Ozobot - Robotics and Coding
If you are looking for a fun and simple way to introduce activities for children and teens about robotics and coding in your library, why not use an Ozobot?
This Ozobot Infosheet (PDF 276.2 KB) provides details of how Ozobots are being used in public libraries across the state.
Ozobots are simple enough to either let users have a go on their own with paper and markers, or you can hold structured workshops where you can teach coding on paper or tablets (such as iPads). With Ozobot Bit (version 2.0) you can use OzoBlockly editor on a tablet or computer to program the Ozobot Bit to move.
What are Ozobots?
Ozobots are miniature robots (small enough to fit on a fifty cent coin) designed for children of all ages to learn basic coding in a fun and easy way. They follow lines on paper and detect codes based on colour. Ozobots can also read and follow code from digital screens (tablets). Ozobots can be easily re-charged via USB.
How do I use an Ozobot?
You will need:
- At least one Ozobot (1.0) or Ozobot Bit (2.0)
- Plain white paper of any size
- Thick red, green, blue and black markers (Sharpies wide "chisel tip" or Crayola markers work best)
- The colour code reference guide (PDF 439 KB) - printed in colour and laminated.
Ozobots follow any thick line that you draw using a marker. Using Ozobot colour codes as shown on the colour code reference guide (PDF 439 KB), you can program the robot to move in a variety of ways such as turn right, left, do a U-turn, speed up or slow down.
To get started and see the Ozobot in action, watch the following video and download the 5 Minute Introduction to Ozobot workshop guide (PDF 196 KB).
How to use Ozobot - Part 1
Video length: 1 minute 52 seconds
More "How to" videos are available on YouTube.
Other useful resources include:
- Ozobot Poster (PDF 2.3 MB) that provides a basic overview of Ozobots.
- Getting Started Guide (PDF 807 KB) for instructions for first time users.
- Self-help guide (PDF 460 KB) for what to do if Ozobot isn't behaving the way you think it should.
- Ozobot tips (PDF 142 KB) on calibrating, drawing lines and codes, and using flash codes.
- Frequently Asked Questions to help answer your questions.
- Lessons and other educational material for more serious learning, including on tablets.
As you master using Ozobots on paper, you can advance to using fun Ozobot apps like OzoDraw and OzoGroove (download for free through your device's app store).
You can use books, paper clips, pens or anything else lying around a library as obstacles to move your Ozobot around. Get creative and have Ozobot races, draw a map of the local area around your library to help Ozobot find its way to the library, or create a colourful maze for many Ozobots to navigate at the same time. We recommend one Ozobot for up to 4 participants.
More useful resources to spark your creativity include:
- Navigate Ozobot around a river workshop guide (PDF 446 KB)
- Run workshops (PDF 4.8 MB) in libraries that combine human movement activities (for example move 1 step forward, turn right) to teach coding, followed by using similar instructions on Ozobots.
- An Ozobot Game zone where you can print out games to play and see how others are using Ozobots around the world.
We are excited to see what you come up with!
Please share your creations - contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the difference between an Ozobot and an Ozobot Bit?
Ozobot 1.0 is a tiny robot that follows lines and reads colour on paper and on digital screens. It can be programmed to move on OzoDraw or OzoGroove apps. Ozobot Bit 2.0 is the second version which does everything Ozobot 1.0 does, plus it also works with OzoBlockly. OzoBlockly is a block-based editor that is used to program the Ozobot Bit to move. OzoBlockly offers 5 skill levels, from Novice to Master.
How do I use OzoBlockly?
Watch this tutorial to learn how to program the Ozobot Bit robot using the OzoBlockly editor. Learn how to create a block-based program and load it into Ozobot Bit.
Introduction to OzoBlockly
Video length: 2 minutes
OzoBlockly Instructions (PDF 147 KB) guide your first time use of the OzoBlockly editor and provide links to games and activities.
How can I get an Ozobot kit?
You can order Ozobots online through www.edtechs.com.au or State Library of Queensland has one Ozobot 1.0 kit and two Ozobot Bit kits (each contain 4 robots) available for loan. To request a kit search the RLQ online catalogue for “Ozobot” and use your library membership login to reserve. For information contact email@example.com