Technology for Children and Families

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Sphero is a neat little robot ball, but should you choose the regular 2.0 version, the see-through educational SPRK edition or the cute BB-8 with a balancing head? Tough choice. Let's take a look at the options.

We had to make this decision recently, we'll explain which Sphero we chose and why. You might make a different decision due to the things that are important to your family, club or school.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Just like the stocking filler ideas for Teens and Tweens last week, we've put together some ideas to fill those Christmas stockings for big kids. We included some mini robots, items from popular online games, goodies for maker kids and pocket games.

Monday, 23 November 2015

For lots of kids, tweens and teens, Minecraft is a big part of their life. They spend hours building amazing worlds and interacting with their friends. To those who don't play Minecraft themselves it can be a bit of a mystery. We've put together a list of our favourite gift ideas along with some tips that will help you sound like you understand a bit about the gift you have chosen!

Some of our suggestions are educational or encourage creativity. Others are just good fun! They will all appeal to kids who love Steve and Alex - they're the main boy and girl characters in Minecraft - see, you'll soon sound like you know all about it :-)

Image: Created in Minecraft Pocket Edition by my nine year old son (he says there are books inside. That might be a hint.)

Friday, 20 November 2015

laurie wallmark childrens book author
Laurie Wallmark
Laurie is a published children’s book author and recently wrote a beautiful story about Ada Lovelace, thought to be the world’s first computer programmer. We met Laurie a month ago, thanks to modern technology, and asked her to do an interview. She is a biochemist and information systems consultant by trade, and now share those skills and experiences with young people through children’s books and teaching computer science.

Laurie’s recent book, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine, is beautifully illustrated by April Chu, and tells the story of this young pioneering woman, an inspiration to many pursuing a dream in computer science.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

My boys ABSOLUTELY love building dens. Strangely it is an activity we're drawn to in the winter. The wetter and colder weather outside, makes den building a perfect indoor activity.

Over the years we've built dens using large cardboard boxes, bedsheets and blankets and it always seems to involve rearranging the furniture. At first it seems a hassle, but soon we get into the swing of things and the kids really enjoy the process.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

raspberry pi gift ideas

We've put together a list of gift ideas for Raspberry Pi owners. Several million Raspberry Pis have been sold so there are lots of teens, tweens and families out there who would appreciate a Pi-related accessory or gift.

Some Raspberry Pi owners are stuck for ideas on what to do with their mini computer. Others have so many ideas that the thing they would most appreciate is ... another Raspberry Pi (one of ours ended up in a Dalek!)

No doubt there will also be lots more young people getting a Raspberry Pi for Christmas this year who would appreciate a companion gift to help them get the most from their new gadget.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

It looks like we are set for the most tech-inspired Holiday season yet. However many of the robots, gadgets and gizmos can be very expensive. 

We've searched around the web, to find geeky tech age stocking fillers for your tween or teen that won't break the bank.

Whether your tween or teen loves music, is a Lego fan, enjoys making with electronics, add the wow factor to their Christmas Stocking this year.