Botzees now at the Apple Store

Shopping online is fantastic, and a great way to make an informed purchase. But sometimes, you want to see the item in person. Touch the box, see how big the item is in “real life”, look at a sample on display – it’s a fun experience. Great news! You can now pick up Botzees at your nearest Apple Store, or on the Apple Store website. Click here to find your nearest Apple Store location or click here to see Botzees on the Apple Store website.

Check out Botzees in person at your nearest Apple Store. Take a selfie with your box and tag us on Instagram @paitechnology!

Learn more about Botzees below 👇

BOTZEES

Botzees is a new coding robotics kit for kids ages 4 and up, that combines creativity, construction, and coding. Kids can program and code 6 different pre-designed Botzees or create their own! Botzees can be taught to move, drum, dance, make sounds, and light up using the free app. 130 uniquely shaped, easy-to-grip blocks with rounded edges will inspire kids’ imagination with tactile, tangible hands-on learning. And then the 30 interactive Augmented Reality puzzles teach even more coding concepts with visual cues.

What Parents (and kids!) Really Think About Botzees

Botzees are being met with a resounding double thumbs up from parents and kids alike! Kids are learning coding, programming and construction concepts with this cute and creative STEM toy. But don’t take our word for it — take a look at what parents really think about Botzees.

It’s Summer and I have all three of my boys at home during the day 😬 Every day. And we were in desperate need of some fun at-home activities! #brandpartner The new @paitechnology Botzees arrived just in time! My boys can’t wait to open it up and try it out. The second my 8 year old pulled it out of the box he said “SO COOL! I really want to play with this!” We love STEM toys at the Schwanke house, and STEM robots?! That’s a total WIN. – Kate Schwanke
…Build button is what you click on to select what you want to build and they give step by step instructions. Code button has a lot to it to select from you drag the selections into a bar like puzzle pieces then hit play and your Botzees will do what was coded – really cool feature. Control button is very similar to like a remote car you get arrow buttons to control where you want your Botzees to go. – @iheartblindbagswithmarissa

Botzees are available now on Amazon for $99.99 plus free shipping with a Prime membership.

Thank you @paitechnology for our Botzees to help us fight the “summer slide” as we creatively build and code!☀️🤖 #ad it is the WINNER of the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, by the way! 🏆 You can make your own Botzee from the 6 that they have detailed instructions for on how to build, or you can create your own.  @cathleentoysreview
  • Create, Program and Play with Botzees, an Augmented Reality robotics kit that combines construction, coding and creativity.
  • Includes 130 uniquely shaped, easy-to-grip blocks with rounded edges and unique shape to inspire every child’s imagination.
  • Kids can build and code 6 different pre-designed Botzees, or create their own! The creative possibilities are limitless!
  • 30 interactive Augmented Reality puzzles that teach foundational coding concepts like sequencing, looping, and conditional coding in an intuitive and visual way.

Learning Coding and Programming Through Augmented Reality Play

Coding and programming are becoming more and more popular among STEM toys and educational technology. Kids can learn these technical skills through hands-on play with a robotics kit like Botzees.

So, what’s the difference between coding and programming? Krinsky Camps & Programs gives the below definitions:

  • Coding involves writing many lines of code in order to create a software program. 
  • Programming involves not only coding but also other tasks, such as analyzing and implementing algorithms, understanding data structures, solving problems, and more. 

How can you prepare your children for a world full of technology where these skills will be more common place and needed for job applications in STEM fields? Providing a creative space to explore by using manipulative pieces and intuitive apps will encourage kids to tackle something that may seem challenging, but becomes a fun activity through play.

Photo by Kate Schwanke

Botzees Highlights

  • Create, Program and Play with Botzees, an Augmented Reality robotics kit that combines construction, coding and creativity.
  • Includes 130 uniquely shaped, easy-to-grip blocks with rounded edges and unique shape to inspire every child’s imagination.
  • Kids can build and code 6 different pre-designed Botzees, or create their own! The creative possibilities are limitless!
  • 30 interactive Augmented Reality puzzles that teach foundational coding concepts like sequencing, looping, and conditional coding in an intuitive and visual way.

Combat Summer Slide with Pai Technology

Reading over summer is a great way to pass the time but it also holds great benefits. For one, summer reading helps children retain their reading levels so they are starting the new school year on the right foot. It’s important to encourage reading in fun ways, like joining a summer reading program at your local library.

From the American Library Association

The benefits to readers in a summer reading program include:

  • encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit
  • reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities
  • reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up
  • the program can generate interest in the library and books

Another great tip from Common Sense Media is to keep reading fun! Let your kids read graphic novels, mysteries, magazines and more. You can add fun, learning and interaction with Pai Technology Storybooks! 

STEM and ed tech toys don’t always mean coding, robotics and engineering. Literacy can be combined with augmented reality technology for a fun and immersive experience for kids.

