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Coding bots for everyone from tots to hotshots

TOYS THAT TEACH CODING CAN SPARK A LIFELONG INTEREST IN PROGRAMMIN­G. THESE BOTS OFFER INCREASING LEVELS OF CUSTOMIZAB­ILITY AND COMPLEXITY TO MATCH A YOUNG ONE’S SKILLS.

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Medium

The 522 snap-together parts in Ubtech’s Jimu Competitiv­e Series ChampBot Kit combine to create three different configurat­ions, including this catapult. Once a child has one built, they can use an iOS or Android app and program actions via Google’s Blockly coding software.

Easy

Preschoole­rs press the buttons on the head of the Fisher Price Code ’n Learn Kinderbot to tell the machine to carry out basic movements, like rolling forward. Then they can fasten on extra pieces and punch in sequences to make it pull off tricks like transformi­ng into a bulldozer.

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The formidable DJI RoboMaster S1 will accept commands from a remote, or via a simple coding system called Scratch. But those who want to flex their skills can create custom behaviors using the Python programmin­g language to make the droid carry out tactical maneuvers—or dance.

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by JOHN KENNEDY

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