Hi, My DD is in yr 6 and really getting into coding and programming etc. she recently had a lego robot day at school as part of their G&T programme and LOVED it so much she has asked for one for her birthday next month. Trouble is they are ridiculously expensive. I have no idea about any of these sorts of things can anyone recommend anything else along those lines I might be able to get her? She also does Raspberry Pi as an activity at school and loves that too. Hope someone can help. Thanks very much. Blewitt.
Raspberry pis are cheap, about £35 for basic kit and you can get robot arms etc DS had a very old version of lego mindstorms (the robots) and it is worth the money but as you say very expensive, have you looked at second hands ones?
Thanks, some good ideas. Definitely going to get computational fairy tales, thanks mrsCakes. Bruffin, what is so good about the Mindstorms? I have a DS who is very into lego but younger so I think it would get another use if I bought it? Second hand also go for about £200 on ebay. Robot arm looks good too. She has definitely done scratch at school, maybe something we could get at home too. I just do not understand what Pi is, suppose I really should get her to try and explain it to me!
Its very versatile. You can programme things to a fraction of a second. If you look on you tube there are some amazing projects people have made ie rubik cube solving. The age range is from about 10+ but mindstorms is used in 6th forms and universities as well. Nowadays it connects to aps on phones but the one ds had was a remote control with a lead.
My dp (computer programmer) has a raspberry pi and builds complicated things with it (that link all the technology in the house together). My dd1 (14) has one too, and she's just using it for learning simple programming under DP's tuition. It is very versatile.
But not really as cheap as it seems, you can't do very much just with the basic kit, dp and dd have already bought all sorts of other bits and bobs to add in. I've been a bit at the various additional costs (especially for DP who has many computers already).