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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.

Kid Tech Crowdfunded Projects November December 2015

crowdfunding tech for kids nov dec roundup

The crowdfunding theme that comes out this month is definitely encouraging more girls into technology. You'll find wearable, mathematics and science projects that aim to encourage more girls into STEM subjects. We're always cautious about whether girls need different tech toys, but we definitely need tech that appeals to girls.

It's also a good month for construction toys, with a couple of building-brick compatible tech add-ons looking for funding.

Make sure you also check out the October / November edition as some projects are still available to back if you're quick.


Wearables


Giapetta's Workshop stands out in crowdfunded kid-tech campaigns this month.

It's part digital coding adventure and part jewelry workshop. Giapetta's Workshop is aimed at girls from age 8-12 but my boys were both enthralled by the idea and weren't put off at all by the girl-friendly marketing.

Kids make a special necklace which is then used as an app toy on a tablet to create an interactive experience.

There has clearly been a lot of design effort put into this project. It looks fantastic.

This mix of maker skills and learning to code is right up our street at Tech Age Kids.


Robots

  • MeeperBOTs are the second generation of a LEGO-based robot platform that allows kids to build robots using building bricks and then control them from a smart device. 
  • Wiggle-Bots are cheap and simple robot kits that kids can construct and then have fun with while they learn engineering concepts. 

Construction Toys

  • playDXTR are smart magnetic cube building blocks that communicate with a tablet. 
  • The Brick Sound Kit allows kids to add sound to their LEGO projects. It has a gyroscope to trigger sounds for active play.  

    STEM Skills

    • The Solar Powered Airplane Science Kit is a hands-on construction and development kit. 
    • The Little Ms Crate is a subscription service that wants to encourage more girls into science. The regular kit for girls aged 5-10 involves activities that develop science knowledge and introduce role models. 
    • MathKit is a physical resource kit for developing mathematics skills in young children, especially girls. 

    Raspberry Pi

    • TingBot makes Raspberry Pi easier and ... funner. It's a case, touchscreen and buttons which turn the Pi into device that can be used for lots of Pi projects. There's also custom software to make it easier to build projects using TingBot. 

    Electronics


    Board Games 

    • Lunarchitect is strategy board game where you need to design a successful moonbase. There's even a Maker reward level where you'll be able to print and 3D print the game yourself. 

    Gadgets

    • EverLights are app-enabled outdoor lights to decorate your home. They can be left up all year round and then controlled from an app to create effects for Christmas, Halloween and other events. Cool. 



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