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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.

The Hacksoton Roundup 2017


On the 1st of April we joined a bunch of other tech-loving people at the Hacksoton 2017 event in Southampton, to encourage families and children to explore the creative side of technology.

For the second year running, Tech Age Kids, joined Etch UK and Moov2 to put together a techilious day filled with digital making, coding, Minecraft, robots, 3D printing and more. Whilst adults and 16+ year olds hacked away on their own projects in the main hall, kids and families played and coded in the small hall at Central Hall. There was lots to do and see, some of which we'll highlight in this post.

Maker Activities

As it was the 1st of April it would be rude not to have an activity which included a joke or two. Amazon Alexa offered up a cracking joke for the event, when my kids asked in the morning - "Alexa, tell me a joke"

  • Q: How many software engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
  • A: None. That’s a hardware problem.

Kids made their own Joke Box using some discontinued tech for Bee Bot floor robots. If you own one of these Electro mat kits, you can try make a Joke Box at home, alternatively come to one of our events in the South of England and you're bound to discover one in an activity we've created!

The Easter bunny also paid a visit in the form of a paper circuit Easter Card. Kids (and adults - "Holly") got creative making flashing LED greeting cards and learned about a simple electronics circuit along the way. Check out the tutorial to make your own Easter Bunny paper circuit at home.



Judith from Embecosem helped young people build a geodesic dome using Strawbees and glowsticks. She gave all her time to help us out in the small hall to inspire young and old to do creative things with tech and design.


She also helped young kids get to grips with coding concepts using our trusty floor robots, Code-a-Pillar, BeeBots and Code & Go Robot Mouse



Workshops

Tech Age Kids' Tracy ran two Minecraft Workshops where kids learned how to use command blocks in the game. Families could have a go with Makey Makey, Bloxels, 3d Printing from So Make It (Southampton Makerspace) and arduino coding using the SweetMaker Fizzymint lead by Howard May who is also a mentor at our local Coder Dojo.





Our trusty bright orange XYZ 3D Printer also attracted a lot of attention.

Inspiring People

It was a great honour to share the small hall with inspiring makers and inventors. James from XRobots wowed us with a headsetless VR experience (find out more on XRobots blog - it's awesome!) and Swapbots got lots of kids experiencing physical and digital play through augmented reality (AR).


Of course no respectful tech event will be without some sort of Star Wars visitor! Thanks to Bladez Toyz kids (and adults) had loads of fun with these Star Wars RC Inflatables.



Show & Tell at the end of the day is the culmination of the whole event where people share the projects they made on the day. I particularly loved the crochet pattern maker from Jem's YarnsWhat Jack has Made and Hacksoton's write-up Fool's Gold details some of the awesome projects shared with the audience at the end of the day!

Tech Age Kids get involved with local events (UK only) from time to time. Keep an eye on our local page for upcoming events and signup to our mailing list for all our content straight into your inbox!

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