Petoi Bittle: This fun DIY robot dog is a sneaky way to teach kids to code

This DIY robot dog is a fun way to teach kids to code


Teach your child to love learning with this STEM toy.
This STEM toy can help your child get excited about learning.
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Want a fun STEM toy that will teach a child to build robots and write code? This palm-size DIY robotic dog is just the thing. Like a palm-size version of Boston Dynamics’ creepy robotic creations, Petoi’s robot dog Bittle can walk, run, climb and perform any trick a kid can code or download.

It’s a perfect project to get your favorite youngling interested in coding and robotics. And right now, the Bittle robot dog kit is on sale for just $299 (regularly $329).

STEM toy that makes learning fun

For many kids, the best teacher is a toy that makes them want to learn. The right toy can encourage a child’s curiosity, foster a critical mind and keep them engaged and learning through fun.

Bittle offers that in spades. It’s a palm-size, open-source robot dog that can become a child’s best friend — and most effective teacher. Funded by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, this robotics kit gives children the chance to assemble a puzzle-like frame themselves (or with an adult as a guide).

Through the initial build, your young STEM learner can visualize how complex parts come together to form a moving, cohesive whole. And that’s just the start.

Learning to code has never been this fun

Bittle is more than a puzzle, though. Once the robot dog is assembled, the lucky child can start downloading demo codes from GitHub — or start coding their own. Using this simple STEM and robotics kit, any child can write their first code and create programs to make their robo-pet come to life.

Using Scratch, C++ or Python, they can create tricks, unique walking gaits and anything else they can think of. (And if they need a bit of guidance, maybe you can step in and help.)

Once they get a few actions programmed, they can get Bittle moving. The robot dog’s battery lasts for about an hour of continuous walking, so there’s plenty of time for figuring out cool new moves. Watch the video below to what Bittle can do.

Save on Petoi Robot Dog Bittle

A STEM toy like Bittle is an incredible way to enrich a child’s education and teach them that STEM hobbies can be fun.

You and the child can work together to build a dog that’s always up for new tricks. Get a Petoi Bittle robot dog kit, on sale for $299 (regularly $329).

Prices subject to change.


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