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Tech gifts for your favorite junior roboticists and hackers


If you want to spark the imagination of your kids while at the same time giving them a leg up with some of the tech skills they'll need as adults, you can't go wrong by looking at these products as gifts this holiday season.

Get an Arduino and teach yourself to program


When people set out to learn to program, they often get mired in a lot of choices. What programming language should I learn? What will get me hired? What frameworks do I need to know? It goes on and on and on.

Quick intro: A newcomer's guide to the Raspberry Pi


Welcome to our Quick Intro series. These short articles are intended to help you understand a basic IT concept quickly and easily. In this first segment, we discuss the Raspberry Pi single board computer. The most important thing you need to know is that a Raspberry Pi is a computer that costs 35 or less. There are a variety of different models, the most powerful of which is the Raspberry Pi 3, which costs 35 per unit.

David's strangely random, oddly wonderful, gadget-delicious gift guide


There comes a time in every tech journalist's year when the Muggles venture out, track us down, and beseech us for holiday gift recommendations. At the top of the list is the quintessential request: "I'd like to get them a powerful computer they can use at school to edit video, plot the orbit of the moon, and play those fancy games. What can I get for under $50?" Here's a great lineup of gift ideas and resources to get you started. It's at this point when every intrepid tech journalist takes on a pained and guilty expression and channels the internal Ebenezer. For, of course, as the messengers, it is our fault that such wonderments aren't available for the mere price of nearly free. Though we break it to our friends as gently as possible, we know that somewhere deep down, they blame us for ruining Christmas. In this 2020, oh glorious year of what the hell happened to us, I bring you wonderments, both inexpensive and unusual.

Gift Guide: STEM toys for your builders-in-training – TechCrunch


Welcome to TechCrunch's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We'll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December, so check back regularly. We've refreshed our annual STEM toy gift guide with the latest wares clamoring to entice and inspire kids with coding tricks and electronic wizardry. But lean in to this market and you'll find a number of STEM toy makers have winked out of existence since this time last year, or else been folded into others' empires. Such as littleBits selling to Sphero this fall, or Root Robotics being picked up by robot vac giant iRobot in June.