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Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game ~ Bloxels is an innovative video game development platform that allows you to create your own video games. With easy-to-use physical and digital tools, the imaginative gaming worlds of young gamer’s come to life in a cool retro arcade style. You decide what the game looks like and configure how it is played. You tell the story of the characters and design their looks. You create the obstacles and the power-ups. And then not only can you play, but you can share your game with fellow gamer’s for both game play and content remixing.
Coding Games in Scratch ~ Written for children ages 8–12 with little to no coding experience, this straightforward visual guide uses fun graphics and easy-to-follow instructions to show young learners how to build their own computer projects using Scratch, a popular free programming language.
With Coding Games in Scratch, kids can build single and multiplayer platform games, create puzzles and memory games, race through mazes, add animation, and more. All they need is a desktop or laptop with Adobe 10.2 or later, and an internet connection to download Scratch 2.0. Coding can be done without download on https://scratch.mit.edu.
Essential coding concepts are explained using eight build-along game projects that guide young coders step-by-step, using visual samples, easy-to-follow instructions, and fun pixel art. The book teaches important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas, all while creating games to play with their friends.
Supporting STEM education initiatives and the maker movement, computer coding teaches kids how to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically, and is quickly becoming a necessary and sought-after skill. DK’s computer coding books are full of fun exercises with step-by-step guidance, making them the perfect introductory tools for building vital skills in computer programming.
Osmo Starter Kit ~ Osmo is a unique gaming accessory that will change the way your child plays. Crafted with reflective artificial intelligence, a groundbreaking technology that bridges the real and digital realms.
Osmo Coding Game ~ Osmo Coding teaches problem solving and logic skills, it helps kids succeed in an increasingly digital world. With Osmo, coding is approachable, creative, and fun. Just snap physical blocks together to create sequences of commands and easily learn computer programming fundamentals. Works with iPad Pro 9.7 inch, all iPad Mini, all iPad Air, all iPad 2 & up. *Requires the Osmo Game System, found in any Osmo Kit.
Osmo Genius Kit ~ Award-winning hands-on game system, fosters creativity & problem solving skills.
Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set ~ New for 2016 comes the STEM Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set, the perfect way to introduce children as young as five to important STEM concepts like coding, critical thinking, and more.
With Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse, kids will have hours of fun while they learn to build their own mazes, and then program the mouse to get the cheese. This deluxe set includes maze grids, maze walls, tunnels, a robot mouse, and materials to help guide the play. It’s a fun, easy, and affordable way to add an hour of code, or more, into your home or classroom.
How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn how to design and code your very own computer game (Super Skills) ~ From writing simple coding instructions using Scratch software, to learning the coding skills to create your own computer game and even design your own website, this book leads the way. By breaking this daunting subject down into the 10 “super skills” needed, young readers can get familiar with computer coding and build on their skills as they progress through the book. Starting off with a short introduction that poses the question, “What is coding?,” the super skills of coding then explains how to use Scratch coding software to give coding instructions, write simple code, and use loops; debug and fix code; and use coding knowledge to create a simple computer game and a webpage using simple HTML. With easy-to-follow explanations accompanied by clear, step-by-step graphics throughout, this is a great first coding book for middle-school children, ages 8+ interested in learning about computer science and web design.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar ~ See what develops as kids play with Code-a-pillar. Problem-Solving Skills Once kids can ‘program’ a path for Code-a-pillar, the sky’s the limit! It opens the door to problem solving as they figure out how to get Code-a-pillar to go wherever they want! Planning and Sequencing Skills After rearranging his segments a few times, kids will discover that if they plan out a path for Code-a-pillar and put his pieces together in the right sequences, they can get him to follow it! Critical Thinking Skills The more kids rearrange Code-a-pillar pieces, they more they develop critical thinking skills by ‘programming’ different combinations to send him in different directions!
WowWee COJI The Coding Robot Toy ~ Smiley faces and other emoticons are familiar to kids and adults alike. With Coji, you can string emojis together with arrows and images and you have a set of commands that kids all over the world can learn to use, regardless of their language or reading level.