  • Pairs with a free app and your tablet
  • Rich, detailed illustrations with 3D interaction
  • Encourages a love of reading
  • Thoughtful stories teach positive life lessons
  • No batteries or assembly required

Botzees Awarded Parenting Center Seal of Approval

“Awesome, fun for all, creative, technologically impressive. These are all words and phrases parent testers used to describe Botzees. This is all about fun educational learning where your child will build, create, code and more. As your child reaches different levels, new coding skills are taught, and new robots are built which makes Botzees an ever-evolving, immersive experience that also enhances fine motor skills. The controls require interaction with an app, so a smartphone or tablet is required. The app comes with several pre-designed Botzees to get your child started. Initially, they will use the easy to follow, onscreen, step by step 3D building instructions but after that, they can use their imagination to build just about anything they can dream up. The coding feature really impressed parents as being easy to use and intuitive. Finally, testers appreciated that Pai Technologies has created a building set that is gender-neutral. The building pieces are a variety of different colors and do not look either masculine or feminine. This should be a standard design in more toys, but things move slowly, so kudos to Pai for leading the charge.” Source
Recommended Age: 4 and Up
Price: $99.99

 

Botzees are available now on Amazon! 

Parents @ Play: The art of science meets the science of art

Originally published in the Chicago Tribune

Anyone who loves or even just appreciates science will tell you that there’s something beautiful about it. At the same time, those who love or even just appreciate art, often admire the technique and scientific precision that can go into creating a masterpiece. This week we had a chance to experience several engaging products that blur the lines between art and science.

As far as we know, Augie is the first coding robot that (who?) comes with AR technology. What’s especially cool about Augie is that after introducing the basics of coding (using Blockly), he or she (it?) then grows with your child through six distinct progression-base modes. Your little programmer will soon have Augie dashing around your house, nimbly avoiding obstacles, spinning, and making sounds, all while stealthily stimulating your child’s imagination, critical thinking, logic, and problem-solving skills. The app is free, as are over 60 AR coding tutorials that follow the standards set by Code.org. For ages 5+. Under $95. https://www.pai.technology/augie-1/

Augie the Coding Robot Featured on CBS News

http://www.cbs8.com/story/39013951/learning-through-play-stem-toys

SAN DIEGO – STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

While most science and technology curriculum that is taught in school today are focused on starting in 7th grade, Jeane Wong, CEO/ Founder, League of Extraordinary Scientists & Engineers (LXS), believes that children benefit from being taught this same curriculum starting as early as possible.

With this in mind and understanding the research, LXS is answering the call by bringing together a literal League of Scientists & Engineers with educators to make available “hands-on-science-ing” to Pre-K to 5th grade learners and in-classroom support for their educators.

Research from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center shows that kids are more excited to learn when they use a tablet or a toy, because it does not feel like forced learning.

Tablets and apps can also help enrich and improve a child’s ability to learn, because their educational experience will be deeper with a more interactive toy. The top STEM toys include:

  • Boolean Box (booleangirltech.com) is a self-contained computer engineering kit for girls (and boys) that encourages them to code, build, invent, and animate.
  • The Curiscope Virtuali-Tee (curiscope.com) is an Augmented Reality T-Shirt that allows children to learn about the human body — on a human body. Getting started is as simple as pointing your phone at the shirt and opening a portal to another reality – the world under your skin!
  • Augie (www.pai.technology) is the first premiere coding robot equipped with augmented reality technology. Developed to introduce children to coding language, it engages imagination and creativity while helping children further enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Circuit Conductor (www.pai.technology) teaches children about electricity, currents, and magnets through fun, imaginative Augmented Reality play. Use 12 different electrical function blocks and special insulated wires to build fun circuits and learn about electricity through the free app.
  • Easy-Macro (www.easy-macro.com) Makes your phone camera even better!  Easy-Macro is the simplest, most convenient and easiest to use macro lens available for smartphones. It’s 4x magnification gives your phone’s camera close-up powers that you never thought possible. 20% off with PROMO CODE: STEM.

For more information, visit the League of Extraordinary Scientists & Engineer’s website: science-ing.org.

5 Reasons Students Should Learn to Code

As featured in USA Today!

1. Technology is everywhere

Children attending K-12 were born into a digital world. Some say that computer literacy is as foundational as reading, writing and math. Teaching code not only prepares students for STEM careers, but gives them a better understanding of machines they will interact with the rest of their lives.

2. Programming exercises multiple areas of the brain

A 2014 study found that when people work with source-code, five brain regions are activated related to language processing, working memory and attention. While more research is needed, this indicates early computational thinking can mold multiple regions of the brain.

