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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:52 pm 
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Has anyone got any good ideas for good technology kits for a 13 year old. My 13 year old has been taking apart old radios, printers, cameras etc but now would like a kit or something for Christmas to work on. Any ideas? Science and Technology not my strong suit...... :roll:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:53 pm 
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Lego mindstorm?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:16 pm 
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We've looked at that but not wanting so much programming......more building and adapting........


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 11:27 pm 
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I've just had a very quick look on amazon at Lego mindstorm, thinking they might be great for DS2. £300?? :(


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:27 am 
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I got mine cheaper on eBay. However if programming isn't his thing...


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:56 am 
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I found this while looking for something similar for my 13 yr old. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/26164178 ... 0&ff14=108
There are plenty of similar kits such as these. Finally we got him a graphic programming course.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:58 am 
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You might find something in Maplins, for example

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/electronics-kit-n94ch

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:49 pm 
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I was just about to start a thread on Lego Mindstorm, but then I spotted this one and thought I'd hitch a ride...

Can anyone give me views on the system? We are considering buying some for DD2 - she's utterly Lego mad, and also loves programming using Scratch and other module-based systems. The girl never stops making stuff, and just tends to think in 3D, so I think she could have a lot of fun with creations that can also move around.

Obviously it's pretty pricey stuff, but as she has a birthday in December, and insists that she "won't ask for anything else at all, promise", we are considering a combined christmas/birthday present. But I really don;t want to waste that sort of money if it's not likely to have enduring appeal.

She doesn't have a computer or tablet etc of her own, but I have an old Mac that can probably be purged and used for the software.

If anyone's kids have used Mindstorm and love/hate it, I would really appreciate your thoughts :)

Thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:57 pm 
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If she likes scratch then from what I remember the programming style for mindstorms is very similar.
My DD has used scratch in the past, and when I installed the mindstorm software (also onto a Mac) she had no problems getting to grips with it.

Have you heard of First Lego league? If she gets really into it it might be worth encouraging her school (or some other local group like scouts etc) to enter next year, have a google and you'll find all sorts of info and YouTube videos. I will be refereeing the regional heats here in December as I did last year. The year before that I was a teamwork judge. The competition is more than just the robot game, there's a theme to each year and they do a project as well.

(Sounds like your DD is an engineer in the making, :D and that always makes me happy. Please encourage as much as possible, we need more engineers.)


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 3:05 pm 
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What about a raspberry pi ...

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

It can be programmed using scratch or python.


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