Robots for kids: Best STEM kits and other tech gifts for hackers of all ages

All the signs were there. If my parents knew then what parents know now, they would have been prepared. But back in the 1960s and 1970s, the maker movement was still far in the future. Robots were something you only saw in movies and awesome TV shows (or as my Mom would often put it, “What in the world are you watching?”). Telling her that Lost in Space wasn’t “in the world” tended to get me the All Powerful Glare of Motherly Annoyance.

But now, if a kid is a natural tinkerer, there are positive outlets for their inclination. There are great STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) kits and toys that can ignite a kid’s interest and focus it on learning, while at the same time making learning fun.

In this guide, we’re focusing mostly on the technology and engineering areas, providing you with some great kits and toys that teach and inspire programming and making with robots and digital technology.

LEGO Robotics for kids

Recommended age: 8-21

If you’re talking about robotics and kids, the very best place to start is LEGO. LEGO has long been an innovator not only in

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