mBot kits are a perfect fit for STEM. Not only do they teach kids about robotics and 3D design, but they teach programming as well. mBots run off “mBlock” which is a free, scratch-style coding software…available for both Windows and Mac.
Robots can be built in 10 minutes, but still provide a great challenge for the age-group they’re intended for. They contains 38 assembly parts, but the wiring is color-coded and labeled for convenient wiring. mBots are controlled via a Bluetooth chip and remote and can be programmed to do a wide variety of tasks.
The best part, in my opinion, is the programming. mBlock allows young coders the ability to design, customize and create unique code to control their mBots. mBlock is a drag-and-drop software that makes it easy for new coders.
Kits are around $75.