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Want your child to learn STEM skills? These 10 robotics kits can help

Hoping to pick up a robot kit for your kid so they can learn while they play? We've rounded up 10 great options, whether you're looking for something that falls under the STEM initiative or utilizes the Arduino platform.
Emerging Tech

The pages of this book have working circuits that teach you how electronics work

Now available for pre-order on Kickstarter, Papier Machine is a book that brings together six different electronic paper toys to help your kids better understand the world of electronics.
Emerging Tech

This 11-year-old on a mission to Mars is 2018’s ‘American Girl of the Year’

With a helping hand from NASA, American Girl's newest creation is an aspiring astronaut that could help inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers. Luciana Vega is the latest entry in the hugely popular Girl of the Year collectible dolls.
Emerging Tech

Bored this winter? You can now build yourself a humanoid robot assistant

Ever wanted to build your very own humanoid robot? If so, and if you have access to a 3D printer and 300 hours of spare time, a new online tutorial will give you a crash course in robotics.
Emerging Tech

How do you get kids into coding? Tynker and Parrot let them use it to fly drones

"Homework" may never be the same. Tynker and Parrot have teamed up to teach kids coding with drones that they can program to fly using an intuitive block-based language, written on tablets.
Emerging Tech

The LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit helps kids build the droid of their dreams

The new LittleBits Droid Inventor Kit lets kids' imaginations run wild with Star Wars-themed building projects that teach the basics of circuitry. It's available August 31, starting at $100.
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Cozmo visual Code Lab makes robotics programmers out of kids

Cozmo, last year's coolest toy robot, is now easier than ever to program with the launch of Anki's visual Code Lab language. It's a built-in tool that teaches kids the fundamentals of robotics.
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Sony’s kid-focused robotics kit blurs the line between toy and teacher

Sony's Koov is a Lego-like platform that teaches kids the fundamentals of robotics, programming, and spatial puzzle solving. It's launching on IndieGogo in the U.S. ahead of retail availability.
Computing

LittleBits' Code Kit is a simple, fun way to introduce your child to coding

LittleBits' latest kit mixes an easy-to-use programming interface and quality materials to deliver an exciting experience for young tinkerers learning to code for the first time -- though it comes at a high price.
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Conductive ‘Electro Dough’ is a must-have toy for any young engineer

The latest product from educational startup Tech Will Save Us aims to show kids how the magic of electricity can help them bring their wildest creations to life. Electro Dough takes old-fashioned Play-Doh to the next level.
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Crazy Circuits are Lego-based electronics kits delivered to your door

Innovative subscription service Crazy Circuits aims to make learning about electronics as easy as building a Lego set. Here's everything you need to know about this unique new Kickstarter campaign.
Outdoors

Stay safe while cycling at night with the Speednite stem, now on Kickstarter

As Speednite points out on its Kickstarter, many biking accidents are related to poor or inadequate bicycle lighting devices, which is particularly concerning at night. But with Speednite, you're promised the "ultimate lighting solution"
Web

Give Amazon $20 a month and it’ll send your child a new toy all year-round

Are you a busy parent? Don't always have the time – or energy – to shop for your kids? Well, give Amazon $20 a month and it'll send educational toys to your home the whole year round.
Computing

GM pledges $250K to help Girls Who Code encourage young women to study STEM

GM has pledged $250,000 in support of education nonprofit Girls Who Code, which will be used to fund after-school clubs delivering STEM activities and mentorship to young women in underserved communities.
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Frustrated by poison oak, 15-year-old Amy Dunphy invented a cure for it

15-year-old San Jose teenager Amy Dunphy has spent the past 2.5 years inventing a chemical that will protect your skin against the itchy perils of poison oak. Here's how she did it.
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Will AI built by a ‘sea of dudes’ understand women? AI’s inclusivity problem

The programs written today will inform the systems built tomorrow. If designers all have one worldview, we can expect equally narrow-minded machines.
Web

Advocate seeks better gender equity in the Lego universe with formal proposal

You can sign a proposal to help bring female NASA scientists to the Lego world. While the creation of the set wouldn't immediately improve gender equality, normalizing women in STEM is a key first step to change.
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Teach your kids how to code with Root: a playful, programmable drawing robot

The idea behind Root is simple: the easiest way to get kids to understand something as abstract as coding is to provide a means of making it relevant in the real world