Build it and light it up with the Creative Coder Kit. This tech toy lets kids build and control a wearable device using simple block-based coding. Once kids build the wearable, they connect it to free coding software and then code different games that cause the device to blink and light up with movement. Turn it into a light sword, use it as a bike light, play a hot potato game, or just wear it on your wrist and watch it light up as you run and jump around.
The kit includes casing and battery pack, a snapband, a Velcro strap, a micro USB cable, free coding software access, and brain and light PCBs. Instructions for assembling everything and downloading the software can be found online.
This gets kids thinking creatively and using problem-solving skills, and because the lights on the device respond to movement, it will also get kids active. We like that there are several projects to get kids started, but as kids become more familiar with the coding software, they can experiment and create their own programs.
The Creative Coder Kit is for curious kids ages 8 and up.
Assembly of the device is pretty easy, though there may be a few steps that require adult assistance.
This runs on a rechargeable battery, and a USB cord is included for charging.
The free software works on Mac and Windows computers.
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