Kano Computer Kit ~ We believe in a new kind of computing. Simple, affordable, fun. Where anyone, anywhere can create with technology. The STEM Computer Kit comes with everything a kid needs including a Raspberry Pi 3, story books and hours of coding challenges. Our coding toy is trusted by over 700 schools worldwide.
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot ~ Charged and ready to play out of the box, Dash is a real robot that makes learning to code fun for kids. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use the free iOS, Android and Kindle Fire apps to create new behaviors for Dash – doing more with robotics than ever possible. No books, assembly, or camps needed!
Dash presents your kids with hundreds of projects, challenges, and puzzles as well as endless possibilities for freeform play. Wonder and Blockly apps are designed for every child to have fun on their own while learning how to program robots. Wonder even lets you save your creations to Dash to play without the screen.
Five Great Things about Dash
Dash the robot from Wonder Workshop makes learning to code fun for kids. He’s a real robot for children ages 6 and up that is responsive to its world. Free iOS, Android and Kindle Fire mobile apps have exciting coding adventures and projects that bring Dash to life.
Use your Apple, Android or Kindle Fire compatible devices to program Dash to move, dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and even react to their voice. With the revolutionary free app Wonder, kids can program Dash to be the real robot pet, pal or sidekick of their dreams.
No instructions needed! Our Wonder and Blockly apps feature built-in challenge tutorials that teach you how to program Dash from the very beginning of each program! Forget robot camp – you can easily learn Blockly and Wonder right in the app!
Comes fully assembled, no batteries required. Comes with USB charging cable and two Building Brick Connectors to extend play with LEGO and LEGO Technic compatible bricks.
Code Master Programming Logic Game ~ Playing Code Master won’t just teach you principles behind programming, you’ll also build planning, sequential reasoning and problem-solving skills
Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse ~ Jack, the fully programmable robot mouse, is ready to help teach hands-on coding concepts! It’s a great tool for learning about logic, sequencing, and problem solving— the very basics of computer coding and programming.
As kids have fun playing, they’ll learn essential skills that can help them succeed in school, and in life. They’ll get an early start on crucial STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) concepts, like critical thinking, problem solving, and familiarity with simple technology. The Programmable Robot Mouse is specially designed to help prepare kids for brighter futures.
Website Design Computer Programming Software for Kids (Ages 10+) – Learn to Code HTML & CSS – Learn How to Create a Website – DIY Website Coding for PC, Mac & Linux ~ CREATE A PERSONAL WEBSITE: The Simply Coding for kids Intro to Websites curriculum focuses on using HTML and CSS to create a fully functioning website kids can use for hosting a blog, sharing videos or even for their new personal programming page!
Learn to Code PYTHON for Multiplayer Adventure Games (Ages 12+) – Programming and Video Game Design for Kids – Writing Software & Computer Coding – Better than Minecraft Mods – ( PC, Mac & Linux ) ~ Kids all over the planet absolutely love video games, especially space adventures they get to play with friends. Now, thanks to Simply Coding courses, your child will get to play two unique adventure computer games that they get to create all on their own! Designed by advanced programming experts, our course teaches your child exactly how to build, play and share their multiplayer, Python-based adventure games. Featuring guided instructions that build up their math and science skills while teaching them valuable coding skills that eventually become high-marketable job skills, the Python – Multiplayer is the perfect challenge for children with dreams of making their own computer games in the future.
Thames & Kosmos Code Gamer Coding Workshop and Game (iOS and Android Compatible) ~ This kit introduces you to programming in a fun, step-by-step way.
An Arduino-compatible gamepad connects wirelessly to your tablet (sold separately). Using the gamepad and four interchangeable sensor modules, you play through a video game app on your tablet. In each level of the game, you have to learn a piece of the Arduino programming language and how to use it in order to solve puzzles and challenges and move forward in the game. In this way, you progressively learn the basics of coding.
Soon you will be able to write programs on your computer using the four sensors and invent new applications. Following the instructions in the 64-page, full-color experiment manual, you can create cool projects such as a light-sensitive drawer alarm and an LED disco light that reacts to the movements of your fingers.
