As the global approach intensifies in computer curricula and parents continue to push their children toward STEM issues in the hope that it will provide them with better opportunities later in life, the proliferation of "kits Coding "aimed at children keeps up.  Much of this seeks to teach the fundamentals of programming in an age-appropriate manner, often incorporating robots or a drag-and-drop coding interface, such as MIT Scratch.
An interesting example of this is Robo Wunderkind, whose creators are currently making noise in Kickstarter.
At the core of this programming kit is a collection of sensors and modular motors, which users can connect simply by putting them together. The components are locked enough to be comfortably grabbed by more clumsy and younger fingers. Then, if the user wishes, they can decorate their creation with Lego, giving it a unique design.
What is particularly interesting about Robo Wunderkind is its programming approach. While many kits are typecast to a specific age group, Robo Wunderkind encompasses some, offering several different programming interfaces that vary in complexity and sophistication.
Users as young as five can control their creation by building their own control panel and pressing each button to see what happens. It is designed to function independently of the child's reading ability.
The next step is a bit more sophisticated and introduces the child to concepts such as flow, iteration and conditionals. The robot is programmed through a drag-and-drop interface, but it is still mainly visual in nature and does not have much written text.
Older children can program the device through a block-based programming language based on Blockly and Scratch, while for more advanced users, the device comes with an API compatible with Python and Arduino. This exposes the main functionality of the device, while allowing the user to gain an experience similar to real-world commercial environments.
At the time of writing this article, Robo Wunderkind had raised more than £ 9,000 from its goal of £ 39,000. Sponsors can get a unit for $ 149, a 25 percent discount on the usual retail price of $ 199.
Of course, we would be negligent in our obligations if we don't remind you that crowdfunding campaigns always have an element of risk. Only support this if you feel comfortable with the possibility of delays or possible failures. ®
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