Learn how to program with Raspberry Pi

little_piThe Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

What’s more, the Raspberry Pi  has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras.

Coding with Finch Robots

finchThe Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four year study at Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab.

The Finch is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments, including several environments appropriate for students as young as eight years old.

The Finch was designed to allow students to write richly interactive programs. On-board features include:

  • Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors
  • Accelerometers
  • Motors
  • Buzzer
  • Full-color beak LED
  • Pen mount for drawing capability
  • Plugs into USB port – no batteries required

The Finch is manufactured under license from Carnegie Mellon University.

Meet mCookie, the powerful new magnetic, LEGO® and Arduino-compatible modules from Microduino

mcookieLet’s imagine, play, create and have some fun stacking and re-stacking the small, flexible, colorful modules into thousands of combinations.

Ideal for makers, designers, engineers, students and curious tinkerers, Microduino modules and mCookie unleash your infinite creativity. With a wide variety of modules, sensors and accessories, you can easily assemble as many different projects as you can imagine.

Creativity is contagious! See what others are creating, get instructions for building projects and share your own innovative new ones. Learn more

The most kid-friendly video game creation platform, ever.

bloxelsBloxels helps kids achieve their nearly universal desire to create video games (seriously, just ask any kid), rather than just playing them. By using the unique combination of hands-on toys and their love and understanding of classic video games, we’ve made video game creation accessible and fun for all ages.

To fully comprehend the simplicity and magic of Bloxels, you must first see it in action. Watch below to learn the basics of creating with Bloxels.

Learning Electronics through Game Play

maker-bloksIntroducing MakerBloks, a dual play experience that combines electronic building blocks with a digital activity book.

Kids learn how to build real circuits while having fun with an activity book that engagesand challenges them.

MakerBloks link up to each other magnetically for a perfect connection every time. Each block is an electronic component, and when you assemble them, they form real circuits. Kids can build everything from a lie-detector to a voice changing microphone and much more. MakerBloks are safe, durable, and totally intuitive.

The blocks use bluetooth technology to interact with our digital activity book, available on any tablet. In each new chapter of the book, kids use their blocks to tackle problems and solve puzzles. Colourful characters, wild adventures and new challenges at every turn make learning electronics even more fun. Learn more

Learn to code by playing a video game

Code Gamer

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Gaming: Use sensors to control the game with this innovative gamepad
Coding: Solve puzzles and challenges in the game to learn the Arduino programming language
Making: Write your own programs and develop new applications for the sensors
Includes Arduino-compatible microcontroller (with Bluetooth), cable, rotary control wheel, circuit board, gamepad housing, two push buttons, motion sensor, temperature sensor, sound sensor, light sensor, parts for projects, CodeGamer App. Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android®. Learn more

Ignite your logic and sequential reasoning skills with Circuit Maze

circuitmazeYour goal is to arrange the tokens to create a real circuit that lights up the different colored Beacons. These clever circuit-building puzzles provide a boost of brainpower and a wonderful introduction to electrical engineering. With 60 challenges ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, this logic game will provide engineers of all levels with hours of electrifying fun. Learn more

R.E.V. – Robotic Enhanced Vehicles

Intelligent cars that are built for battle. You control one car using your smart device, while the other is controlled by a friend or a virtual driver that seeks you out. Why limit yourself to a racetrack? REVs think, fight for themselves, and are equipped with a proprietary indoor GPS system. REVs are hardwired to outwit, outplay and outlast YOU, their human opponents. Square off against your REV opponent in multiple game modes like Chase and Evade and Capture the Flag, but be careful… intelligence can be a dangerous!  Learn more