of 4-7. With that said, my 11-year-old son enjoyed playing with this kit, so I believe that you can get even more life out of it than originally intended.
Though he enjoyed programming the robot to draw things with markers, my son’s favorite feature was the catapult. He programmed KIBO to fire the catapult multiple times (usually at our cats) upon hearing a clapping noise.
Programming the KIBO is done by scanning the blocks and parameter cards to accomplish the desired effect. So for the catapult example, my son would scan the Begin block, then a Repeat Forever block, then a Wait For Clap block, then a Throw block, then an End Repeat block, and finally, an End block. There are also blocks that have the KIBO sing, dance, and turn on different colored lights. My son expounded on his previous program by having the KIBO turn on a light before it was about to release the catapult.
See the full review and video of the unboxing.