WowWee Coder MiP Robot Toy ~ Have fun programming your robot. Use simple drag-and-drop programming commands to customize Coder MiP’s reactions to sensory inputs – including clapping and different hand gestures.
Tons of fun with lots in the box
Coder MiP comes with a rechargeable battery and fun accessories – a teeter totter ramp, all-terrain wheels, and a snap on tray to carry objects.
Piper Computer Kit | Educational Computer that Teaches STEM and Coding through Minecraft ~ Today’s kids grow up with “black box” phones, computers and gadgets that come in beautiful packages, but leave no room for tinkering or understanding how they work. At Piper, we believe it is critical to understand how technology works in order to make sense of our environment and invent the future.
The Piper Computer Kit comes with everything you need to assemble your own computer. Inside, you will also find our revolutionary learning system that teaches kids engineering and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, physical building, and Minecraft gameplay.
The kit contains:
● Beautiful, handcrafted wooden computer case with HD LCD display
● Fully functioning computer running on a Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board. 1GB RAM. 1200 MHz QuadCore CPU
● Electronic gadgets including LED lights, buzzers, buttons, switches, sensors and more
● Cables to connect the screen, Pi and 6600 mAh powerbank together
● 8 square foot laminated blueprint explaining how to assemble your Piper Computer
● USB mouse with a retractable cable
● An 8GB SD card that holds your game progress and keeps your creations safe
● Custom Minecraft Pi adventure that you play by building and programming electronic modules
● Wifi enabled gameplay for multiplayer, new downloadable levels, and sharing capabilities
● Free automatic level updates
● It even comes with a Piper Screwdriver!
ArcBotics Sparki Robot – Programmable Arduino STEM Robot Kit for Kids – Complete Platform to Learn Robotics, Coding and Electronics ~ Sparki is an affordable, easy to use, and fun intro to programming, electronics, and robotics. It is geared towards kids elementary-age and above, educators looking for an easy intro to robotics, parents eager to find something affordable but educational and fun, DIY enthusiasts, and more. It is simple enough for beginners, while being feature-packed enough to be a must-have for pro-users. Sparki is your chance to have your very own robot, completely open source and available to do your bidding. Sparki has already been sold in 51 countries. It has been featured on Fast Company, Boston Globe, MAKE, Kickstarter Staff Pick, Ars Technica and more. Sparki is ArcBotics’ answer to robotics in STEM education, and is being used in classrooms around the world. Here are some of the things you’ll learn how to do: Edge avoidance, Line following, Maze solving, Wall avoidance, Room navigation, Object retrieval, Follow/hide from light sources and Shape drawing. Spark’s programming comes available in both Arduino code (C/C++) and drag-and-drop programming, all open-source. Sparki components: 1x Ultrasonic distance sensor (get distance from Sparki to walls/objects), 1x 3-Axis Accelerometer (pick-up detection, fall detection, hill climbing), 1x 3-Axis Magnetometer (sense the magnetic field around Sparki, coordinate with accelerometer to detect compass heading), 3x Light-sensing phototransistors (light following, darkness seeking), 5x Line-following and edge detection sensors (mazes, line follow, sumo), 1x 128×64 Graphic LCD, 1x RGB LED (RGB = generate any color!), 1x Buzzer (beeping, booping, and musical tones!), 1x IR Transmitter (like your TV remote control), 1x IR Receiver (like your TV), 1x IR Remote control (lots of buttons to control Sparki with), 1x TTL Serial port for expansion (talk to an Arduino/Raspberry Pi), 1x Port for Bluetooth Serial Module (not in all rewards), Powered by 4xAA batteries (rechargeable or alkaline), 2x Geared stepper motors (precise, measured movement down to millimeters/ sub-degrees), Marker holder for drawing, USB cable and ABS plastic construction, durable and suitable for drawing.
Wonder Workshop Dot Robotics Kit ~ Dot comes with hundreds of exciting coding adventures and projects available in Wonder and Blockly apps. Kids program Dot’s lights, sounds, and sensors in the apps and see Dot come to life.
