Robotix STEM Education Kits and Robots
Robotix is a line of STEM education toys to help the next generation of inventors and creators to learn coding, robotic programming, and critical thinking. The red handheld device, Phiro, is a robotics platform for children ages 4 to 18. Phiro is built with a progression system so that as kids develop and hone their skills, the device grows with them. It can wirelessly code Scratch 2.0, Snap!, or Phiro Code. The device is also Lego- and Arduino-compatible; kids can add Lego pieces to the side of the device to perform actions such as wheels for motorized movement. Taco Playbits is the puzzle piece kit seen above next to Phiro. It is an interactive screen free STEM for kids 3 and over to help teach coding by simply tapping on the chips with the Taco smart wand. It helps teach young children how to code through logic games, learning the alphabet, music, and math.
Pai Botz Blend Robots with Augmented Reality
Pai Botz is a toy company engaging young children in augmented reality (AR) STREAM experiences. Children can create their own robot or one of the six offered by Pai Botz. Once created, they can use a tablet to scan the robot into an AR environment. By using the tablet as the visual interface, the child can program the robot and guide the robot around AR mazes and obstacles.
Do-It-Yourself Science Kits from The Young Scientists Club
The Young Scientists Club offers different science and engineering kits filled with fun facts, interactive toys like a human skeleton or a night vision flashlight, and notebooks to record observations. It released a line of Magic School Bus kits in 2011 to celebrates Ms. Frizzle’s 25th anniversary.
Kurio Watch: New Wearable for Kids
Wearable technology is poised to become the next disruptive technology wave. With devices like the Apple Watch expanding into the healthcare arena, it’s only a matter of time before everyone has a computer on their wrist. KD Group introduced at the Toy Fair a new wearable watch for kids. The Kurio Watch as 20+ games and includes communication over Bluetooth to other Kurio watches and devices. It also includes a self-facing camera for AR interactive features.
Smart Lab’s Archi-Tech Kit Inspires High-Rise Designs
The Archi-Tech kit from Smart Lab combines its creative and interactive design kits with the fun of constructing your own building. The Electronic Smart House lets children snap together baseboards and posts to construct their own high-rise, and it includes the wires, switches, lights, and motors to automate the house. Children can install active lights, elevator pulley systems, fireplaces, burglar alarms, and even trap doors. The companion activity book teaches fundamentals in circuitry with 20 construction projects.
Tiny Science Kits for Science on the Go
If you have ever found self on the go but you don’t have any science activities to occupy yourself with, Smart Lab has you covered with its Tiny Science and Tiny Robots kits. These are special small case snap-shut cases with all the tools you need to conduct science experiments on the road. The kits include mini-versions of science tools such as vials, test tubes, motors, gears, and installation hardware.
Customize Your Robot with Mindware’s Science Academy Robot Lab
Mindware’s Robot Lab is part of their Science Academy kit line. It teaches a kid how to code via push-button programming. The kit includes missions like teaching the robot to draw, bulldozing objects in a given pattern, and the pick and place of metal objects. Children can customize the robot to their liking with googly eyes and feathers. The companion book is also filled with robot programming principles, including the appropriate way to measure the robot’s turns.
4M’s Engineering Kits Offer Everything from Robots to Maglev
The design kits from 4M offer a wealth of educational resources that cover a large scope of topics. Their KidzLabs line covers robotics, space exploration kits, maglev engineering, and hydraulics. The Hydraulic Robot Arm kit is new this year and features a fluid-powered gripper that can lift and move a variety of objects.
The Future of Climate Change Will Be Driven by Future Engineers
4M also offers eco-engineering kits in its Green Science line. These kits teach children how to use renewable energy tools such as solar panels, wind turbines, and solar-powered robots. The Solar Rover kit, for example, mimics the same robotic principles found in NASA’s Mars Rover. The robot runs on solar power only—no batteries needed—converting sunlight into electricity.
Inside Lego’s Augmented Reality World
The Lego booth at the Toy Fair is always one of mystery. Its walls cover many of the company’s new products to protect its ideas. This year I was able to see the new line AR toy line “Hidden Side” meant to help children interact with Legos on a brand-new scale. The kit above is one of haunted mad scientist lab. By using AR, kids can explore a haunted world, catch ghosts, and solve puzzles. Using AR in this fashion mirrors how companies like PTC are using AR to provide instructions to maintenance engineers.
Artie 3000 Is Mensa-Approved to Teach Coding to Kids
Educational Insights had the Best Toy of the Year in the form of Artie 3000, a drawing robot to help kids learn to code. They can draw simple and complex drawings by writing code via a tablet or computer. The coding starts basic with drag-and-drop functions and scales up to line coding. Kids can code in collaboration with other kids and compete against each other in games like tic-tac-toe. Artie is the only third toy and the first robot to receive an honorary Mensa card.