Tag: coding

Teach your girls (and boys) how to code with Wonder Woman.

If you’ve got budding coders and STEM lovers in your home, they can now practice their skills on a few scenes from Wonder Woman thanks to a new collaboration with DC Legends, Google Play, and Made With Code. Related: A cool STEM coding toy we had our kids put to the test Kids can head over to their website and check out this interactive coding project where they can code three scenes from the Wonder Woman movie. And, no high level skills needed; this is a great opp to encourage kids (especially girls) to give coding a try. With a...

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Mover Kit: A new wearable STEM coding toy we had our kids put to the test

You’ll find no shortage of STEM kits for kids these days, many of which, like Bitsbox and Little Passports’ new Science Expeditions (just to name a couple), we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Tech. So, when our editor Kristen discovered the new Mover Kit, a wearable STEM coding toy, at Toy Fair this year, we wanted to have one of our kids use it to see if it’s really worth the $61 price tag. Related: 12 cool gifts for kids who love STEM The Mover Kit includes everything your child needs to build a LED light they can wear on their wrist (with a...

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7 smart, cool coding books for kids that have us saying, “Go get on your screens!”

After seeing what Kristen’s kids did with Bitsbox, a cool coding subscription box for kids we featured awhile ago (and who was a sponsor over the holidays), my kids are now obsessed with the idea of creating their own apps. In fact, it’s piqued their interest in all things STEM, so I’ve been looking for some cool coding books for kids that might take them to the next level. Whether your kid wants to learn coding concepts in general, or is more excited about completing a specific DIY project with their new coding skills, these books will likely keep their interest going strong....

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Sprite Box: Code Hour is our cool free app of the week.

We love finding cool toys and apps that do a great job teaching our kids the basics of coding, since it’s a language we expect they’ll want (and need) to know when they’re adults. When they’ve got great design and fun play through too, it’s even better. The updated Sprite Box: Code Hour app (iOS and Android) has all that, plus it’s totally free. Related: 5 cool TV shows for kids that are all about STEM Related: A cool way to teach kids how to code Sprite Box, which is a new app from the makers of one of our favorite math apps Lightbot, teaches the...

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#GivingTuesday scoop: How will.i.am is getting kids excited about STEM

We all know that access to expansive STEM education is essential for kids growing up today. It not only introduces what are now the basic skills needed to thrive in a high-tech world, but it has the potential to open up unlimited career opportunities to those kids who find their passion lies in areas like science, coding, math — and even music, graphic design, filmmaking,  and really,  problem solving of all kinds. So I am really taken with the work of the i.am.angel foundation, founded by musician, producer, entrepreneur and committed philanthropist, will.i.am. And in honor of Giving Tuesday, I hope it will be another worthy, impactful foundation...

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Cubetto: A robot that teaches kids to code, even before they can read. No screens required.

You know how much we love to find a cool, innovative STEM toys for kids at Cool Mom Tech. Well, we think the brand new Cubetto robot by Primo Toys definitely belongs on wish lists this holiday season, especially if you’re shopping for preschoolers. Get this: Your young kids can learn programming with Cubetto before they even learn to read. How cool is that? Cubetto is a boxy wooden robot on wheels with a cute little smile. By using the coding blocks on the control board, kids direct Cubetto’s movements forward, right or left. Of course, these are very basic coding principles, but learning them early will let...

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Game Developer Barbie is here, she’s hip, and she actually knows how to code.

The folks at Mattel have been pretty busy this year, with a new girl power rebranding campaign, a line of curvy Barbies launched with much fanfare, and even a Misty Copeland Barbie that flew off the shelves. Well now, a mere 24 years after Barbie uttered “math class is tough!” and got hammered for it, and 19 months after pulling the Computer Engineering Barbie book in which Barbie was only capable of creating “design ideas” and needed the help of “Steven and Brian” to turn them into real games, silly billy! we’re seeing the launch of the Barbie Careers Game Developer...

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5 online coding summer camps for kids that turn screen time educational

Even with school out for summer, that doesn’t mean learning has to go on vacation too. If you’ve got a computer-crazy kid who’s interested in the creativity that comes from learning to code, there are so many great resources online. You can always start with  your local youth service programs which may be offering coding camps right in your town. But if you’re looking for something a little more digital, I’ve put together some of the best online coding camps for kids of all ages.   Connected Camps Created by three women with tech backgrounds, Connected Camps offer week-long sessions for themes like Game Design,...

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Osmo Coding is screen time you can feel good about.

I’m convinced the reason my kids keep going back to play Osmo, one of our favorite educational tools for kids, is its brilliant mashup of digital elements and tangible controls they can actually touch and move around on the table. If you’re not familiar with it, read some of our previous reviews of Osmo to find out how this innovative toy works. It’s really very cool. But their newest game, Osmo Coding, might be the coolest yet. I’m a big believer that all our kids need to learn coding, and this is a great entry point for everyone — including me. The gameplay is...

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The Mover Kit: The first wearable for kids they code and design themselves.

Over the past couple years, it has been incredible to witness all the awesome new ways we have to introduce our kids to STEM. And now we’ve come across another really cool product called Mover Kit, the first wearable for kids that they can code themselves. Cool! Launched just recently on Kickstarter (and already past its fundraising goal) Mover Kit is a completely customizable and creative project that lets kids be the programmer of their own designs  and movement. And we know it will be awesome because it’s from the folks behind the successful Technology Will Save Us, who we fell in love with at...

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