Posted on March 2, 2020

March in Noggin

This month in Noggin we’re revealing riveting facts about robots. Are you ready? Here’s one: robots rock because brilliant brains build them! And we hope that our Robots Collection inspires YOUR future engineer to make a marvelous machine of their own one day. 

Beep-boop-beep-bop! We’re computing how much your kid is going to learn this month in Noggin. Our skill-building bot content along with your kids’ favorite characters will:

  • Demonstrate STEM concepts 
  • Increase creativity
  • Teach problem-solving skills and how to follow directions

Ready to Access our Robots Collection? 

Launch the Noggin app and tap the “Robots” button in the character carousel. Everything featured in the Robots Collection was hand-picked by our team of educators and child development experts to help kids improve STEM skills, learn new vocabulary words, introduce computational thinking, and give little learning machines some fun facts about robots. Below you’ll find recommended in-app robot activities, and tips on what you can do to extend the learning off-screen. 

Gizmos Gone Wild!

Robots are smart machines but they too can make mistakes. There’s mayhem at the Umi City Mall when a group of little Gizmo robots malfunction and wreak havoc through the shops, food court, and department stores. Will Team Umizoomi’s mighty math powers be able to wrangle these out-of-control Gizmos? This full episode teaches kids that robots are machines that have jobs to do. Sometimes robots make mistakes and need to be repaired, and when they do, people (or mini math heroes) can fix them.  

Extend the Learning: After watching with your preschooler, ask “What are robots?” and “What job did the robots in the episode have?” Remind your child that people build robots to do specific jobs. Then have a little fun by asking them if they were to build a robot, what job would they want the robot to do? 

Catch that Robot

Harold Humdinger’s meteor-powered robot is loose in Adventure Bay and the PAW Patrol pups need your preschooler’s help to save the day! In this pup-tastic action-adventure game, kids will learn STEM concepts such as how bridges and ramps function. They’ll get to rescue friends by building bridges with Rocky and making ice ramps with Everest. Once their friends are rescued, they’ll help Chase use his super-speed to catch up to the robot and stop it from causing any further damage to Adventure Bay! Mighty Pups (and preschoolers) to the rescue!

Extend the Learning: Put your preschooler’s memory power to the test on your next commute. Point out a bridge or a ramp and ask kids to explain how they work. Our “Catch that Robot” game includes simple definitions of what bridges and ramps are, which are easy enough for kids to recall.   

Mega Mud Robot

Gasquatch has been saving up his money to buy a Mega Mud Robot. But when his coins go missing, it’s up to Blaze (and your preschooler) to help recover them before the toy store closes. While playing this interactive video, your kid will count coins, follow instructions to help Pickle control a robot, and help Blaze transform into a bubble-popping monster machine. When kids help collect all Gasquatch’s missing coins, he’ll buy a Mega Mud Robot that they’ll get to play with! 

Extend the Learning: In this interactive episode, Pickle controls a dog robot using a remote control. Grab paper and crayons and help your kids draw a remote control. Decide what each button on the remote control will make the other person do. Example: The red button makes you freeze and the green button makes you jump. Take turns “pressing” the buttons and pretending to be silly robots.

Rusty Rivets

If your child loves robots then you’ll want to modify, customize, and Rustify what they’re watching and introduce them to “Rusty Rivets”! When there’s a job to do and the stakes are sky-high, Rusty and his best buds Ruby and Botasaur invent and innovate their way out of every jam. Rusty Rivets is a show modeled after the Maker Movement, which is all about creating new devices and gadgets from unused, discarded, or broken electronics to solve problems. 

Extend the Learning: Combine and design with your preschooler using our “Build a Bot” printable pack, found here.

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