Littlebits Droid Inventors has finally developed the first STEM toys that works. Many have been watching STEM and their toys with keen interest and great skepticism. While many parents and teachers report great success with other programming toys such as Cleverbot and STEMs latest invention, others kids and parents find their toys to be boring and just no fun.
The same feelings were expressed for the notoriously fiddly LittleBits kits. These kits came with little electronic parts you could snap together while it allowed you to create circuits and connect chips in order to build various projects of your choice. With it, you could make synthesizers, Arduino gadgets, and robots. However, with the new device created by LittleBits has finally pulled off STEM toys magic with the all new Droid Inventor.
The kit is deceptively simple. It features a few components including a driving and steering motor as well as a proximity sensor and a wireless unit that connects to your phone. The kit comes with a plastic R2D2 body including removable legs and head along with stickers that let you choose between red or blue R2 units and even white stickers that let your kids color their own robot.
Assembling the project is easy and the included mounting box makes it easy to lay out your circuit and connect to a power source without worrying about pinched wires or short-circuits. Once your droid is assembled you follow a set of instructions on the mobile app to teach your robot to follow you, simulate force pushes, and other cute games.
The STEM toys are a welcome change from most toys as it is a compelling and fun kit that is connected to a very popular franchise that acts as both a learning experience and a toy.
It is safe to say that LittleBits have finally gotten the STEM toys formula right. This gadget which goes for $99 is easy to build, fun, and potentially educational. It is essentially like a really simple Star Wars Lego kit with far smarter tech.
While the toy may not make your child a genius, it will actually teach them the basics of circuits and help them understand the nice things that small components can do. And who knows, it may expose them to a career they may fancy much later in life.