This enchanted unicorn kit has everything you need to create a buildable, codable UnicornBot! The 3D, 360° animated building instructions on the free JIMU app (compatible with devices using iOS 9.0 and up or Android 5.0 and up) will guide you through assembling the 440 parts, including smooth motion servos, a motor, and an RGB light-up horn. Then, you can use the easy-to-learn Blockly coding platform to teach your Unicornbot to move, pick-up objects, recognize colors, and more! It's a fantasy-inspired introduction to the basics of robotics and coding that kids will love.
With this kit from Kano, you can build your own wand, learn to code, and make magic! kids will build a wand with the included components, then experiment with over 70 creative challenges and games that teach coding principles. On the screen, you'll watch as your wandwork makes feathers fly, goblets multiply, fire flow, pumpkins grow, and more. The free Kano app is compatible with most iOS, Android or Amazon tablets, Mac and Windows PCs, so it's easy to get started making magic in the Wizarding World.
Learn to code with a friendly face — and without a screen — with Botley from Learning Resources! Botley is an easy-to-use robot: kid can draw a path for Botley to follow with the black-line follow mode, or code in up to 80 steps, as well as looping commands and if/then logic. As kids work with the 77-piece activity set, they'll learn how coding works and even unlock additional features that they can explore. The set includes coding cards, detachable arms, interactive obstacles, and more to ensure kids get years of fun and learning from this set.
Minecraft-crazy kids will love this kit that teaches them how to build their very own real computer! This kit includes a wooden computer case with an HD LCD display that you set up with a Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board with 16GB RAM and a 1.2Ghz Quad Core CPU, plus gadgets like buttons, switches, LED lights, motion sensors, and more. The included Minecraft Pi adventure will get kids building and programming more electronic modules. It's a great way to get kids crafting with technology in real life rather than on a screen.
This little robot from Anki has a mind of its own! Cozmo can express hundreds of emotions, and evolves with every minute that you play with him. Set Cozmo to Explorer mode and see where its curiosity takes you, or play games like Quick Tap and Keepaway. Then, download the Cozmo app on compatible iOS and Android devices, and use the code lab to learn the basics of programming. It's one little robot with a big personality... and an awful lot to teach kids!
Avengers, assemble — including you! With this set from littleBits, kids will join their favorite Avengers, including Iron Man, Black Panther and Shuri, and Ant-Man and the Wasp, to create their own superhero identity. Eighteen in-app activities get kids building gear with the easy to use littleBits components, adding new abilities with easy block coding, and designing the perfect superhero icon with the LED Matrix bit. Authentic Avengers sound effects make this an absorbing and exciting way to learn real STEM skills!
Combine physical play with coding thanks to the Osmo coding kit! Osmo takes gaming beyond the screen: the Osmo base allows your tablet to stand and scan the area in front of it, allowing kids (and adults!) to use physical objects to interact with what they see on the screen. The Genius kit includes games and tile sets that encourage creative thinking in math, wordplay, art, and problem solving. It's truly the best of both worlds.
Kids can bring their creations to life with the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox! This 847-piece set allows kids to build five multifunctional models, and then learn the basics of coding so they can teach their models to dance, interact, or explore. The easy-to-use LEGO Boost app (which is compatible with many newer phones and tablets, as well as most Windows 10 devices) provides a step-by-step guide to building, and then encourages kids to explore their own ideas.
Preschoolers can learn the basics of coding without any extra screen time with this Montessori-approved coding toy. Cubetto is a wooden robot who is directed by a tangible programming language. Plug colored blocks into the path to lead Cubetto through maps and stories. You'll be amazed at how this cheerful robot teaches key STEM principles -- while kids have a blast!
With this fun kit from littleBits, kids can build their own interactive space rover! littleBits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets and allow anyone to build, invent, and prototype. The space rover kit comes with 34 components that kids can use to complete 30 space-themed projects inspired by the challenges facing real NASA astronauts and engineers, including a space rock collector and an alien life detector. It even includes stories of real-life space pioneers to inspire young explorers and engineers. Once they've tried the included projects, kids can experiment endlessly with their own inventions!
With this clever Kamigami robotics kit from Mattel, you can fold and build your own Lina the ladybug robot! Fold lightweight, flat sheets of plastic into shape, snap them together with the robot frame, and then program Lina to drive, race, or battle using the easy-to-use interface in the free app. No programming experience is necessary, but the flexible system allows your creativity to take the lead as you build your skills.
Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we've ever developed, the new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set allows you to create and command robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. Follow the building instructions to create TRACK3R, R3PTAR, SPIK3R, EV3RSTORM and GRIPP3R, or make your own creation, and bring them to life with an easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface. What will you create?
