Seedling - Design your own virtual reality Maze

Monday, 11 December 2017

Last week was Christmas jumper day at my kids' school and I tried to be organised this year and get the boys proper Christmas jumpers. I found a great one with flashing lights and a tune for my 9-year old but my youngest doesn't like the feeling of knitted fabric. I couldn't find anything that he liked or would be happy to wear.

We decided we'll have a go at making a homemade Christmas jumper using some of our maker tools. In this post, we'll share how we made our jumper and maybe you can have a go at creating one too!

The Da Vinci Jr 2.0 Mix is a new 3D Printer from XYZ Printing. The big feature here is that it supports colour mixing of two colours to create multi-colour prints in an inexpensive printer.

One of the common questions we get when we take a 3D printer to events is 'can you print in multiple colours'. It's definitely a feature that people are interested in and while this isn't full multicolour it's a step in that direction.

Disclosure: We were sent a Da Vinci Jr 2.0 Mix 3D printer to review. As always our opinions are our own.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The Mi Band 2 fitness tracker from Xiaomi, is an affordable fitness tracker that measures, heart rate, steps, and activity with a digital display.

I have an original Mi Band (no digital display), which my teen used for a while but stopped using it as he had to constantly use his mobile phone to see any data.

The Mi Band 2 is much improved from the first model and now has a digital display which made us take a closer look to see if it's a good option for kids.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Ruby is our much-loved family pet and comes to work with Tracy and me twice a week. During our lunchtime walks, we come up with all the ideas we share on the Tech Age Kids blog. Thanks Ruby!

As it's Christmas and there's actually a lot of cool tech products for pet dogs, we thought we'd make a wish list for Ruby and other furry friends for families.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Yoto is a speaker with little kids in mind. Giving them access to music, audio books and other media without the distraction of a screen. Yoto is running a campaign on Kickstarter, but only has 24 hrs left...hurray if you want to support them!

Friday, 1 December 2017

It's that time of year again: Hour of Code Week, 4-10 December. Last year we highlighted some of our favourite hour of code activities for families to join in with at home.

This year we thought we'd highlight the Hour of Code robotics activities. We're big fans of teaching kids robotics and physical computing here at Tech Age Kids. Take a look at our post on why kids should learn about robotics.

We've previously tried out and reviewed many of the robots and physical computing devices that are used in the Hour of Code. A lot of schools participate in the Hour of Code but it's a great event for families to participate in at home too.

It's always good to have more resources to encourage kids to get their robots out and try something new.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Erase All Kittens have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to create a mobile adventure game to teach children (especially girls) how to code in HTML, CSS and Javascript.