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Tech Developers Come Up With Creative Ways to Teach Kids Advanced Concepts

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We all went though school. We all claim to have suffered through subjects that bored us to tears. But here we are, holiday season 2014, and there are so many creative, advanced ways technology developers have come up with to teach kids really advanced concepts without those kids realizing they're even learning.

One example is Wonder Workshop robots, which teach the fundamentals of computer coding.

"We designed two robots, Dash and Dot, that work wirelessly using Bluetooth with a touch device like an iPad or an Android tablet, and we're building a set of applications on these devices that lets kids engage with these robots in a very fun way, and we've woven elements of coding into it," says Vikas Gupta of Wonder Workshop.

If you plan to give Dash and Dot this holiday season, you'll have to gift them to a patient child because they're not out until January. You can pre-order the pair for $260.

Or, for the budding scientist or engineer who can't wait until the new year, you may want to check out Thames and Kosmos sets. There are loads of kits that get students hands on and brains on.

"We have over 130 science kits for kids," said Kim Colella of Thames and Kosmos. "Ranges from engineering to technology to robotics to chemistry, physics."

Those kits range from $10 to almost $300 apiece.

Finally, for the kids like me who always wanted to draw well but just couldn't, there is the Crayola Sketch Wizard.

You place anything that fits up on this ledge - an object, your tablet with a picture on it - place a piece of paper down below, and then, thanks to creative placement of mirrors as you look through an eye piece, a light image of your object appears over the paper, so all you have to do to draw it is trace what you see. It's one of those things you kind of have to use to truly understand.

The cost though of giving you the ability to draw like a pro? $25. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP