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Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover

Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover

Spring 2011 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartLab
Price: $69.99

The Recon Rover is a track-wheeled robot designed to teach children simple programming. The slow-moving, 11-inch tall, rover has an on-board LCD screen and keypad. Other features include a microphone, speaker, LED headlights, and a cargo hold that looks like a cup holder.

The colorful, spiral-bound, 48-page owner's manual has 10 fun missions that will engage users. Each mission has an objective, helpful background information, a briefing, a mission map, step-by-step programming instruction, and a post mission debriefing. Missions include security patrols, materials delivery, voice messaging, and dancing. A "Special Ops" section provides space to create and record your own missions. Certain success with the training missions will only lead to more creative operations.

Additional features include ten command options for each line of programming; a trip can have up to 50 lines (we never went past 38). The rover can store up to 9 trips/programs at a time, and you can access 5 prerecorded sound files in programming, or create up to 4 of your own. The manual has blue-colored sections and paw-printed labels that provide more information on science and mathematics backgrounds and the applications of this technology

The Recon Rover offers great value and it provides many hours of playful learning.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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