Code & Go Robot Mouse is a STEM based learning game. Okay, if you are like me you don’t know what STEM stands for. It is science, technology, engineering and math. Sometimes you will see an A like STEAM, in that case the A is for arts.
The kit comes with cards to help the child initially create paths for the mouse to travel and find the cheese.
The grid consists of a series of squares that latch together. Two sides have out latches and two sides have openings to connect the gird together.
Once the grid is set up, it is time to start building a maze. The maze walls slide in really easily.
The cards give your child an idea of how to set up the game. In time, your child will start building and creating on their own.
The buttons on the mouse control what he will do on the grid. Each time you press the button it programs his action for one square. The goal is to program the mouse to find the cheese.
The mouse does require 3 AAA batteries that are not included.
This process teaches kids as young as 5 the essentials they need for coding success. They learn problem-solving skills, develop critical and analytical thinking, practice if-then and cause-and-effect logic, and spacial concepts. They also get practice in making mistakes, and then using strategic thinking to figure out how to correct them. In the long run, all of those combine not only build STEM skills, but also confidence. – The Toy Insider
One of the best parts is the child can be successful without an adult intervening. The path cards and the coding cards are all done with simple images that even non-readers can understand.
My granddaughter quickly figured out that the mouses nose is a magnet. When he reaches the cheese the cheese and the mouse pull together. After he would connect to the cheese, she would pull the mouse backwards to make him drag the cheese.
When he reaches the cheese his eyes flash and he makes a cute sound to celebrate.
As you can tell, my granddaughter and her friends had a good time playing with the Code & Go Robot Mouse. There is an optional second mouse that you can purchase so more children can play at the same time.
I found the video below on YouTube showing the game in action.