A high-tech upgrade of the 1964 classic Thing Maker set, this Mattel 3D-printer is due to be released in the autumn.
Gone are the moulds of the original kit – now your kids can design and 3D-print toys and jewellery from scratch with their own printer.
Creative kids choose between hundreds of parts to draw up designs in-app; these get printed off, and can then be manually constructed using a ball-and-socket joint system.
The programmable friendship bracelets from Jewelbots aim to make coding accessible to pre-teen girls. Check out our interview with cofounders Sara Chipps and Brooke Moreland and find out how they landed a surprise endorsement from Bill Nye.
Educational Tech Robot Toy is a feature of Kiwi Crate offers a series of subscription boxes for kids, and their Tinker Crate, intended for ages 9 – 16, includes a new STEM project every month.
Give a child a computer and they will be able to play Minecraft; teach a child to build a computer, and they will probably still play Minecraft … but also have a computer they’ve built themselves. Kano is a Raspberry Pi-based computer building kit for kids, which aims to make building and playing with computers fun, and accessible thanks to child-friendly instructions.
While Bose is best known for producing opinion dividing sound systems, it’s recently branched out into the education market with its Base Build kits which see young builders create their own devices. The Bluetooth-enabled Bose Build Speaker Cube features color-changing LEDs and decorative covers.
Children follow instructions on an iOS device to construct the speaker, learning about things such as frequency and waveforms, and electromagnets as they go. When they are finished they have a Bluetooth speaker they can listen to music on, and program to do things like change color depending on the frequency of the music. The Bose Build Speaker Cube costs $150.
In March, a successful Kickstarter campaign saw the Kamibot team raise £38,000.
Combining physical papercraft and practical coding skills, this many-faced toy encourages creativity across the board.
Kids can download and print out character ‘skins’ to dress up their bots as everything from Frankenstein’s to cats, and can also print blank shells to decorate themselves.
Once the bot is dolled up, it can be program with a computer, and controlled from a phone or tablet, featuring sensors to help it follow a track and avoid obstacles, and colourful LED lights.
From $109 (£79).
David Abraham is the Electronics and Technology editor for the 55gadgets. He holds a university degree in Electronics. Although originally from Baku, he lives in Dubai.When David is not traveling the world you will find him in the kitchen cooking for two or on a friends club.
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