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Posted By christina On October 29, 2019

Reviewed: 26 Incredible Coding Toys That Every Kid Will Want

In this article, the author discusses 26 coding toys that kids will love, as well as their parents! The article reads:

“Parents and teachers alike want toys that teach kids computer-and technology-related skills, both for their future employability and for being a citizen in a society built on 1’s and 0’s.

One emerging trend is toys that teach kids how to write computer programming code. Coding is becoming essential knowledge because the world runs on computers, and computers themselves run on code. As a person with a degree in a STEM field, I had to learn how to code later in life, and it was a miserably long learning curve (even if it’s one of my favorite things to do now). So, naturally, these coding toys aimed at kids piqued my interest.

I (with the help of some curious kids and parents) investigated 26 toys and games (covering an age range from 3 years old to adulthood) that claim to teach coding skills in fun and novel ways.

What they say about KIBO
“A toy that is an art project and a robot at the same time

Children not as inclined to explore the coding aspect can contribute to KIBO’s antics artistically; while in KIBO 21 (the most complex kit), there’s a stage and whiteboard included for decorating purposes, anyone can easily attach drawings or pipe cleaner creations to KIBO at any time.

Our experience: Mitch Roseberg, Co-founder of KinderLab Robotics (the makers of KIBO), told me that the motivation behind creating KIBO was to encourage all kids to become STEM-literate by making robotics and programming universally accessible and fun: “KIBO is the only robot kit on the market that enables young kids to build, code, decorate, and run a robot—with no screens, keyboards, or help from adults.” With its simple materials, straightforward coding process, and emphasis on imagination and art, KIBO is meant to appeal to all kids, including those that identify as “STEM-oriented”, and those that do not. Our testers couldn’t help but agree.

The bottom line: Whether they prefer drawing or playing with numbers, every kid can find something fun to do with KIBO.”

Check out the 26 coding toys!

Posted By christina On October 22, 2019

3 Ways Robots Can Help Students Tell Stories

In this article, Amanda Puerto Thorne from the KID Museum in Bethesda, MD discusses her use of robots as storytellers. She has hands-on lessons with robots to teach students the power of storytelling and the power of coding—at the same time. Storytelling with robots (including KIBO!) helps create accessible entry points for all types of Read More

Posted By christina On October 16, 2019

Mothering: Best Robotic Kits for Kids

We are thrilled to learn that KIBO was included in the Best Robotics Kits for Kids! “But our kids are growing up in a different world, and while we work hard to ensure their childhood stays as full of play and wonder as it can, we can’t help but marvel at some of the amazing Read More

Posted By christina On October 10, 2019

The Arbiter: Boise State’s Children’s Center Introduces Coding in the Classroom

In 2015, the Idaho legislature passed a bill to create a Science, Technology, Math and Engineering (STEM) Action Center. The Idaho STEM Action Center works to promote opportunities for educators, students, communities and industry using STEM and computer science to build a strong workforce and has been a leader in STEM integration throughout the country. Read More

Posted By christina On October 7, 2019

Study International: Key Trends in K12 Robotics Education

In this Study International article, they describe how Robotics education is becoming increasingly commonplace in schools. This is largely due to the fact that students in K12 schools will graduate into a workforce that’s filled with technology, and where robots will become widely used in our everyday lives. “Even if these kids choose a career Read More