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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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Tech Marinade’s Trip to the World Maker Faire! (Part 2)
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 9.26.2013 Editorial
Busting some moves

Busting some moves

Returning to the World Maker Faire with tired legs and shorts this time, Tech Marinade seeked out the Makers that were missed on day one. Check out Part 1 of this feature if you missed out!

Faigle Labs

Making it possible for anyone to build a ridiculously large quad-rotor.

Making it possible for anyone to build a ridiculously large quad-rotor.

Faigle Labs introduced a take on the quad rotor as it presented its first product. What looks like  a mix between GI Joe and Power Ranger Megazords is essentially a kit providing users with the ability to construct their own custom quad rotors. This kit comes with just the control board, users will have to find their own RC helicopters or construct their own rotors. On the bright side, a phone app is available that will allow for increase customize-ability and configuration options.

Non professionals can obtain this kit for free once it hits launch! There will be a charge for commercial use.

Gabotronics

World's Smallest Oscillascopes

World’s Smallest Oscilloscopes

Sporting the world’s smallest oscilloscopes, electrical engineer Gabriel Anzziani and his company Gabotronics seek to provide small tools for makers and engineers. The Xprotolab may be the key to making electrical analysis more accessible and open up the door to more DIY innovations. Anzziani has also recently begun a kickstarter for a more stylish take on the Xprotolab. An oscilloscope watch. You can also read more about Gabotronics here.

You can pick up the Xprotolab for $49.

E&M Labs – Skallops

A fun way to create on the fly

A fun way to create on the fly

Offering creative pathways for children and adults alike to build entertaining contraptions, E&M Labs presented Skallops. These clam-like pieces act as versatile connectors for card based creations or anything else one can imagine. Tech Marinade had a joyous time making planes and a hat that ended up become a mask reminiscent of Bane. E&M Labs have launched a series of successful Kickstarters and is a company to look out for.

You can grab the Junior Set for $19.95!

Vision Education & Media – Robofun

Promoting tech to children, one robotic step at a time

Promoting tech to children, one robotic step at a time

For over 15 years, Laura Allen has been working with teachers and children promoting technology based learning. To accomplish this, Robofun, an educational program teaching robotics and game design to children was started by Vision Education & Media. There are currently over 60 programs around the New York area with funding from many partners and affiliates. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to let their child explore their technological interests.

VoltSet

Making smart phones even smarter

Making smart phones even smarter

Bringing more ease to the maker and engineer, Tom Wang created the VoltSet smartphone multimeter. This device being no larger than a deck of cards allows for increased effectiveness and lowered encumbrance that many of the brick like multimeters cannot provide. The VoltSet is currently available for preorder from the main website. You can read more about our thoughts here.

More to come…

We have seen some fascinating creations at the World Maker Faire and have met even more fascinating people! Detailed articles on our finds, even ones mentioned here, will be rolling out over the next week.

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