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LittleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kits

Invent 'til your heart's content with the Gizmos and Gadgets Kit. (Photo credit: LittleBits)

The latest kit by LittleBits — Gizmos and Gadgets — is perfect for budding inventors. It comes with everything you need to complete 12 projects, including a bubble blower, wireless doorbell, rotating light, and a two-wheeled, remote-controlled robot. Instructions for hundreds of other projects that make …

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Special Joints Transform Household Objects Into a Robot

HandiMate helps kids build robots with any material sitting around the house. (Photo Credit: Purdue University)

Purdue University Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karthik Ramani has developed a new robot toy for kids called the HandiMate robot toolkit Unlike conventional kits that require kids to build a robot according to its manual, HandiMate—designed for ages 10 to 15—can be created with any material …

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Investigate Light and Sound with Buzz the Pixel Pal

Buzz's adorable LED eyes and speaker are easy to solder and program. (Photo credit: Soldering Sunday.)

Soldering Sunday has launched a new Pixel Pal! Named Buzz, this STEAM project is perfect for those who want to learn how to soldering an program — but don’t have a ton of time. Buzz’s cute factor makes soldering far less intimidating. Even novices can solder …

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BARE Conductive’s Robot Parade

Paint a circuit to make an cool robot picture light up! (Photo credit: BARE Conductive.)

Looking for an engaging STEAM experience for middle schoolers? The BARE Conductive’s Robot Parade comes with everything you for up to 30 students. Each participant will paint their own circuit, using the black, puffy electric paint that made BARE Conductive famous. The activity introduces students to …

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Light Up Flower Craft for Kids

A beautiful bouquet of E-felt flowers will shine for about a month before the battery will need to be changed. (Photo credit: Soldering Sunday)

Looking for a fun, easy way to explore STEM basics with young children? Check out the E-Flower Kit from Soldering Sunday. Children as young as 8 have completed this craft in a half an hour, while learning about LEDs, batteries, and circuits. (Note that this kit …

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Robotic Art Project Tries to Learn from Audience

Axel Tidemann, their robot [self.], and Øyvind Brandtsegg. (Photo credit: Ole Morten Melgård, NTNU.)

There have been numerous attempts to create a robot that learns the same way as a child. What makes a new project out of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) different, is that one of the primary researchers is a professor of music. “We’re …

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Get a Feel For Electronics with Squishy Circuits

Instructions for this and other Squishy Circuits are available on the company's Website. (Photo credit: Squishy Circuits.)

If you’re eager to explore basic electronics in an out-of-the-box way and have an artistic bent, you’ll likely love a Squishy Circuits Kit. The concept behind the kit is simple: create one dough that conducts electricity and one dough that does not, then use the doughs …

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Sparkfun Gram Piano Kit

While this piano only has 8 keys, users can change the octave by turning the potentiometer. (Photo credit: Sparkfun.)

Looking for a fun soldering project that does more than light up? The SparkFun Gram Piano Kit will have you singing a happy tune in no time! Once built, the piano’s capacitive resistance keys respond to your touch. Tap one of the eight keys and the …

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A Smaller Makey Makey

Use anything conductive as a button with the single-input Makey Makey Go. (Photo credit: Makeymakey.com)

You probably remember the original Makey Makey as the device that made computing hilarious because it lets you use anything conductive as a button. The new Makey Makey Go now brings that same hilarity to a smaller format. Designed by PhDs from MIT, the device is …

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Super Awesome Sylvia’s WaterColorBot 2.0

Need an extra copy of your latest vector image? WaterColorBot 2.0 can paint lots of identical copies for you. (Photo credit: Evil Mad Scientist.)

This artistic CNC machine can work in two ways: it can paint based on completed vector artwork, or work along with you as you sketch. It can use a variety of mediums too, including pens, pencils and watercolor paints. Two little motors built into the wooden …

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Paint Touch Sensors Right on to Your Bot

Paint and play with Bare Conductive! (Photo credit: Sparkfun.)

Bare Conductive’s Electric Paint ($24.95) is the perfect way to make a robot’s exterior interactive. The paint works just like a button. When correctly connected to the necessary electronics, touching the paint can trigger all kinds of actions. Design paintable buttons that turn on LEDs, play …

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Learn to Solder with CHIP the Robot

CHIP is ready to shine in his Power Pixel base. (Photo credit: Soldering Sunday.)

While there are many starter soldering kits on the market, most don’t integrate coding. What makes CHIP notable — aside for his adorable face — is the fact that he’s programmable. Once you’ve finished soldering all of CHIPs parts, he can be plugged into an Arduino …

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The Arduino-Compatible Scamper Robot Kit

The basic, assembled Scamper robot. (Photo courtesy of Dagu Hi-Tech Electronics.)

The Scamper Robot Kit looks like a lot of fun for those who enjoy integrating art and robotics. Among other things, the bot can be used to draw programmed patterns. The creators of the bot have even been experimenting with using a 100 mL syringe to release …

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