Take It Make It Kits

Raspberry Pi

  • What is it? A low cost, tiny computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It enables people of all ages to explore computing and to learn how to program. 
  • Kit Includes: Raspberry Pi 2 in case, Raspberry Pi camera board, wireless keyboard + 2 rechargeable AAA batteries, HDMI cord, USB hub, 16g micro sd card, anti-static wristband, one book, and a few simple project ideas. Monitor/tv needed for many projects. 
  • Get more info and projects: raspberrypi.org
  • Check availability: Raspberry Pi

Squishy Circuits

  • What is it? Enable kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough.
  • Kit Includes:  Squishy Circuit Box [complete item list inside kit], 2 containers of playdough, 4 rechargeable AA batteries, and a Squishy Circuits book.
  • Get more info and projects: squishycircuits.com
  • Maker Tip: Play-doh works as a conductive dough and basic modeling clay works as an insulating dough.
  • Check availability: Squishy Circuits

Arno for Arduino Kit

  • What is it? A new approach to learning and teaching about Arduino. The Arno provides beginners with interesting circuits built right into the board, so they can focus on learning the basics of electronics and the Arduino language without needing to assemble and troubleshoot circuits.
  • Kit Includes:  Arno circuit board, USB cable, & a book that gives step-by-step instructions for 40+ projects without the need for external components. Computer needed to operate.
  • Check availability: Arno for Arduino

Finch

  • What is it? A simple robot designed for computer education. Supports over a dozen programming languages & environments. 
  • Kit Includes: finch robot, usb cord, and two books: Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future and The Robot Book. Computer needed to operate. Internet connection needed to download software and access free programming software (i.e. Scratch, Snap!, etc.). Links to software and more.
  • Get more info and projects: www.finchrobot.com.
  • Check availability: Finch Robot

Sphero

  • What is it? Sphero is a spherical robot toy controlled by a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth and an app.
  • Kit Includes: 1 Sphero SPRK, 1 power adapter, 1 charging base, and 1 clear cover
  • Get more info: Download the app
  • Check availability: Sphero

MaKey MaKey

  • What is it? Lets you turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything in-between. Computer needed to operate.
  • Kit Includes: MaKey MaKey board, USB cable, alligator clips, and instruction sheet. 
  • Get more info and projects: makeymakey.com
  • Check availability: MaKey Makey

GoPro

  • What is it? GoPro is a versatile camera that allows you to take action videos which can be made used for multimedia projects and shared.
  • Kit Includes: 1 GoPro camera, a hard case with interchangeable backdoors, 1 GoPro mini USB cable, 1 micro SD card, 1 micro SD adapter, 1 tripod with adaptor mount, 1 book
  • Get more info: Download to edit video
  • Check availability: GoPro

Bike Repair

  • What is it? Get started with minor bicycle repairs at home with the Park toolbox bike repair kit.
  • Includes: Park toolbox [complete item list inside kit] and two books: Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance.
  • Check availability: Bike Repair

Lego EV3 Mindstorm Robot

  • What is it? LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 makes building, programming and commanding your own LEGO robots smarter, faster, and more fun than ever. Follow the simple steps below and before you know it, you’ll be in control of robots that drive, shoot, slither, walk, slam, and spin – to name just a few of the actions that come with this awesome robotics set.
  • Includes: Set includes pieces and instructions for building five LEGO Mindstorms robots with touch, color, and infrared sensors. The Intelligent EV3 brick allows you to command and control robots that walk, talk, think, and do anything you can imagine.
  • Get more info: https://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/about-ev3 
  • Check availability: Mindstorm Robot

OSMO Genius Kit

  • What is it? Osmo is an award-winning game system that changes the way children interact with the iPad and iPhone by opening them up to hands-on play.
  • Kit Includes: 1 Base Box that includes an iPad stand and reflector, a Numbers Box (arrange physical tiles, including dots and digits, to make numbers and complete levels), a Words Box (use on-screen clues to guess the secret word, and zoom letter tiles into the play space to spell answers), and a Tangram Box (arrange tangible puzzle pieces into matching on-screen shapes).  Other games including Masterpiece (turns the iPad into a drawing tool) and Netwon (uses physics for creative problem solving)
  • Get more info: https://www.playosmo.com/en/
  • Check availability: OSMO

Microscope

  • What is it? An awesome first microscope for young scientists!
  • Kit Includes: 1 Duo Scope Microscope (in box ), 2 rechargeable batteries, 1 box of 25 slides, and a book The World of the Microscope.
  • Check availability: Microscope

Ukulele

Acoustic Guitar

  • What is it? Get started playing with an acoustic guitar.
  • Includes: Acoustic guitar, tuner, strap, guitar picks and a beginner's book/dvd.
  • Get more info: Intro Tutorial   
  • Check availability: Acoustic Guitar

Electric Guitar

  • What is it? Get started playing with an electric guitar.
  • Includes: Electric guitar, tuner, strap, guitar picks, a beginner's book/dvd, guitar cable, and amp.
  • Get more info: Intro Tutorial
  • Check availability: Electric Guitar

Bass Guitar

  • What is it? Get started playing with a bass guitar.
  • Includes: Acoustic/electric bass guitar, tuner, strap, guitar picks and a beginner's book/dvd.
  • Get more info: Intro Tutorial
  • Check availability: Bass Guitar

Cajon Drum

Keyboard 

Sampler/Synthesizer

Xylophone

  • What is it? Get started playing with a xylophone.
  • Includes: 25 note xylophone
  • Get more info: Links coming soon!
  • Check availability: Xylophone

Young Percussion

  • What is it? A percussion set for the little ones - ages 3 and up!
  • Includes: 2 maracas, 2 egg shakers, 1 pair of wrist bells, 1 small sleigh bell, 1 large sleigh bell, 1 triangle with striker, 2 finger castanets, 2 claves, 1 tambourine, and 1 handle castanet.
  • Check availability: Young Percussion

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