Tuesday, 20 February 2018

We got to try out Nintendo LABO, the new cardboard creation kit that turns the Nintendo Switch into a variety of interactive toys.

We were in the first group of people to try out the kit at a pre-launch event which gave us an excellent opportunity to get hands-on and really try everything out.

Friday, 16 February 2018

We were very excited last week when we received our Kickstarter reward - Line-us the drawing robot arm. We backed the campaign of designer and engineering team, Durrell Bishop and Robert Poll in March 2017 and patiently followed their journey.

Yepp, sometimes these projects take a long time to materialise, but it takes a lot of work to make a new product! (Check out the guide to backing crowdfunding campaigns.)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Margaret Eloise Knight was an inventor born on February 14th 1838 in Maine, USA. Knight started inventing when she was young, coming up with a safety device for use in cotton mills when she was just 12 years old.

She's a great choice to celebrate for Valentine's Day. Why not encourage kids to celebrate Margaret Knight's birthday and Valentine's Day by coming up with an invention?

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Elenco is the maker of Snap Circuits and is expanding the product line with new snap-to-bric components, WEmake kits and an app-enabled product called SnapCube. The products are being unveiled at the New York Toy Fair and we can't wait to see more.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Klutz makes book-based activity kits for kids and we are big fans here at Tech Age Kids. This year Klutz is bringing out a Maker Lab range of kits to encouraging STEAM and making skills. We're also really excited about the new LEGO Gadgets activity book.

There's a real trend in the toy market to enable children to make their own toys and learn skills to make simple machines, work with robotics, understand electronics and more.

Klutz is launching their new range at the New York Toy Fair.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Sir Charles Wheatstone was a prolific Victorian scientist and inventor. He gets a mention in our new book micro:bit in Wonderland so we thought we'd write a bit more about him for his birthday, February 6th.

Wheatstone was born in Gloucestershire, England in 1802 and contributed lots of ideas and inventions to a wide range of subjects.

Wheatstone was a contemporary and friend of Michael Faraday.

Scratch Programming in Easy Steps by Sean McManus is a beginner to intermediate Scratch project book which introduces children to the Scratch programming environment through a variety of hands-on projects.

We've previously reviewed the more advanced book in this series, Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps, yes we probably should have reviewed the beginner book first, but that's just the way it worked out.

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of the book for the purposes of this review. As always, our views are our own.