Friday, 12 February 2016


My kids have been enjoying using their Ozobots with their LEGO bricks. They seem to think of the Ozobots as little creatures and want to make buildings and other interactive features for them.

We've made an OzoBot playmat with grid tape as the basis for their project and they have been using LEGO to create a world for the Ozobots to explore and interact with.

In this article we look at how my boys have used LEGO with Ozobot and there's a video showing Ozobot moving around LEGO town and interacting with LEGO buildings and objects.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Abraham Archibald Anderson - Thomas Alva Edison - Google Art Project
Painting of Edison by Abraham Archibald Anderson
Thomas Edison was born on February 11th 1847. Edison is well known in his native US and beyond as an inventor.

We think it's important for kids to learn about famous technologists. It's useful to understand how technology got to where it is today and kids can often be inspired through stories and quotes.

In this article we'll provide some pointers for discussing Thomas Edison with your children.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016



We've been thinking about kids movies about robots. We just watched Astro Boy and I realized that we've watched a lot of family and kids robot movies.

With the upcoming DVD and Blue-Ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with BB-8 and a new Signature Edition of The Iron Giant available to pre-order, it's a good time for a roundup of our favourite kids movies about robots.

We've included fun movies that feature robot characters as well as movies that have a more techie focus on robotics.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


Today sees the launch of a new product by 3Doodler called 3Doodler Start. We were kinda hoping 3Doodler would bring out this product and they did.

Finally a 3D pen specifically designed with kids in mind. With the rapid growth of the maker movement, especially among kids, companies need to rethink how kids design, create and play.

Monday, 8 February 2016


Roby the Robot Dog is my 7 year old son's ongoing project. It started as a labelled diagram and has turned into a family project to make as much of it reality as possible.

Roby now has a programmable dog tag with 4 RBG LEDs which can be controlled individually to create cool patterns.

You can catch up with the Roby story in these posts:

Friday, 5 February 2016


Today is National NSPCC Numbers Day in the United Kingdom. Nurseries, Schools and Colleges are helping raise funds to help the NSPCC protect children in danger and prevent abuse from shaping their future. They believe every child deserves a safe and happy childhood and so do we.

Thursday, 4 February 2016



If you're a parent, you may be very familiar with "show-and-tell" at school. It's an opportunity for kids to take something from home and share it with their teacher and class at school. Personally I think show-and-tell is a brilliantly activity for kids.

In fact show-and-tell is a very common activity in the Tech industry, where developers need to explain a piece of technical work to an audience. I've also been privileged to hear 100s of show-and-tell presentation by young coders at coding events across the UK.

Recently my 5 year old broke his arm at school. After a few days in hospital and at home, he was keen to share his experience with his friends at school. He came up with an ingenious idea.