Sphero SPRK Review – Should You Buy?

Sphero SPRK robot reviewed at www.TheMakerMom.com.

It’s exciting to try new technology shortly after it’s released, but it’s even better seeing the products evolve and improve over time. My boys have enjoyed Sphero and Ollie, but it’s time to welcome the Sphero SPRK Edition, the latest edition to the Sphero family. The Sphero SPRK Edition has all the playfulness and durability of …

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Making Simple Robots Book Review

Kathy Ceceri's Making Simple Robots on www.TheMakerMom.com.

If you have kids under age 10 and you’ve asked me about making robots, chances are I’ve referenced Kathy Ceceri’s book, Robotics. The book is full of basic, highly accessible projects, many of which are surprisingly low-tech, but help children (and their parents) understand robot basics. Now Kathy has taken things up a notch. She partnered with MAKE …

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Ozobot Review

Ozobot is a cool tech gift that teaches coding.

I’m a little late for National Robotics Week and a lot early for the holiday season, but you’re going to want to bookmark this for later. Meet Ozobot, a codeable robot that fits in the palm of your hand. It’s one of the most affordable robots around. Ozobot Review Ozobot has several free associated apps for Android and iOS tablets …

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Meet Dash and Dot, Robots for Young Kids

Read about Dash and Dot Robots from Wonder Company reviewed on www.TheMakerMom.com

Dash and Dot are the new robots for young children from Wonder Workshop. You might have met them as Bo and Yana from Play-i when they were in the Kickstarter phase. Dash and Dot robots and their accessories started shipping in late 2014. The company has not only changed names, but they are busy refining …

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Science Experiments Inspired by Big Hero 6

Science and STEM Projects inspired by Big Hero 6 at www.www.themakermom.com

Big Hero 6 Science Fun Inspired by Honey Lemon and GoGo Tomago Do you love Disney’s Big Hero 6 as much as I do? It’s exciting, adventurous, and features two super smart and highly capable STEM girls. That’s why I’m shining this week’s STEM Girl Friday spotlight on the movie’s Honey Lemon and GoGo Tomago. …

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Circuit Stickers Review: Learn Electronics Basics

Circuit Stickers review from TheMakerMom.com

I received the Circuit Stickers starter pack for review and liked it enough to include the recently released product in my top STEM toys guide. I’m a fan of teaching kids basic electronics. I’ve written raved about products like Snap Circuits and littleBits that help kids, and adults, learn circuitry basics. Circuit Stickers are a fun, …

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Hexbug VEX Robots You Build Yourself Review

Build your own Hexbug VEX robot!

When he was in elementary school, The Young Maker Teen, was a big fan of Hexbug Nano, those tiny robotic bugs that are essentially gussied up bristlebots. I recall looking at him one day surrounded by various “habitats” spread out in our basement with lots of the critters buzzing around thinking, “Wow, he’s spent a …

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