Robotics and programming are the skills of the future and sooner you can introduce your child to these concepts the better. That’s why we’ve put together a list of top 5 kids robotics kits to get started with.
Experimenting with robotics first-hand used to be a privilege of the very few professionals, but that has changed dramatically within the last 10 years. Building your own robot is now something that’s accessible to anyone with very small cost.
In this post, we’re going to introduce 5 robotics starter kits to take your children into the exciting world of programming and robots.
Makeblock mBot kids robotics kit
As the first item in the list, we have Makeblock mBot, a friendly entry-level robot for every child.
You can unleash their imagination and make mBot come alive with simple drag and drop programming blocks that introduce your child to the concepts of programming without writing difficult codes and language.
The programming software is based on popular Scratch 2.0 programming tool that turns block like codes into C language.
Makeblock has also made available guidebooks and provide online tutorials for first-time coders to learn graphical programming through their constantly updated courses.
You can turn ideas into reality by constructing and programming your mBot to avoid obstacles, follow lines, play soccer and more.
You can expand mBot with over 500 standardized parts from Makeblock platform add-on packs and explore more ways to play with the mBot. Makeblock parts also have LEGO compatible surfaces on some of the components to allow customizing your robot even further.
mBot makes a great entry lever robot to get started with its price tag of under $100.
Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot
Most definitely the cutest little robot for kids, the Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot robots are perfect for kids just getting started with robotics, coding, and building stuff. Controlled via a free app for Apple or Android phone or tablet to program them to move dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and even react to their voice.
Dash a full featured starter robot that can move around where Dot is more of a brain of a robot you can touch and hold. They are both interactive and programmable.
They are both interactive and programmable and also work together sensing each other.
Dash & Dot can also be expanded with extensions to attach lego bricks, a launcher enabling dash to throw things and even a xylophone to play music with!
For programming Dash & Dot has few different options from coding blocks to more visual ways to get into programming.
For those who want to skip the building and jump into programming and playing with a robot, Dash & Dot are both great options and priced low with Dash under $150 and Dot around $50.
LEGO MindStroms EV3
LEGO Mindstorms are the most expensive option of the bunch, but you can mix it with the legos you already own.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is the most high-end option of the bunch, but while it does come at a heftier price tag, it offers some amazing enhancements to your existing LEGO arsenal.
Lego Mindstorms EV3 comes with building guides for five unique robots, the EV3 can be controlled directly from a smartphone or programmed via iOS/Android app and PC/Mac software.
Kuman Project Arduino Starter Kit
For those who want to take their robotics and programming to the next level, this Arduino starter kit comes with 44 components and a tutorial full of projects and source code for your child to start creating amazing things.
You can start simple with fun and easy projects go engineering something truly advanced.
This is a perfect robotics kit for a more ambitious DIY builder who wants to explore the endless possibilities of robotics with a very low starting cost.
Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set
This set will introduce children to the fun of coding and puzzle solving with this colorful, programmable mouse. A great way to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering, and math.
Program the mouse with easy push-button controls to follow your created maze and find the cheese.
This is ideal for younger children to experience programming through hands-on activities and experiments while challenging them to think critically, solve problems effectively, and acquire the skills needed to enter STEM-related fields.
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