17 STEM-focused gifts to inspire kids to learn coding and love robotics (from TechCrunch)

Posted on November 21 2017

17 STEM-focused gifts to inspire kids to learn coding and love robotics (from TechCrunch)

The biggest shopping days are quickly approaching. TechCrunch has been announcing STEM-focused gift guides for the past three years and, yesterday announced its 2017 guide. It’s a good opportunity to find out great STEM kits. Check out the 17 STEM-focused gift guide at TechCrunch.

I listed the items with price and target ages for convenience.

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1. Codebabies' ABCs of the Web picture book ($13, Ages: <5)
2. Classic wooden abacus (~$15, Ages: 3+)
3. Amazon STEM Club toy subscription ($20/month, Ages: 3-4, 5-7, 8-13)
4. Kano Pixel kit ($80, Ages: 6+)
5. LittleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit ($100, Ages: 8-12)
6. Kamigami bio-inspired build em' yourself bots ($50, Ages: 8+)
7. STEMsaur Cognitory ($120, Ages: 7+)
8. Jimu Robot Meebot Kit ($130, Ages: 8+)  [Rent similar one (Jimu Robot DIY Buzzbot/Muttbot Kit)]

9. Sphero SPRK+ Robot: ($130, Ages: 8+)  [Rent this]
SPRK+ rent
10. MagPi magazine subscription (12 issues for $130)
11. Lego Boost Creative Toolbox building & coding kit ($160, Ages: 7-12)  [Rent this]
Rent Boost

12. Airblock modular, programmable drone ($180, Ages: 8+)
13. Anki's Cozmo robot + Code Lab ($180, Ages: 8+)  [Rent this]
Rent Anki

14. Wonder Workshop Cue robot ($200, Ages: 11+)  [Rent similar one (Wonder Workshop Dash)]
Rent wonder
15. Kano Computer Kit Complete ($250, Ages: 6+)
16. Code Kit from LittleBits ($300, Ages: 8+)  [Rent similar one (LittleBits STEAM Student kit)]
Rent Littlebits

17. pi-top modular laptop + inventors kit ($320, Ages: 8+)