24 Nov Top 10 STEM and Robot Holiday Toys 2018
STEM kits and robots are a growing trend for Holiday toys.
Like in past years, the STEM and robot toy trend is growing rapidly. It just makes a lot of sense for parents to gift their kids something that is not only fun to play with but also teaches them science and coding.
The toy robots get each year more advanced and also new low priced robots push into the segment. You can find robots for each age group starting with the Botley for young kids and Anki Vector for teens.
The robot kits teach kids how to robots work, how to build them and how to code. Below find our top 10 STEM and Robot Holiday toys 2018.
Top 10 STEM and Robot Holiday Toys 2018
1. Anki Vector
The new Vector robot from Anki looks like Cozmo, but is much more advanced. Aware and reactive, Vector evolves with regular updates. Alive with personality, he’s excited to see you and reacts to sound, sight, and touch. Always happy to help, he’ll answer questions, take photos for you, set a timer for dinner, and more. Independent and alert, he self-charges, navigates around objects and avoids edges. He will also be connected to Amazon’s Alexa in an upcoming update. The Anki Vector robot is in stock at amazon.com for $249.99.
US-based littleBits created a superhero kit that combines electronics with coding and the world of Avengers. The kit includes everything kids need to build and customize an interactive electronic Superhero gauntlet: electronic building blocks, LED Matrix, plastic pieces, stickers, and battery. The littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit is in stock at amazon.com for $149.99.
Children as young as 5 can learn to code with Botley. Botley is also 100% screen free; no phone or tablet required. Botley includes a 77-piece activity set, which includes coding cards, detachable arms, interactive obstacles, and code games that are ready for endless hours of fun and learning. Botley robot is available at amazon.com for $62.28.
Unicorns are all the rage this Holiday season. UBTech just released a STEM robot kit that allows kids to build and program a unicorn. Kids can learn to use block coding to program the UnicornBot’s special color sensor using eight magical color cards and more. The Jimu Unicornbot kit is in stock at amazon.com for $119.99.
Kano aims at Harry Potter fans with a STEM kit that enables kids to build their own wand. Children can learn to code with 70+ creative challenges and games. They can “make magic” on a screen, with a wave, flick, and twirl. The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit is compatible with most iOS, Android or Amazon tablets, Mac and Windows PCs. The Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit is on sale at amazon.com for $99.99.
Boxer comes to life right out of the box with no assembly required. When Boxer rolls over and scans one of the 10 game activity cards kids can play Bot Bowling, Soccer, or Laser Tank with this robot. The Boxer robot is on sale that the $69.94 on amazon.com.
7. Sphero Bolt
Bolt is Sphero’s most advanced app-enabled robotic ball to date, providing more tools to express your creative ideas, more ways to experience the power of programming, and endless potential. Bolt’s 8×8 LED light matrix allows you to program your robot to display characters, vector graphics, sensor data, or play games on the matrix itself. Sphero Bolt is in stock at amazon.com for $149.99.
With this kit, children can create buildable, codable robots like DozerBot and DirtBot or design their own JIMU Robot creation. The free JIMU app has step by step, 3D, 360° building instructions. The fun is extended with the blocks coding platform, allowing kids to build and code these robots to perform countless programs and tricks. The UBTECH JIMU Robot Builderbots Series: Overdrive Kit with over 400 parts is available on amazon.com for $119.99.
9. Root Robot
Root is more than a toy, it is an educational tool that develops valuable skills for kids and adults. Coding with Root introduces problem-solving, computational thinking, social interaction, debugging, engineering, technical confidence, mathematics, scientific methods, engineering, music, and art. As skills improve, Root is expandable. Root’s published BLE protocol allows Root experts to create advanced projects using any programming language of their choice. Root’s magnetic top allows you to customize Root with your own 3D printer machines. The Root robot is sold at amazon.com for $199.99.
The Lego Boost Creative Toolbox was launched last year but is still a great STEM toy for kids that are into Lego. This Lego building kit includes over 840 Lego pieces, a Lego Move Hub, interactive motor and a color and distance sensor. The app guides kits through building 5 different models and teaches them how to program the creations. The Lego Boost Creative Toolbox is in stock for $159.99 on amazon.com.
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