The Arduino came to prominence as a tool to help designers, artists, and musicians access the power of inexpensive Atmel 8-bit microcontrollers. The Arduino allowed people with deep skills in another discipline to bring their ideas to life. All it took was learning “a little programming” without having to acquire the full range of skills to work with embedded electronics.

That mission has been so successful over the last decade that it created a need for a new tool, one that could connect young people with minimal skills to the “little programming” world of Arduino.

Over the last five years, there’s been an explosion of kid-friendly programming and robotics tools. After working with dozens of different kits and boards, we became ...

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