This tiny robot lets you explore big ideas! The Ozobot Bit is only 1 inch tall, but you'll be amazed at what you can do with its simple, color-based programming language. The scaleable program lets kids start out drawing a "program" path for their Ozobot, then move on to using the OzoBlockly web-based visual editor, starting with an icon-based system and moving on to loops, logic, and equation blocks. With plenty of additional free material to explore online, this robot will provide hours of science- and art-based play.
Learn the basics of coding by teaching this robotic mouse to make its way through a maze and snag the cheese! Kids can build one of the mazes on the included activity cards or come up with their own maze design, then use the coding cards to set a path for their mouse to follow. You can even buy a second mouse (sold separately) and turn it into a race! It's a fun way to turn coding basics into a puzzle game.
Creating code is as easy as clicking blocks into place with this Osmo set that connects your tablet to real life! Kids arrange the blocks in ways that allow them to enter new worlds on the Osmo app, control characters, and even write their own music to rock the house. Please note: the Osmo base kit is required to use this expansion; you can get it in several sets, including the Osmo Genius Kit.
Raspberry Pi is a clever kit that allows you to build your own computer! Assemble a credit-card sized computer, then use an included 8GB SD card loaded with the New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS) to get it running right away -- then, connect to a monitor and input device and get experimenting with programming! A vibrant online community will give you lots of ideas of what you can do with your very own Raspberry Pi.
With a little help -- and code -- from you, there's almost nothing Dash can't do! This little robot comes preassembled and fully charged, ready to use her sensors to interpret the world around her: she can hear sounds, see objects, and feel if you're moving her. This robot and the free apps to control her are compatible with multiple smartphones and tablets.
The most backed board game in Kickstarter history is now available to all with this edition from ThinkFun! In Robot Turtles, kids learn basic coding concepts as they direct their adult "computer" to move a turtle through a maze. It's inspired by the Logo programming language, and includes concepts like debugging and functions. Plus, increasingly challenging obstacles ensure that a wide age range can learn -- and have fun! -- with this clever game.
Turn the whole world into a keyboard! Makey Makey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Use your wildest imagination and turn everyday objects into touch sensitive pads — turning bananas into piano keys, or a drawing on a piece of paper into a joystick! You could even make a keyboard out of alphabet soup. Because the computer treats Makey Makey as a regular input device, you can use it with any program or webpage. It's a simple invention kit for beginners or experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between!
This pocket-sized robot is packed with tech that lets you customize how it interacts with you! Evo's proximity sensors, optical sensors, and LED lights let you enjoy teaching it tricks quickly and easily, or you can connect to the Ozobot Evo app to experiment with Evo's code, customizing your bot to do almost anything you can imagine! Each Evo comes with a full robotics kit, including a USB charging cable, 1 playfield, 1 skin, carrying pouch, and 4 color code markers.
With the Base Inventor Kit from littleBits, creative kids have everything they need to turn their ideas into inventions! littleBits are modular electronic components that connect with no glue or solder, making them a quick and easy way to prototype. With a range of bits that move, light up, and make noise, kids will try 12 different projects, including a voice-activated robotic gripper arm and a room-protecting Intruder alarm — then, they'll come up with their own inventions! Plus, this set is compatible with all other littleBits sets, so you can build her collection as much as you'd like.
Create your own custom Droid -- and learn a little about inventing and prototyping -- with this Star Wars Droid Inventor kit from littleBits! With the free Droid Inventor app, kids will give their R2 unit some new abilities over 16 missions. Then, they can use the easy littleBits components to experiment with their own inventions! This set is compatible with all other littleBits sets, so the limit is your imagination.
Learn the basics of coding as you dance, spin, and jump your way through the challenges in this game from Alex Toys! Decorate your own robot hat, then place direction tiles on the map according the to the challenge cards and work your way to the goal. A timer adds to the frenetic fun! For another game from the same line, check out Future Coders: Cube Stackers.
With the Dot Creativity Kit from Wonder Workshop, you can turn Dot the robot into just about any character that you can imagine -- and then program Dot's behavior to match! With over 100 stickers and 10 costumes, you can create a truly unique robot. Then, follow along with the 20 activity cards to play robot-enabled games like Duck, Duck, Goose or Hot Dotato! This robot is compatible with most newer Kindle, iOS, and Android devices.
Create your very own robot in a snap with Sparki! This affordable and easy-to-use Arduino robot is a great way to introduce kids to electronics, programming, and robotics. With simple steps, you can teach Sparki to avoid edges, solve a maze, draw shapes, and more. Once you've got a hang of the basics, a vibrant online community can give you plenty of ideas of what else to try!
Bring littleBits to the classroom with this kit that will get students into coding! littleBits are modular electronic components that click together with no glue or soldering, allowing for easy prototyping. In this kit from the littleBits Education line, kids work together to build a programmable device; code stories, animations, music, and games using free drag and drop block-based coding software; upload code onto the device; and start playing. It's an engaging and informative introduction to what's inside the box on your computer or game system!