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Ozobot

Ozobot

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. The robots follow lines on paper or digital screens, and detect codes based on colour.

Three versions of Ozobot are currently available. Ozobot 1.0 can be used on paper and on digital screens with OzoDraw and OzoGroove apps. Ozobot Bit 2.0 does everything Ozobot 1.0 does, plus it also works with OzoBlockly, a web based platform giving you the power to fully control the robot’s movement and behaviour. Ozobot Evo takes a step further with sensors to interact with its environment, lights, a speaker and social capabilities.

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.

As you master using Ozobots on paper, you can advance to using fun Ozobot apps, including OzoDraw and OzoGroove (download for free through your device's app store), as well as the OzoBlockly web platform.

Watch this tutorial to learn how to program the Ozobot Bit robot using the OzoBlockly editor.

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.

Other useful resources include:

Be creative

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.

This Ozobot Infosheet  (PDF 276.2 KB) provides details of how Ozobots are being used in public libraries across the state.

More useful resources to spark your creativity include:

Please share your creations with us at regionalpartnerships@slq.qld.gov.au

How can I get an Ozobot kit?

Current suppliers in Queensland include Education Technology Specialists, or visit the Ozobot website for a list of retailers.

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 pld@slq.qld.gov.au

Last updated
16th September 2016