Tech Products Used At iD Tech Mini (Ages 6-9)
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LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3
LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3
is the latest in educational robotics, and enables students to discover science, technology, engineering and math in a fun and engaging way. MINDSTORMS Education helps youngsters develop curriculum skills by building and programming smart robots using a natural, step-by-step learning process. Through the combination of LEGO building sets and user-friendly software, MINDSTORMS Education provides students with the right tools to put their knowledge into practice – and challenges them to come up with new ideas themselves.
LEGO Education WeDo
LEGO Education WeDo
is a learning solution that blends hands-on manipulatives with integrated technology and curriculum to create a minds-on experience that is aligned with key educational standards and learning objectives. Designed for children in grades 2-5, WeDo incorporates intuitive, icon-based programming software with motors, sensors, and cross-curricular activities that inspire and motivate STEM learning.
is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players started to work together to create incredible creations, ranging from scale replicas of spaceships, to working computers, to entire cities influenced by their favorite movies. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.
Tech Products Used at the iD Tech Mini Maker Station
There’s no better place to learn engineering principles, spatial reasoning, programming concepts, and problem solving skills than at the iD Tech Mini Maker Station! During fun, supervised breaks, campers participate in Maker camp activities and explore a diverse collection of both high-tech and low-tech gadgets and leading tech toys including the GoldieBlox Dunk Tank Construction Set, ThinkFun Robot Turtles, Roominate Chateau with electrical elements, Makey Makey Invention Kit, and littleBits Electronics. Playtime has never been more fun!
creates innovative and fun toys for girls, designed to develop an early interest in engineering and confidence in problem-solving. GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank is a book plus construction set that builds spatial skills and engineering principles (hinges and levers) using the story of Goldie and her need to get her water-hating, dirt-loving pup Nacho clean. It comes with 3 design ideas and unlimited building possibilities. The Craft-Struction Box enhances children’s building experience with the benefits of open-ended play, combining the best elements of crafting and construction. Kids will think like Goldie to prototype and problem-solve, and with over 275 pieces the possibilities are endless. All pieces in GoldieBlox kits are compatible to let kids keep building bigger and better!
is the easiest way to learn and invent with electronics. The color-coded modules snap together with magnets to make circuits in seconds. With over 60 modules available, the growing library can be combined in endless configurations to bring your ideas to life. Using littleBits as an adaptable learning tool, we aim to empower educators’ and students’ pursuit of life-long learning and to inspire them to shape and reinvent their world through making, creating, and iterating.
is an invention kit for the 21st century. It allows you to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. It comes ready to use out of the box with everything you need: Makey Makey, Alligator Clips, and a USB Cable. At Makey Makey we believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits. We believe that the whole world is a construction kit, if we choose to see it that way. Makey Makey was created by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum MIT at Media Lab under the advisorship of Mitch Resnick and is an academic and artistic project.
is a stackable, award-winning, and customizable line of wired building systems that inspire open-ended and hands-on play through the use of motor and light circuits, modular pieces and universal joints. Girls and boys can build and create their own unique and original structures or vehicles that can be stacked against one another or taken apart and remade into something completely new and different. Roominate’s mission is to inspire the next generation to have fun with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects to help develop spatial and fine motor skills, engage hands-on problem solving skills, boost self-confidence, and teach basic circuitry. Roominate was selected as the #1 Toy of 2014 by Time Magazine and appeared in the Season 6 Premiere of Shark Tank. Roominate has also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Today Show, and more.
ThinkFun Code Master
Code Master is a new puzzle board game that takes kids on the ultimate coding adventure. The big brother to Robot Turtles, Code Master is easy enough for any kid to play, but challenging to master. Albeit a single-player game, friends can collaborate to solve the puzzles while learning coding logic and computer programming. It’s for a single player, ages 8+, and available at Target online and in stores.
ThinkFun Robot Turtles
teaches programming basics. Through simple commands used to program the Robot Turtle, kids learn what it means to write code, debug and use functions. The best part? Kids have all the control acting as programmers to boss around the parent, the computer! Robot Turtles originated as a Kickstarter project where it became the most backed board game in history and graced the New York Times’ front page
. It’s for up to five players, ages 4+, and available at Amazon
and your neighborhood toy stores.