Use your Apple or Android smart phone or tablet to transform Dot into hundreds of different toys and gadgets, such as a lively alarm clock, flying spaceship, a funny
Ozobot Evo Starter Pack, the STEM Robot Toy with a Big Personality, Titanium Black ~ Ozobot Evo is the smart and social robot that teaches coding while connecting friends. Evo entertains with sounds, LED lights and a side of attitude. With Evo, learning to code with colors is easy. Draw OzoCode color codes for Evo to read and respond to. Download the Ozobot Evo app to enjoy remote-controlled and programmable play with Evo. Send and receive messages and Ozojis—emoticons that Evo acts out. Re-program your Ozojis with the OzoBlockly editor to make them uniquely your own.
In the box: 1 Ozobot Evo (Titanium Black), 1 Playfield, 4 Ozobot Markers, 1 Evo Skin, 1 Carrying Pouch and 1 USB Cable
Ozobot Evo Starter Pack, the STEM Robot Toy with a Big Personality, Crystal White ~ Ozobot Evo is the smart and social robot that teaches coding while connecting friends. Evo entertains with sounds, LED lights and a side of attitude. With Evo, learning to code with colors is easy. Draw OzoCode color codes for Evo to read and respond to. Download the Ozobot Evo app to enjoy remote-controlled and programmable play with Evo. Send and receive messages and Ozojis—emoticons that Evo acts out. Re-program your Ozojis with the OzoBlockly editor to make them uniquely your own.
In the box: 1 Ozobot Evo (Crystal White), 1 Playfield, 4 Ozobot Markers, 1 Evo Skin, 1 Carrying Pouch and 1 USB Cable
Ozobot Evo and Marvel’s The Avengers, Captain America OR Iron Man Action Skin (Evo sold separately) ~ The Captain America Action Skin for Ozobot Evo is a smart robot skin that teaches super coding skills. Call upon Captain America’s star-spangled smarts by connecting the Action Skin to an Ozobot Evo smart robot toy (sold separately) and activating specialized Captain America lights, sounds and behaviors. With the combined power of Evo and Captain America, you will complete Stark Academy training missions that teach STEM skills and creative thinking. Your Captain America Action Skin will recognize and interact with fellow heroes Iron Man, The Hulk and Black Widow and intercept enemy communications from Ultron. Download the Ozobot Evo Avengers App on your smartphone or tablet to explore remote controlled and programmable play and connect with other Stark Academy cadets. Together, you can program your smart and super robots to execute training missions and unlock new content and challenges.
Makeblock mBot 1.1 Kit – STEM Education – Arduino – Scratch 2.0 – Programmable Robot Kit for Kids to Learn Coding, Robotics and Electronics – Blue(Bluetooth Version – Family Prefer) ~ Makeblock is an open source construction platform that turns your ideas into reality, no matter what your idea is and however impossible it looks like.
More resource downloaded: http://learn.makeblock.com/en/mbot/
mBot is an all-in-one solution for robotics, electronics, programming learning. Cute shape with easy assembly is our goal. Working with mBlock inspired by Scratch 2.0, connecting with computers or smart devices via Bluetooth or 2.4G (by different version), this easy-to-assemble with 10-15 minutes mBot provides infinite possibilities for you to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
Open source platform, Continuous learning
Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform used by people in the global world to start a project quickly. It has been proved to be very expandable and suitable for beginners. So we designed mBot’s electronics based on Arduino platform , which is easy for kids to use and extend , and bring their every idea to life.
With intuitional color labels and easy-to-use RJ25 connectors, the board could get wired within a few seconds, so students could get more time to focus on creating all kinds of interactive stories and projects.
Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot ~ Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity and invention through connected play and coding, SPRK+ is far more than just a robot.
Lightning Lab app
SPRK Lightning Lab is the Sphero app for programming Sphero robots. This is your hub to create, contribute, and learn through unique STEAM activities.
You can easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities and share your creations with the community.
Learning is evolving
Visual Block-Based Programming Transform ideas into code by using visual blocks that represent our C-based language, Oval.
The Text-Based Code Viewer allows you to see the code and use this as a foundation to learn more about programming.