Welcome to Whiz Kids Robotics – Robotics for Kids!
- The one-stop-shop to find the best robotics for kids and the kid at heart. We cover toy robots, robot kits, electronic pets, programmable robots, and robotics books. After sorting through the ever-widening options of robotics for kids, we recommend only the very best.
- A portal for ultimate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education resources and robotics guides. To help you get hard to find information in one place, we have compiled 319 STEM websites on STEM activities, apps and games, camps and after school programs, contests and more, which are grouped by girls, elementary, middle and high school, as well as state-by-state lists of STEM programs and robotics programs.
Here are our top picks of toy robots and robot kits for kids currently on the market.
Best Toy Robots for Kids
- Tiny replica of Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s BB-8 droid
- Moves and responds to obstacles with life-like motions and sound effects
- Responds to voice commands
- Easy-to-use mobile app paired with the Star Wars sound effects, graphics and animations to control the bot
- Choice of three different modes of play: patrol- watch the Droid explore autonomously, drive- make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 , or message- create and view holographic recordings.
- Adaptive personality with unique attitude and actions evolve as you interact.
- Recommended age: 8+.
- With his unique dual wheel balancing system, Mip navigates his surroundings
- Mip can be programmed with hand gestures and can even follow objects around
- Mip can be controlled with an iOS/Android device for more complex navigation
- MiP’s inquisitive and responsive personality is communicated through motion, sounds, and RGB LED eyes
- Watch MiP balance multiple objects while moving or standing still
- Multiple robotic modes including roam, stacking, dance, and programming
- Recommended age: 8+.
- Adorable bots with brains can be fun playmates as well as useful desk pets
- The bots arrive fully assembled. Use an iPad or Android tablet to access free apps that control them
- Dash & Dot interact with the world using sensors. They can hear sounds and detect objects
- Smart robots can actually teach kids ages 5+ to code as they play
- The easy-to-use drag-and-drop programming language, Blockly, provides a low floor but a high ceiling for coding
- Program Dash & Dot to do anything imaginable, from basic movements to following complex sequences and instructions
- Add-ons extend the fun: play a song, take videos, add LEGO® bricks and more.
- Recommended age: 5+.
- A programmable robot that fits in a pocket. Winner of “Best Robot” at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show & 2014 International Toy Fair.
- Sees colors, follows lines and detects intersections on shapes drawn on paper and digital screens, and changes commands based on color of the lines: spinning, speeding up or slowing down, and other tricks
- Can read and perform over 1,000 instructions. Works with apps including maze games, race tracks, and an executive decision-maker style novelty
- Coding Ozobot with Ozoblockly, an easy-to-use block-based programming language, enables kids to learn programming while playing
- Recommended age: 8+.
Best Robot Kits for Kids
- Can be transformed into 14 different robot modes
- Provides unique accessories and parts that make a robot move on land or water or both
- All of the 14 robots are powered by the sun and move in direct sunlight, so no batteries are required
- Teach green technology and renewable energy sources besides robotics
- Two levels of building skills required so the beginner and experienced robot builder will be equally engaged
- Recommended age: 10+.
- Very affordable robotic arm that won’t take more than a couple hours to finish
- Command the Robotic Arm Edge for multiple movements and functions
- Robotic arm gripper opens and closes
- Movement includes radial wrist motion of 120°, an extensive elbow range of motion of 300°, base rotation of 270°, base motion of 180°
- Remote controlled out of the box; programmable when adding USB interface cable and software
- No soldering required
- Recommended age: 10+.
- Originally developed at MIT, the third incarnation of LEGO robotics comes with a full curriculum dedicated to teaching programming
- A kid can progressively learn about the various areas of robotics and build several kinds of robots
- Intuitive icon-based drag-and-drop programming interface and step-by-step instructions provide a fun learning experience for young kids
- Intelligent EV3 Brick, 3 interactive servo motors, remote control, color sensor, touch sensor, infrared sensor, and 550+ LEGO Technic elements
- Recommended age: 10+
- Take advantage of the versatile, modular, tool-less construction system to build and program robots
- Follow step-by-step instructions to learn the basics, and then use that knowledge to build anything you can imagine.
- Robot Brain with 12 self-configuring input/output ports, four smart motors, 750+ pieces, one color sensor, one bumper switch sensor, one touch LED sensor, built in rotational sensors on the motors, and video game style remote control
- Includes free VEX IQ curriculum
- Recommended age: 8+
Robotics for Beginners
How to get started with robotics for kids? Want to know the tips, our recommended approach and action items? You can check out our guide on robotics for beginners and kids.
Robotics for Kids Camp
Looking for a quality robotics camp or after school program? We have put together a state-by-state list of robotics summer camps and after school programs to start your search.
The Benefits of Robotics for Kids
With advances in technology, robots are becoming more accessible, entering homes and schools. Kids love robots, but then again, who doesn’t? As a parent you may want a better picture of the benefits of robotics for kids.
- First, robotics for kids are cool and fun. A toy robot is a smart toy with a brain. It may stretch the boundaries of what a toy can do. A robot may act or respond based upon a kid’s commands or requests. Robots can definitely be extremely entertaining.
- Robots are companions and friends. When a kid can’t have a pet, an animal-like robot can be his electronic pet. The kid can train the pet as he trains a regular pet. The robot will do tricks, show love and even throw tantrums. Zoomer Puppy, Miposaur and Furby are popular electronic pets currently on the market, just to name a few. A humanoid robot, with its personalities and human-like looks, will easily win a kid’s heart and be his best friend. One of our favorite humanoid robot toys is MiP. Kids have said MiP helps combat loneliness.
- Robotics for kids makes a kid’s imagination run wild. Kids have been fascinated with the notion of robots, fictional or real. The birth of a robot demonstrates the miracle transformation of a lifeless machine to a complex human-like creature. The potential of what a robot can be and do is only limited by our imagination. For kids especially, robots may represent the future and even appear as superheros. The currently best selling Sphero BB-8 droid was born in the magic of Star Wars™.
- Robotics for kids is a fun way to teach kids invaluable skills and knowledge. This one is huge! A Kid’s interactions with robots have extended from entertainment to education. Kids can build their own robot and bring it to life, and program the robot to move and respond to their commands. Learning while doing something enjoyable can be a great way to learn which is why more and more K-12 educational STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses and programs are centered around robotics than ever before. Building and programming a robot stimulates a child’s creativity and develops so many necessary skills, such as problem-solving, goal-oriented thinking, maintaining focus, teamwork, persistence, to name a few. Also, it probably goes without saying that the technology, engineering and programming knowledge kids acquire along the way may help lead to a career or a lifelong pleasure.
- Robotics helps kids develop more confidence in themselves. Kids who begin learning robotics early often develop a positive attitude towards taking on challenging tasks in science and other areas. Working with robotic components and programming robots may take practice and will probably not go smoothly the very first time. But the feelings of accomplishment from achieving something previously thought to be impossible will create a new level of confidence for kids that will make all the work worth the effort. This confidence will help stimulate a lifelong passion for learning.
- Robots can be a great help for all kids, including kids with disabilities. Robots are not just for advanced kids. As shown in a number of recent reports by the BBC, there is growing evidence that robots can help autistic children not only learn but improve their communication skills. A robot to help an ADD or autistic child stay focused on schoolwork would surely be a welcome addition to many families.
- Lastly and again, robotics for kids are cool and fun. No matter if your kid’s favorite robot is a toy for him to play, or a robot kit that he can use to build a custom robot, or a programmable robot that he can write his own code to direct the robot’s action, the kid will have fun. Isn’t that what we as parents want the most for our children?