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Here's where you'll find all the latest news about technology for children. We love to follow cool new inventions on Kickstarter and we hunt out all the latest announcements about tech toys and gadgets for the coming Christmas holidays. You'll also get our take on children's technology stories in the media.

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Our kids technology product reviews are intended to help you work out whether a toy, gadget or kit is a good fit for your child or family. There's lots of cool stuff available, but is it the right choice for the child or teenager that you are buying for? We'll help you make the right choices and get the best value for money.

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends assemble. We create gift lists to help you make good choices for kids technology which helps them develop the right skills for the future. We research the best in Coding Toys and Games, Making / Craft Tools and Kits, STEM/STEAM related gifts, Programmable Robots, Electronics Kits and Gadgets for Tech Age Kids and Teens.

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Get crafty with technology. Here we'll post all our ideas and projects using technology to get creative and making with kids. You'll find anything from making a lemon battery to a glow-in-the-dark Minecraft sword. Our projects are tried and tested on our own kids or at events we run, so we are sure you can have a go at home with your kids. Some of our projects use specific tech gadgets which we provide links for you to purchase.

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In recent years there is an increased focus in these areas of study. We like to include Art and Design too, so we often talk about STEAM (A stands for Art). At Tech Age Kids we believe Coding is a new literacy and children need to understand how technology works, practice making skills and grow in their curiosity to make a better future for us all.

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Coding is increasingly being recognised as an important skill for children to learn. Some will learn to code at school or at a coding club, but it's brilliant if they get support at home too.

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We think it's really important for kids to get hands-on with electronics and learn how to make circuits and write code to control hardware. Younger kids can start with conductive playdough. For kids who like to combine craft and tech, littleBits are fab. And we love SAM Labs wireless electronics components for making it easy for kids to make Internet of Things inventions. Lots of electronics kits for kids have support for the Arduino microprocessor environment. The DuinoKit Jr is one of our favourites. Arduino is a fab skill for older kids and teens to develop.

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We love robots at Tech Age Kids, especially programmable ones. We've got lots of them and write reviews and projects that use them. Our programmable robots for kids buying guide is a good place to start if you're not sure what's available. Roby the mBot Meccano robot dog is one of our popular projects and has been with us to lots of events. Our Ozobot LEGO trailer is fab for kids who love LEGO and robots.

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We're advocates of the creative use of technology, but this needs to be balanced with developing physical skills such as papercraft, woodwork, clay modelling, technical drawing and soldering. If children don't develop these skills as they grow up then physical making projects can become frustrating rather than fun. The Maker Community uses the term 'making' as a broad term to include all sorts of artisan skills or craft activities. Being able to make things can lead to life-long hobbies or even careers. It's a great feeling to be able to take a project from an idea in your head to a real object that does something. We're particularly interested to explore products that combine maker skills with tech skills such as electronics but others focus purely on the physical making skills that are still important to modern making.

Online STEM Summer Camps for Kids - lots of tech, maker and science project ideas to keep kids busy at home

Are your kids going to be spending time at home this summer? Do you need some ideas to get them doing something other than playing Minecraft all day everyday (much as we love Minecraft!) How about an online STEM summer camp?

We've found some brilliant tech summer camps that kids can take part in from home. Many have offline activities for kids to complete as well as online ones.

My kids love earning badges and cards through doing online activities. These camps are educational, but kids have much more control over what they learn that they have in school.

Camp Google 


Google are running an online science summer camp for children aged around 7-10. Camp Google includes live videos with Q&As featuring science experts. There are also activities for children to complete including science experiments and things to make. 

Kid don't have to be available when the camps are live as they are recorded and available to complete afterwards. No sign up is required so it's really easy to get involved. 

On completion of an activity kids earn a printable badge which can be added to a badge tracker print out. 

My 7 year old is loving Camp Google so far. Science is one of his favourite things in the world and the printable badges are proving very appealing. Camp Google isn't a big time commitment so it's easy to do alongside other activities. 

Maker Camp

Maker Camp is a free online summer camp for maker kids from the organisation behind Maker Faire and Make magazine. There are physical Maker Camps but kids can participate online from home too. 

There are 6 weeks of projects and each week has a different theme. Videos are added to the Maker Camp 2015 YouTube playlist each day and these include projects to make and virtual field trips. The videos stay live so young makers can access them when its convenient. 

Maker Camp has lots of ideas for teen makers and younger kids will enjoy it with adult support. We tend to dip in and out of Maker Camp when the kids are looking for an idea.

DIY.org

DIY.org is a fantastic site where children from around age 7 can earn virtual badges by completing challenges. Children can earn badges all year round but there's plenty here for kids to choose from to put together their own custom tech summer camp.

Earning the virtual badges is free but does require an account which must be authorised by a parent. You can also buy physical badges as rewards. There are some fantastic STEM related badges available. There are whole categories dedicated to Building, Engineering, Hacking and Science and there are also tech-related badges in other categories such as Art, Design and Exploring.

DIY.org also has paid virtual camps that last for 4 weeks and involve a counsellor who prepares videos and activities and provides feedback to campers. 

Camp Wonderopolis

Camp Wonderopolis is the the Summer Camp section of Wonderopolis, a fun website where kids can learn about the hows and whys of the world. It's aimed at children aged around 8 to 14.

If you sign your child up for Camp Wonderopolis (free) then they can access multimedia STEM lessons and earn Wonder Cards which appear on their Dashboard and are also available to print out. The lessons are a mixture of videos, images and text with a read aloud option.

There are also maker activities to carry out offline and quizzes to complete to earn the cards.

We really like Camp Wonderopolis. You should be aware that it links to lots of third party content so you child can easily end up at other websites. Just make sure you keep an eye on what they are doing. 

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