Thursday, 29 September 2016

Lots of retailers do top 10 lists of the new toys they think will be best sellers at Christmas. Here at Tech Age Kids we've put together a list of the top new toys that will help kids learn tech skills while also being fun enough to make an exciting Christmas gift.

This year is a great year for toys that develop kids tech and coding skills. It's nothing new to have toys that develop useful skills in kids, it allows them to find out what they're interested in and invest time that might not be so freely available later in life. Think of all the engineers who say they played with Meccano (Erector) sets when they were children. Lots of today's kids will end up working in tech professions, tech toys can help them develop the right skills and find out if they have an interest that they want to develop.

The Spirit Rover is a new crowdfunded robot from Plum Geek. Spirit Rover is influenced by robots used for Mars exploration. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Samuel Morse invented Morse code which was hugely important in the history of communication. We thought we'd give Morse our Circuit Scribe treatment and create an interactive photo that uses a Circuit Scribe tone buzzer to create Morse Code beeps.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Kano are back on Kickstarter with an awesome collection of creative computing kits. One of our key messages here at Tech Age Kids is that kids need to understand the technology they use and be digital makers not just passive consumers. These kits are just the thing for developing those skills. 

SAM Labs have launched their new kit called CURIO, which guides you along to make and programme your own racers. Over the summer we created a remote control racer, using LEGO and 4 SAM Lab blocks. This project has been a real joint effort with various members of Tracy and my families adding their skills to the project.

We will be sharing our project with you and looking closer at the new CURIO kit. Stayed tuned for more exciting news and projects from Tech Age Kids, by subscribing to our mailing list.

The WowWee Coder MiP is a transparent, programmable version of the popular gyroscopically balancing robot. We're loving this trend to help kids understand how tech works rather than having everything hidden away.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Our first Flotilla Python project adds a lit furnace effect to our real-world Minecraft storage solution. We can now make the furnace glow with a programmable fire effect using the array of RGB LEDs on the Flotilla Rainbow module.