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If you have kids or grandkids in school, you have probably heard the latest buzzword… STEM. It is aimed at educating students in four specific areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in a way that combines them. The goal is to prepare children for a future in the most up-and-coming careers. As with any style of education, beginning the principles at an early age… and presenting them in a fun way… is the key to success. The Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set from Learning Resources is a great place to start! 😉

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My first impressions first. 🙂 The overall design is eye-catching, bright, and fun with a cute mouse that just begs you to play with it. The pieces are all large enough for smaller hands to maneuver easily. The coding cards and activity cards are very sturdy. The cheese, mouse, and board pieces are all surprisingly hefty. It’s definitely built to withstand the play styles of its intended audience.

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There are some basic directions, but there was also a bit of problem-solving built right from the start. We went through and learned what each button did and to see what the mouse would do in response. It took a few tries for Xander to realize that he had to program in a forward motion after each turn. The activity cards are a great idea because they allow you to have a visual to follow as you code the mouse. (You can code up to 40 steps!) It was fun programming “actions” within the sequence too. This would make the mouse squeak and dance a bit at certain stops. The best is the happy squeaking noise when he finds the cheese. 🙂

We are still working only with basic square mazes as Xander builds his skills in problem-solving, but there are infinite possibilities and variations available. You needn’t be restricted to the square… or the board, for that matter! They also include walls and tunnels to add more variation and challenges.

We did have a little trouble sometimes with the mouse. Even on the board, he didn’t always want to stay going straight when he was supposed to. Having walls and barriers did help, but there were times he angled himself right off the playing field. It was only a minor irritation on the easy mazes we were doing but could be more annoying on more complicated arrangements.

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If you want to help give your kids a head start, #LearningResources and toys like the Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set are a great place to start! The toys are a great balance of fun and educational. I highly recommend adding the Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set to your Sanat list this year!

Pros: Simple concept with numerous challenging variations.Teaches problem-solving and basic programming skills. Fun for kids (and adults) both on the board and off. Can be made multi-player.

Cons: Mouse didn’t always stay on a straight course.

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The race is on to build hands-on coding skills with the Learning Resources Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set! Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing. Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse, sold separately. ($59.99)

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