We believe that everyone should learn to code – and that it should be fun for everyone (parents included). Here are some gadgets that can help to jazz up learning for our young ones:

Makey Makey

Turn bananas and plants into your own game controllers with science and coding – all in one handy invention! 

The easy-to-use invention kits from Makey Makey allows you to hook up your world to your computer. Tinker with alligator clips and learn about conductive objects and materials in the world. Get hands-on and make learning fun, just like how we incorporate Makey Makey in our Young Computer Scientists classes too. Build your own sensors, musical instruments and light-up circuits with Scratch and Arduino – the projects you can do are endless!

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$67.35 from Amazon

Hot Wheels ID

This is what we all envision when we say “toy”, but they’ve brought it up a notch to make it educational.

We’ve all known the brand Hot Wheels, and now they’ve combined their signature race cars with coding. All cars are Uniquely Identifiable Vehicles, so the more play that happens on the Smart Track, the higher the levels climb on the free app. Kids can also learn Swift, Apple’s programming language, through interactive storylines, puzzles and Augmented Reality. The easy-to-use invention kits from Makey Makey allows you to hook up your world to your computer. Tinker with alligator clips and learn about conductive objects and materials in the world. Get hands-on and make learning fun, just like how we incorporate Makey Makey in our Young Computer Scientists classes too. Build your own sensors, musical instruments and light-up circuits with Scratch and Arduino – the projects you can do are endless!

Find out more here.

$159.99 from Amazon

mBot

Looking for a fun and affordable robot for a beginner programmer? You’ve got the mBot. 

This four-wheeled STEAM education robot lets children learn about machinery and electronics, fundamentals of programming, and develop their design and logical thinking skills. The mBot comes with an instruction manual, which makes it easy for children to set up and pair with the app (Scratch and Arduino). The cute robot also motivates kids to experience the joys of making, which is why we have it as part of our Young Computer Scientists curriculum.

Find out more here.

From $109.90, available in blue and pink, from Toytag and Playhao.

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