3. Diversity in STEM begins in PreK-6

In a study conducted by Bayer, more than 77 percent of female and underrepresented minority chemists said gender and race disparity in STEM is caused by lack of encouragement to pursue STEM at an early age. By targeting basic STEM skills like coding, schools can facilitate early interest in STEM careers.

4. The world needs computer scientists

While 71 percent of all new jobs in STEM are in computing according to Code.org, only eight percent of STEM graduates studied computer science. Today’s students could fill those gaps in the job market more easily if they learn coding at an early age.

5. Coding is creative

More than just a science, coding enables students to develop important personal abilities like their sense of creativity and self-expression. When developing code, students impact the world around them while fostering problem-solving skills. Engagement soars when they see real-world connections to lessons they’re learning.

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Become a Whiz with Cubetastic – Surviving a Teacher’s Salary

We were so honored to be featured on the awesome blog, “Surviving a Teacher’s Salary!” Check it out here: https://www.survivingateacherssalary.com/become-whiz-cube-tastic-pai-technology/

Remember that colorful cube most of us have had at least one of in our lifetime but most of us couldn’t actually do anything with it?! Sad to say I have never successfully completed a Rubik’s Cube – and not for lack of trying! Until I picked up my Cube-tastic! cube – then I had it solved in just about 1 minute! It combines this modern cube with a 3D augmented reality via free app that not only helps teach you how to solve your cube but also gives you challenges to work on!

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

In the summer we spend a lot of time on the road exploring the USA and Cube-tastic! is absolutely perfect for my entire family. My husband and I enjoy it as much as the kids do! And to be honest this is a GREAT product to use for quiet time in the classroom as well. It makes no noise, is extremely affordable (runs under $20), and not only encourages hand-eye coordination and memory skills but it’s great for helping to develop problem solving skills.

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

How do you play Cube-tastic!?

Buy your Cube-tastic! here (USE PROMO CODE Roadtrip for 15% OFF!) , then download the free app on the App Store or Google Play. The app walks you through how to learn and play with the cube! It will remind you to scramble up your cube, and then scan each color specified on the cube. Next it will walk you step by step exactly how to turn and twist the cube to solve it!

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

When I first started playing I began just randomly scrambling the cube then following the directions to solve it and timing myself. Now I scramble the cube, try to solve it myself, and then use the app to get the steps and complete the cube. It’s a great tactile and visual activity! You can also do specific challenges to solve in the app. Once solved it unlocks new combinations for endless play.

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

The cube is non-toxic and 100% BPA-free. Plus would you believe that the cube is biodegradable!? I LOVE the smooth feel of the cube and like the rounded edges so it’s not quite so boxy feeling. It’s a fantastic price and can be used in so many ways! It’s small enough to toss in your bag and travel with too!

Play & Learn with Cube-tastic by Pai Technology

The Cube-tastic! App is Compatible with:

iPhone 4 or newer
iPad 2 or newer
iPad Mini or newer
iPad Pro
Android smart phone 4.0.3 or newer

Real Mom of SFV Features Pai Technology

https://www.realmomofsfv.com/2017/04/12/pai-technologys-ocean-pets-cube-tastic/

Let’s face it, as much as we want our kids to be playing with physical toys, it is rather inevitable that they are going to end up playing with tablets. I know as a mom, I try to place rules that limit my daughter’s screen time, as well as ensure that the games she is playing with on the family iPad are educational & meaningful.

With Pai Technology’s Augmented Reality (AR) Toys, not only do they provide an interactive educational experience, but they engage kids in such a way that they want to keep playing AND learning!

We recently got to test out two products from Pai Technology – Ocean Pets & Cube-tastic. Both toys were really neat; however since my daughter is a huge fan of fish & other sea creatures, she really took to Ocean Pets quickly.

Pai Technology Ocean Pets Packaging

First we read the instructions & downloaded the app. Then she used the non-toxic, food-safe putty to shape into different ocean animals.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSm6IkEAEoZ/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=500&rd=www.realmomofsfv.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A4502.599999977974%7D

Once the clay animals are done, you can take the ocean pets & scan them with your iPad to watch your creature come to life in augmented reality!

Pai Technology Ocean Pets

You get to read fun facts about your pet, learn to take care of it & play special games!

Pai Technology Ocean Pets Fun Facts

Cube-tastic is a 3×3 Puzzle Cube that uses AR technology to solve a puzzle cube with step-by-step tutorials.

Pai Technology Cube-tastic

It’s a great brain teaser toy for kids, as there are countless combinations that you can do that exercise both their hands AND brain!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSxWubqAI4h/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=500&rd=www.realmomofsfv.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A1%2C%22os%22%3A4507.499999977881%7D

For readers of my blog, Pai Technology is offering a special coupon code! You can check out their website here to get info on how to buy. Then use “SFVMOM25” to get 25% off of your purchase! The discount code is good now through April 30, 2017.