The era of the Lincoln Log set is officially over. Smart toy manufacturers have stepped it up for our children and it’s pretty exciting. Introducing Cubroid – an innovative collection of coding blocks that are not only compatible with LEGO’s; but more importantly, teach children the basics of programming through MIT Media Labs’ Scratch application. Classrooms have already begun integrating S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lesson plans across the U.S.

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The LEGO-compatible Mabot robot building kit is an action-packed set of components that allow kids free-range of creativity. Equipped with two iOS/Android compatible apps that guide children through every step of the building process, the Mabot Robot Kit strikes the perfect balance of logical reasoning and entertainment. To see a first-graders reaction to seeing their robot creation scurry across the floor is priceless. The sense of accomplishment of building something from scratch extends beyond the home and into the classroom.

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Whether you want your robot to dance anytime your smartphone buzzes or have Hexa give you the full weather forecast/traffic report the moment your alarm goes off, Vincross’ Linux-based MIND system gives beginner programmers an open-SDK platform for creativity. Equipped with a full suite of sensors that include voice activation, Hexa is only limited by the programmer’s imagination.

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From the starter kit that includes 162 building blocks and 14 sensors/actuators to the advanced kit that lets you build all 23 Robot recipes, the KOOV introduces young inventors to the world of programming in the most engaging way imaginable. Considered to be one of the smartest toys hitting the market in November (2017), KOOV is a next-generation robotics kit designed to develop spatial awareness skills using 3D coding blocks.

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