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The 5 Gifts You Can Give Your DIY Prodigies
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 12.3.2013 Holiday

This holiday season instead of fighting to get your kid the new console, why not try these DIY gifts? Help inspire creativity amongst your loved ones as these gifts teach engineering and construction. The possibilities are endless with many of these choices and can open up the door to becoming different toys with a little bit of creativity.

Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Jr.

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Your kid can learn about circuit construction with this safe kit by Elenco Electronics. Having received the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and numerous other awards, the Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. allows for over 100 different projects to be built. With the snapping feature of the parts, the kit also poses no risk from soldering or any other risks involved with circuit construction. This kit is perfect for the child that likes to tinker and make robots. The Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Jr. can be purchased for $20.55.

Maker’s Toolbox

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And if you have a child that already wants to move into building robots, you can look to Maker’s Toolbox for two great options. You can purchase either the Scribbler or the Cardboard Proptractor kits. The Scribbler is an adorably jittery robot standing on four markers that can scribble around on a sheet of paper or whiteboard when activated. The Cardboard Proptractor is a robot that can be controlled. It uses two propellers that can move it forward and change its direction with the flip of a switch. If you want to know more, we wrote an article on Maker’s Toolbox earlier and you can check out their online store! The Scribbler can be purchased at $25.00 and the Cardboard Proptractor at $35.00.

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littleBits Orchestrate A Modular Harmony That Is Pleasant To The Ears And Mind
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 11.11.2013 News

We are moving into an age of creativity and customization; two worlds that are quickly reaching a convergence. The waves of artistic submissions found on numerous social media sites such as Vine, Instagram, and YouTube foster an evolving community, with passive collaborative inspiration in the form of memes fueling it. Businesses today are focusing more on the unique and small numbered rather than the vast quantities of uniform goods. Consumers want to change their products, to make them their own, as seen by increased customizability in products like the iPhone 5C. This uniqueness coupled with the desire to share the results of creative forging is greeted by an open source population of musical modules known as littleBits.

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