iRobot’s Root rt0 coding robot, which was first introduced back in the summer of 2020, is now officially available in Canada.
The Root rt0 coding robot, which has many of the same features and sensors as the original Root rt1, is designed for both kids and adults who are interested in learning to code. It includes lessons, projects, and activities for hands-on problem-solving, so you can do everything from compose music to create games. It has three levels of coding and works with the Root Coding web or mobile app.
“Coding has become a 21st century skill as fundamental to learning as reading, writing, and math,” says Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “Our vision is to provide a way for children of any skill-level, from pre-readers to experts, to learn to code. By offering two versions of Root – a lower-cost version for those seeking quality STEM robots at-home, and the original Root for more holistic in-classroom settings – iRobot can make learning to code more accessible to educators, students and parents.”
Like its predecessor, the Root rt1, the Root rt0 is a two-wheeled, mobile platform that operates on a flat surface. The robot comes to life by drawing, making music, and exploring its surroundings through coding commands given by the user in the companion iRobot Coding App. The three levels of coding language range from simple graphical blocks for young children to full-text coding for more advanced users. The auto-level converter instantly translates code from one learning level to another, making iRobot Coding easily approachable for beginners, while growing with coders as they gain experience, enabling them to seamlessly “level up” to more advanced programming.
A learning library is available on the iRobot Education website and the robot comes with hours of lessons, projects, and activities for both individual and group participation. There are games like “Guess the Picture” in which players are challenged to investigate pre-made programs, hypothesize what the code will create, and then be the first to guess the robot sketch in action. The Root rt0 is equipped with more than 20 sensors, giving it the ability to drive, draw, detect touch, light up, and play music.
iRobot also introduced the Root Brick Top accessory, which lets users turn the Root robot into a variety of objects, from a mobile catapult or robotic arm, glowing rocket ship, or roaming music DJ. The Root Brick Top connects to the Root robot by integrated magnets and is compatible with a variety of common building blocks. It is sold separately for US$20.
The iRobot Root® rt0 coding robot sell in Canada for $180. The iRobot Coding App is available for the iOS app, and web-based apps on Chrome OS, Windows, and macOS; and a new Android version of the iRobot Coding platform is now available for download through the Google Play Store.