Makers. If you know what it means, hey, you know.
For those who don't, 'making' is a combination of computer coding and hands-on invention that is an amazing way to satisfy your creativeness. Maker clubs and conferences are found all across North America, but it can be a bit of an intimidating world to enter if you're a first-timer.
How do you code? What wires and circuits do I need? How can I connect it to my phone?
You get the idea.
That's why kits like the Inventor series from littleBits are so great. They understand that sometimes all you need is a little push and some guidance to discover a new passion. And if you can combine this all with the iconic robots from Star Wars, well, sign us up!
We gave the littleBits Droid Inventor kit to OWL reader Ruby, 11, a Grade 6 student who is keen to start some maker magic of her own. What did she think? Read her terrific review for yourself!
Hi. My name's Ruby. I'm 11 years old and in grade 6. I reviewed the littleBits Droid Inventor kit and it was great! For those of you who haven't heard of this toy, it's an immersive hands-on coding and building toy. Just like in the Star Wars movies, you get to build, code, and personalize your very own droid. I built the droid with a friend to make it a lot more fun.
When I opened the box, all of the pieces were organized and there was no confusion as to which pieces were which. The instructions were in the app, which was good and bad; good because it saves paper, but bad because it takes time just to start building your droid. Once we downloaded the app, the instructions were easy to understand so the robot was fairly easy to build. The one criticism I would have for the building process is that the pieces were not easy to snap together.
After the robot was built, we got to put stickers on it to personalize our robot. We went with red and black stickers and named our robot NORMAN THE SECOND! The app was easy-to-use and the coding was lots of fun. The app has different levels for you to complete. One of my favourite levels was one where you attached a marker to the droids’ back and moved it around on paper so it could draw.
I would recommend this toy for ages 7-11. Overall, I think this toy is a great start for kids who want to learn how to code. Even if you don't like to code, this toy has something for everybody. Whether it's building, coding, or a love of Star Wars, everybody can find something they like about this kit.
Thanks for the review, Ruby—it really helped us get a feel for it!
What do you think? Are you interested in making your own bot?
YES?! Well then you'll want to enter the contest below!
Enter for a chance to WIN a littleBits Droid Inventor kit
We're giving away one of these kits to a lucky OWLconnected reader like yourself! Ready for it?
To enter, just comment below with your answer to the following question:
If you could invent anything, what would it be?
Contest is open to residents of Canada only. Contest closes on Monday, November 12th at 11:59PM EST. Winners will be randomly chosen. Prize courtesy of littleBits. Full contest rules and regulations can be seen here.