It’s becoming more important to teach your kids basic programming skills from an early age. With technology taking over our lives there’s already a shortage of coders and people in STEM fields, let alone when the current generation grows up.
Schools are slowly adapting to this trend by introducing programming classes. But as a parent it’s good to know there’s an increasing amount of new toys that allow your kid to get familiar with coding concepts from an early age.
It’s easy to get lost among all the coding toys, that’s why we’ve selected the best STEM toys that teach kids basic programming skills.
Cozmo Robot by Anki
Anki, makers of the autonomous Vector robot that we featured earlier, also have a similar looking robot available for teaching kids A.I. and coding. The cute Cozmo robot is already quite capable out of the box. He will recognize your face, say fun stuff and play different games with you. The actual coding part is powered by Anki’s Code Lab. With this software, that runs on your tablet you can program the robot to do whatever you like.
There are three levels in Code Lab; a beginner sandbox, an intermediate constructor level and a full Python SDK if you already are familiar with the Python programming language.
- Box includes Cozmo robot, three cubes and a charger
- 30fps VGA camera with facial recognition
- Play games and guide Cozmo in Explorer mode
- Program Cozmo in Code Lab (suitable for beginners)
- Controlled by free Cozmo app, available on iOS and Android devices
- Recommended for age 8 and up
Little Sophia – a Robot That Teaches Girls How to Code
Following the initiatives to have more women working in tech it’s good to see there are also toys to persuade girls to start coding. Little Sophia is one such example. Little Sophia is modelled after its bigger sister Sophia the robot, the most advanced humanoid on the world, which is also created by Hanson Robotics.
Little Sophia walks, talks and has a wide range of