I received a questioning in private for information on my experience with robotics and young children (5 and 8 years old). I found the question really relevant for the forum because I am sure that there are other people who will be able to share their experiences and help this person.
Personally, I have two daughters and I would have thought that robotics would have created more interest because I still have a lot of them. So I created really cool treasure hunts and activities that made me popular in my daughters’ school but without creating the interest I was looking for. Why, because my robots weren’t focused on their girlish interests.
Luckily, there was a contest several years ago from Makeblock with an mBot save the world theme or something like that. I introduced it to my youngest and she created her story with the mBot and her dolls. She speaks in French but you will notice that she learned her text in English for the competition for which she won a prize (it was just a paper diploma but she really liked it). She then practiced in another contest that she won 4 mBot expansion kits and then nothing, more creative goals and they grew.
I believe that young people are really stimulated and if what is presented to them is not captivating then they move on to another activity. I participated for the first time in a Zone01 (LEGO) contest and there were hundreds of teenagers who wanted to succeed in the challenges.
My conclusion, Makeblock would have the ability to create interest around their products (contests and paper certificates) because they made it a few times for my daughter. Next year, she is entering a science and technology concentration in high school. Thanks Makeblock.
P.S. I will then answer the question therefore posed.