Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Today marks 30 years of the existence of the World Wide Web. I can just about remember a world without the internet, but my children can't. The internet connects information and people around the world and has completely transformed how we live, work and play.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

The Hack Laptop is a new laptop aimed at kids aged 8+ that aims to encourage them to code and customise their computer.

It's a proper ASUS laptop running the Linux operating system with additional educational content running on top. At launch, you get free access to the educational content but it will cost $9.99 per month after an initial trial.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Kickstarter is a great platform for startups and newcomers to drum up interest in a new idea or product. Sometimes well-known companies, like Sphero, also use it, to tell people about new innovative products like the Sphero RVR.

Sphero RVR is the company's latest project just launched a few days ago and it's already smashed it's funding targets. The new robot is buildable, programmable and flexible for creative exploration.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

We came across Robolink three years ago when they brought Codrone to life, through a Kickstarter campaign. As a company they are on a mission to help people (and children & teens) understand how modern technology works and make it and code it! Their Codrone project is a great success and used in many schools to teach coding, engineering and drone flying skills. All very useful for a digital future.

Well, in 2019, Robolink has done it again, with a new Kickstarter campaign Zumi! It's an automated car which helps you learn about AI (artificial intelligence) and vehicle automation, just the type of skills our kids will need and use in their future.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

It seemed appropriate to publish the second edition of our book, micro:bit in Wonderland, on Valentine's Day. After all the book and story is peppered with hearts, admittedly not all are lovely hearts, as you will find out with the Queen of Hearts!

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Wonder Workshop has recently announced a new add-on kit for Dash and Cue - The Gripper Building Kit. Dash and Cue are programmable robots which are great for education and home use. Over the years we've followed the development of Wonder Workshop's robots and kits and they are definitely worth investing in for STEAM education and exploration.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

During a long-haul flight recently I happened upon a documentary about Hedy Lamarr. Naturally writing for Tech Age Kids, I knew who she was and I was curious to find out more about her life. (Her birthday is 9 November and we celebrated her life on the blog.) It was a fascinating documentary and well worth a watch if you can find it online.