When I first seen the Power Tracks, the concept really appealed. Teaching kids to code is a passion of mine. It is focused on teaching the basic steps of coding and circuit building in a fun hands on way. We were given the opportunity to review Power Tracks and see what we thought. Did it meet my hopes?
Power Tracks Review – Learning the basic steps to coding.
What comes in the box.
- Volty the robot ( Volty requires 3 AAA batteries that are not included)
- 24 large double-sided circuit puzzle piece tiles
- 10 Circuit diagrams ( with 20 different circuits to try)
- 40 command cards
When kids are young, finding fun and educational toys was quite easy, there was so many options but as they get older it has become harder. Power Tracks is designed for 5+ and is a fun interactive toy that teaches kids about creating circuits and basic steps of coding. With a little robot unit called Volty that you use the directional buttons to program which allows him to move along the circuit you have put together. ( It was decided in our house that Volty was a boy)
Playing with Power Tracks
The large tabletop tiles are thick and durable, and come in two different puzzle cuts, one for the corners and one for the straights. The tiles are double sided and have a variety of sounds and lights commands Volty will do. The first three diagrams on the diagram cards are like a tutorial showing how construct the circuit.
Once the circuit is completed, the command cards come into play. This helps you plan out coding Volty to follow the circuit. We found it beneficial to place them out and as you enter the command into Volty pick them so you don’t loose your place. This is especially useful when you get to the more complicated diagram examples.
When Volty completes a circuit and ends up back at the start, he does a little dance and places a song. This was something that was fun, as you can see in the below video. Although we found if you have some slight bumps on the floor ( Like our old laminate flooring) it can cause Volty to move slightly off the track so he doesn’t play the sound or light up when expected. If it is on a flat surface this doesn’t happen.
What Power Tracks is like to play with
We have played with Power Tracks for hours, and it brought lots of laughter, fun and excitement while learning. It can be played on your own or working together. It definitely has Mini MeBeGeek’s seal of approval. So much so he wanted to make a video to show you what Power Tracks does:
Power Tracks is a fantastic educational toy, that brings coding and circuit building to life in such a fun and entertaining way. So if you are looking for something that is fun, educational and will be played with over and over again, I would definitely recommend Power Tracks from John Adams.
*Price correct at time of writing.
I was given Power Tracks in return for an honest review, all opinions are my own.