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.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

We've been having lots of fun with our OzoBot mini robots. For my kids latest project we've started using them with whiteboard grid tape and coloured stickers.

My kids have enjoyed using printed sheets from the OzoBot website and drawing their own paths and codes with pens. After that they wanted to make a bigger project that they could work on over time so we decided to make a layout on their play-table.

We used white corrugated plastic, black grid tape and coloured label stickers to make a play mat for OzoBot that can be reused. Note that OzoBot do make code stickers for use with OzoBots in the default line-following mode.