Welcome to our review of the WowWee Elmo Coding Robot–also known as Elmoji. Elmoji is ideal for young children and it should be one of the hottest toys of the Christmas 2017 season.
An alarmingly low percentage of high school students show proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In fact, only a small percentage of these students are interested in a STEM career in the future. To bridge the growing skills gap, educators have been using robots to introduce students to STEM. Using robots is a great way of engaging students and keeping them interested in STEM. Many schools start introducing them in early grades because the younger the kids start, the better.
Many technology companies and toy manufacturers have introduced STEM-based toys and games in the market in an attempt to make learning these important skills fun and interesting.
WowWee Robotics, a leading designer and developer of consumer robotic toys, such as Chip and entertainment and digital products, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, have teamed up and are co-developing an Elmo Coding Robot aptly named Elmoji. Elmoji aims to keep young children interested in STEM by teaching children basic programming skills by using the language of visual emojis.
Introducing The WowWee Elmo Coding Robot
During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Elmoji was introduced to the public, and many are predicting that this coding robot will be this year’s hit toy of the holiday season.
During its CES Unveiled debut, WowWee art director Matt Wight mentioned that Elmoji will be available during the 3rd or 4th quarter of this year. In fact, the name Elmoji is still not the final name of the product, although it is catchy enough that it just might stick. Elmoji has a red robotic body with two arms and large-wheeled legs. Elmo’s smiling face appears on the robot’s LCD screen head.
Who is Elmoji For?
Elmoji is designed for children three years old and above. Its main goals are to teach young children the very basics of STEM skills, to teach the foundations of coding, and for them to start having a programmatic way of thinking. Its aim is to create a solid foundation that would be a good building block for learning more complicated STEM skills as children grow older.
The word Elmoji is coined from a combination of Elmo and his Emoji friends. Elmoji is also based on Coji, WowWee’s cute robot and app that was introduced last year. Coji teaches children from age 4 and up to program using Emojis. Coji appeals to a range of abilities with different directed activities. It builds key skills such as memory, sequencing, logic, and problem-solving. Elmoji is the Sesame Street-themed version of the robot.
What Makes Elmoji Work?
Elmo is Sesame Street’s most popular character, especially for preschool-aged children. It has been proven in a 2015 study that kids who watch Sesame Street do better in elementary school. The study mentioned further that Sesame Street may be the most affordable and most effective early childhood intervention program.
When Sesame Workshop approached WowWee about a possible collaboration on this project, the start of an ideal partnership was born. Elmoji is the result of this partnership, which brings together Sesame Street’s child-centered philosophy and WowWee’s expertise on child-focused technology.
Elmoji uses Emojis as the programming language. It has a free app that guides early readers and pre-readers in testing their higher-order thinking skills, particularly problem-solving skills. This is done through fun games that control Elmoji’s actions. Some of the fun games featured on the app are Maze Game, Sequence Says, Music Game, and Catching Shapes. As kids play games, Elmoji reacts to stimuli and encourages their progress. Elmoji has various features such as thousands of animations on his LCD screen and dynamic sounds as well. Another fun thing about Elmoji is that it also reacts to tilting and shaking, and other physical stimulation.
Elmoji is the first collaboration between Sesame Workshop and WowWee. With initial feedback being positive, there may be other Sesame Street characters that will be in a robotic form in the future.
Here Is My Conclusion
Fab Christmas Toys heartily recommends the Elmo Coding Robot. Elmoji should be fun for the children and great for parents looking to get their children a head start as they prepare for school. Elmoji is a total win-win.
Be sure to check out the Elmo Coding Robot Video Review.