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Toys that teach your kids STEM skills

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All parents want to make sure their kids have a great Christmas. And toys can actually be used as a learning tool to teach important STEM skills.

Sidharth Oberoi, the President of Zaniac is telling about some of the best toys that your kids will want this Christmas.

MiP Robot: Price: $99.99. Short for Mobile Inverted Pendulum, MiP is a fully interactive robot friend able to navigate its surroundings while controlled by hand movements using GestureSense™ technology. Kids can control MiP using a Bluetooth link to any smart device running MiP's free app. MiP has an inquisitive and responsive personality that is communicated through motion, sound, and its LED "eyes." Kids can drive MiP, play games, or teach MiP to dance! Attach its tray accessory, and MiP can balance multiple objects while moving or standing still. Ages 8 and up.

Makey Makey: Price: $49.95. Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or piano on bananas? With Makey Makey, kids can alligator clip the Internet to their world and start inventing the future. This is an invention kit for the 21st century, where you can turn everyday objects - like a banana, a staircase, pencil drawings - into touchpads with the aid of alligator clips and a USB cable, then combine them with the internet to create anything. After kids get the hang of it, they can make game controllers, musical instruments, and inventions. Ages 8 and up.

Raspberry Pi: Price: $69.99. The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It's a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It's capable of doing everything you'd expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to word-processing and playing games. Ages 8 and up.

littleBits Premium Kit: Price: $149.95. This electronic building block kit allows kids to build, remix and hack their world for fun. The kit comes with 14 littleBits modules that can be attached together with magnets, letting kids create amazing tech¬-infused devices with easy, step¬-by-¬step instruction that combine electronics, robotics and everyday objects to make a range of creations. Children can easily create a way to easily control a servo's position, make a back massager, or even transform sound into light. littleBits is a library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. These simple, intuitive, space-sensitive blocks make prototyping with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. Ages 8 and up.

Dash and Dot Robot Pack: Price: $199.95. Dash and Dot are real robots for children that are responsive to their world. Kids can bring them to life with free apps available on iOS and Android. Dash and Dot come with hundreds of exciting coding adventures and projects available in Wonder and Blockly apps. Kids can use their Apple or Android smart phone or tablet to program Dash to move, dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and even react to their voice. With the revolutionary free app Wonder, children can program Dash to be the real robot pet, pal or sidekick of their dreams. Kids program Dot's lights, sounds, and sensors in the apps and see Dot come to life. Together, you can use the Blockly app to make Dash and Dot work together! Ages 8 and up.

VEX Robotics Hexcalator Ball Machine: Price: $29.99 . This construction kit challenges kids to build a roller coaster style ball machine. Using a Kinetic Knob, the wheels spin together to set the ball machine into action. Each crank send the balls upward and around the track. Ages 8 and up.

You can find more information, and other ways to get your kids involved in coding and technology by going to

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