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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.

CODING$show=/search/label/coding

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.

ELECTRONICS$show=/search/label/electronics

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.

ROBOTICS$show=/search/label/robotics

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.

MAKING AND CRAFT$show=/search/label/making

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.

Contributors

Dr Tracy Gardner

Tracy is a computer scientist, it's not so much a profession as a way of thinking; she has no idea what she would have done with her life if she hadn't been lucky enough to be born in the Tech Age. Tracy has worked in academia, for international IT companies and more recently as a part-time computer instructor at a primary school. Since having two kids she's left a high flying career to inspire her own children and others in all things tech.

What is the coolest thing you have made?

I was quite pleased with the dragonfly that I designed in Open SCAD and 3D printed. That reminds me, I was going to make one with a space for a coloured LED, I'll try and get back to that. That's typical of me. I love making stuff but I'm always on to the next thing! I've also had lots of fun making things for my children's themed birthday parties, my trusty Silhouette Cameo craft cutter comes in very handy there.

What makes you smile?

My kids taking pleasure from their interests. Clever design. Trees. Solving a neat puzzle in an interactive fiction game. Finding a bargain. Family projects and days out.

And you're good at...

That's not something I really think about. I'm much more interested in what I don't know about but would like to learn and what I can improve.

What would you like to do in the future?

I'm not a long-term planner. I've never liked the idea of having a career plan mapped out. I'm hoping that self-driving cars become mainstream because I don't drive due to zero sense of direction and poor spatial awareness.

Elbrie de Kock

Elbrie owned a few businesses before Tech Age Kids in a variety of industries, including interior design, construction and information management. She is creative and can be found doing some kind of craft with her three kids. Elbrie joined Tech Age Kids in 2015 to build on its success by harnessing her digital and social media marketing experience. She got involved in the tech industry to support her son’s interest in computer programming and subsequently set up a local coding club to inspire more kids to learn skills for a digital age. She has successfully organised and hosted many events, from toddler groups, birthday parties, exhibitions, coding clubs and festivals.

What is the coolest thing you have made?

Although not very techie, I'm super proud of my patchwork picnic blanket I made from fabric scraps. I am creative and love good design. I'm a serial crafter and most enjoy doing craft with my kids, and re-purposing furniture, storage or decor for our home.

What makes you smile?

Sunshine. The Beach. Watching my boys interact with each other and teaching each other skills. Oh and city-breaks with the hubster!

And you're good at...

This is hard because I have to be sure I am actually good at it... I am pretty nifty on social media, I love networking and promoting a cause I believe in. I'm creative and really can't sit still, so I run and love creating some kind of adventurous dish for my family to try out.

What would you like to do in the future?

I would really really love to be able to inspire lots of young people to reach their full potential. More than anything in life, I love encouraging people and see them succeed. I've always wanted to create my own product...I've had lots of ideas over the years...just waiting patiently to unleash my awesome discovery on the world.

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