By: Ethan Z.

In our new and advanced world, many new inventions are incredibly innovative, yet many people have never heard of them. Even those who know about some of these inventions, most don’t know there are toys for kids that teach them to code. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors have found ways to teach kids how to code, in the form of toys. Many of these have been created, such as the Code-A-Pillar, a caterpillar shaped robot that has multiple segments, each segment containing a command, for example turn left or go forward. Kids can rearrange the segments causing the Code-A-Pillar to do different things and teach the kids coding. Another one is the Ozobot, but these are made for a higher age because of the harder coding and complicated use. These robots use a iPad app called “Ozobots” and “Ozobots Dance” which are completely free, but the Ozobots cost about $60. Another coding toy that is directed to higher ages are the LEGO Boost Robotics Creative Toolbox, which are multiple LEGO robots that move and can be coded to do certain things. These robots are mostly directed to higher ages because it is harder to code programs using it, and it is made of legos, making it more difficult for minor. Many people haven’t heard about these toys, but if you’re looking for a great present, now you know where to start!

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