This post was sponsored by Duracell as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
As Gavin gets older, his excitement for learning continues to grow to a level I have never seen in a child before. He loves all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and I can definitely see him working in those fields someday, in a teaching capacity of course. He wants to be a teacher when he grows up, so STEM education is important to us.
Something that he has asked for a lot lately that are perfect to use in STEM activities, are robotic toys, especially a pet robot since he really can’t play with our dog. Kizzy is big and doesn’t realize it and Gavin can get hurt easily. He is also a little allergic to her like I am.
Duracell, Toys”R”Us, and WowWee have teamed up to power imagination and learning, so when they sent us CHiP and COJI, Gavin could not contain his excitement and had to play with them immediately. The only problem was choosing which one to play with first. He decided to try out COJI first because he had no clue what COJI was and curiosity got the better of him. But first things first, batteries, must have batteries! And of course, we had plenty of Duracell batteries on hand in our package (and some in our “junk drawer”).
I was and still am very excited about COJI, because he teaches kids basic programming using emojis, a language that they are already very familiar with. While Gavin can play with him without my phone, giving him one command at a time, the real fun is with the COJI app on my phone.
Gavin can select different images to display on COJI’s face (screen) with matching sounds. COJI also reacts to physical stimulation such as tilting and shaking. COJI is tons of fun and Gavin is learning a lot, we all are.
When Gavin was done with COJI for the day, he wanted to play with CHiP and hasn’t stopped since. CHiP is a smart and fun robotic puppy, fully equipped with sensors and smart technology.
The included watch is probably our favorite way to play with CHiP. 5 buttons control CHiP and his activities, the center button is the power button, and is used to wake him up and stops him in the middle of an activity. You can call CHiP to you with the top button, make him bark with the right button, he dances to music with the bottom one and shows you how happy you make him with the left. It really is a little like having a puppy, without the mess and you can turn him off!!
CHiP also learns from us, our reactions and responses shape his behavior, so no CHiP is ever alike. However, our CHiP, much like our real dog, needs to learn that bedtime is not playtime. Or Gavin needs to learn to turn him off at night.
CHiP also comes with an app with even more features and tips on how to play with him, a ball that he can sense when it is turned on and a “bed” that is also a charger for his own internal battery. He can even find his bed when he needs a charge or if you tell him to go to bed on the phone app.
Both of these robots are new favorites in the house and even though they are Gavin’s, we all enjoy playing with them. They have also taught me exactly the types of things to get Gavin for Christmas. Yes I am already shopping the other Wowwee toys at Toys”R”Us and no, I will not forget the Duracell’s this year like last year!