STEM

Sony now has a Koov robotics learning kit for US classrooms

The Koov Educator Kid is up for pre-order today, with an estimated shipping date of March 25.

Pearson is adding LittleBits kits to its STEM curriculum

Manhattan-based startup LittleBits has worked hard to shake the “tech toy” label. While the company’s done a good job getting its kid-friendly engineering kits into the hands of schools, a new p

17 STEM-focused gifts to inspire kids to learn coding and love robotics

This year's STEM gift guide reflects the boom in 'educational' techie toys -- featuring programmable and controllable robots of all stripes and shapes, as well as some fully fledged learn-to-code comp

pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers

U.K. edtech startup pi-top has a new learn-to-code-and-tinker machine. It's another modular Raspberry Pi-powered laptop but this time they've reduced the number of steps needed to put it together, as

Kano’s next learn-to-code kit is a build-it-yourself laptop

London-based Kano has another code kit in the works to add to its STEM targeting gamified educational line of build-it-yourself kids' products ahead of the present-buying holiday season.

Sony soft-launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony’s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyon

Stem raises $8M to get music artists paid more seamlessly

While music streaming has become more and more commoditized, artists still have a wide array of places to distribute their songs like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music — but getting paid properly can

Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids

Amazon launches a subscription service for STEM toys

Amazon today unveiled a new subscription program aimed at parents called STEM Club, which delivers educational toys to your home for $19.99 per month. The retailer says it will hand-pick which toys

Learn to code startup pi-top pulls in $4.3M to fund a global edtech push

London-based computing and learn-to-code startup pi-top has closed a £3.5million ($4.3M) Series A round of funding, led by Hambro Perks and with Committed Capital also participating.

Primo Toys rolls out Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches kids to code

A startup called Primo Toys today began online and retail sales of its latest educational product, the Cubetto, a programmable wooden robot for kids as young as 3. The London startup, which is a gradu

CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

A Los Angeles startup called codeSpark has raised $4.1 million in seed funding for web and mobile games that teach kids how to code, even before they know how to read and write effectively. CodeSpark&

XYZprinting’s new 3D printer is designed for the classroom

Likely best known for its low cost 3D printing/scanning all-in-ones, hardware maker XYZprinting is making its first focused play in the education space with the da Vinci miniMaker, a $229 device desig

White House announces the kids and projects of its 2016 Science Fair

The annual White House Science Fair is always a heartening occasion. Watching President Obama ramble around and shoot the breeze (and sometimes marshmallows) with a bunch of smart, nerdy kids is enter

The speech the technology industry won’t hear from any candidate… but should

Not one of the 2016 presidential candidates stands out when it comes to ensuring that common sense technology and entrepreneurship policy will prevail. In the absence of these issues receiving the att

Where Are All The Women In White Hats?

America needs cyber talent -- especially among women. Without a capable workforce to secure the smartphone in your hand or the highly classified networks our government operates within, our economy an

The Rise Of Entrepreneurial Communities

This summer, as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, I had the opportunity to honor an innovative business accelerator called First Batch. This isn’t your typical business accelerator. Fi

How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley

Twelve years after filing for U.S. residency, I finally took the oath of citizenship in a quaint suburban theater, having spent seven of those prime entrepreneurship years mired in the Green Card queu

APIs Are The New FTEs

Facebook, Google and Twitter have to deal with outrageous amounts of spam and abuse. They hire teams of engineers to stop trolls, outwit bad actors and otherwise keep their walled gardens free of misa

Why Silicon Valley Falls Short When It Comes To Education

Despite Silicon Valley billionaires’ remarkable track record of innovation, it appears they have decided to throw in the towel on higher education. Each year, many donate millions to old-line Americ
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