Created by Pai Technology, Botzees introduces children ages four and older to programming using augmented reality (AR). What makes Botzees a great STEM toy is not only do kids get to build their own robot, they can write the code needed to make the robot move and talk.
Earlier this year, Parentology writer Eyal Alony reviewed Botzees, says his son “particularly enjoyed the coding aspect because it was something he hadn’t experienced before, and because it presented him with a challenge that he was eager to tackle.”
Using visual cues, this early introduction to coding through tactile learning gives young children problem-solving skills. The toy also teaches the basics of programming, setting kids up for success with skills they’ll need throughout their school years.
Magna-Tiles build confidence by allowing kids to use their imagination and thinking skills to create unlimited two and three-dimensional shapes. These 3-D magnetic tiles come in all shapes and sizes that can be erected in endless ways as kids develop their spatial and engineering skills. On Wired’s list of recommended STEM toys, Magna-Tiles come in both basic and expansion building sets.
Barbie’s STEM Careers
Many toy manufacturers are making moves to bridge the gender gap. Among them, Mattel’s Barbie line of dolls with STEM-related careers that are focused on supporting girls and showing them they can achieve anything. Added to the mix is the Thames & Kosmos Barbie STEM kit that comes with 10 experiments for exploring engineering, biology, physics, and even optical illusions.