Learn with Tech Kits
Not sure what to do in Do Space? Looking for a special activity for your visit? Now you can check out a tech kit inside Do Space to learn and explore technology on your own. Filled with tech toys from robots to mini programmable computers, these kits are intended to be interactive for use by one person, a couple, or a whole group. Designed to be played on your own, these kits include how-to instructions and ideas to encourage members to become hackers of the kits and tech inside.
To check out a tech kit, simply select and open the kit that interests you, bring the kit box to the Tech Help Desk to get the content of the kit. An adult-signed Technology Borrower Agreement will need to be on file. A photo ID will also be required.
A synth, looper, and controller that lets you create songs with intuitive gestures like tapping, sliding, and waving.
PLAY IMMEDIATELY With the onboard synthesizer and built-in speaker.
MAKE SONGS IN SECONDS Anywhere, anytime with anyone by layering Drum, Bass, Chord, and Lead parts.
CONTROL ANYTHING Use MIDI over Bluetooth or USB to connect to all of your favorite music-making apps and hardware synths.
AWS Deep Composer
- AWS DeepComposer gives developers a creative way to get started with machine learning. Get hands-on, literally, with a musical keyboard and the latest machine learning techniques, designed to expand your ML skills.
- Keyboard – Input a melody by connecting the AWS DeepComposer keyboard to your computer. Use the hardware buttons on the keyboard to control the volume, playback, and recording flow, as well as the built-in functions to create more complex inputs.
- Console – Generate an original musical composition in seconds, using the pre-trained genre models in the AWS DeepComposer console. Choose from rock, pop, jazz, classical, or build your own custom genre.
- Publish – Share your creations by publishing your tracks to SoundCloud in just a few clicks from the AWS DeepComposer console.
- Build Generative AI models – You can build your own custom model and music with Amazon SageMaker.
Bee-Bots are small floor robots that can be easily programmed by young children. Command buttons direct the robots in 6-inch forward and backward moves or 90-degree turns. Grid-like mats are provided with the kits so parents and kids can can combine sequencing and problem solving with general literacy.
Blumway Portable Cassette Player & Tape-To-MP3 Converter
Convert audio music cassette tape to MP3 format without computer needed. Quickly converts your old cassettes – either manually or automatically – really handy and easy to use
Circuit Scribe is an innovative way of teaching how electricity and electronics work. We’ve taken engineering from the chalkboard and given your child an immersive hands-on STEM experience. Out with the wires and soldering, and in with conductive ink pens and endless possibilities.
Using the silver ink pen, your child can draw connections between the electronic modules. Switch on the power and watch as their creations activate lights, buzzers, motors, and more. Step by step pages in the workbook will unlock the mysteries of the flow of electricity, and will make what was once complex now as approachable as picking up a pen and drawing.
The Think & Learn Code-a-pillar Twist™ has more than 1,000 possible coding combinations for kids to explore as they send their pal here, there, and everywhere! Preschoolers can twist the dials on the caterpillar’s segments to create a sequence and send their pal along the programmed path with moves like forward, turn right, and turn left. They can even add exciting lights and sound effects! This friendly learning toy encourages your kiddo to experiment while they play, exercising important skills like problem-solving, planning and sequencing, and more. Where will Code-a-pillar Twist™ go next? Where development comes into play™ Reasoning & Problem Solving: Programming a path for Code-a-pillar Twist™ opens the door to problem-solving as kids figure out how to get their pal to go wherever they want! Planning and Sequencing: After twisting the segments a few times, kids will discover that if they plan a path and twist the dials to create the right sequence, they can get Code-a-pillar Twist™ to follow their plan! Critical Thinking: By programming different combinations to send Code-a-pillar Twist™ down various paths, preschoolers can try and try again, exercising those critical thinking skills!
CODE & LEARN KINDERBOT
With the Fisher-Price® Code ‘n Learn Kinderbot™, preschoolers enter different codes to control their robot friend’s movements. This interactive learning toy comes to life with lights and phrases, offering coding challenges that teach about early math concepts, colors, shapes, and more. There are three ways to play, a cool secret code book, and four machine accessories to expand the play for your junior engineer!
Get quick and accurate color matches on the job, at home, or on the go with Color Muse. This handheld color scanner matches any color to countless products like paint, textiles, and flooring. Scan any surface and view accurate color matches on your Apple or Android mobile app. Match color scans to over 1 million products, create color palettes, explore inspirations, and share colors by email, text, or social media.
Cubelets allow you to make different robots with the combination of Lego blocks. Simply connect the blocks together, turn on the power cube and watch your creation come alive.
Cubetto moves like Bee Bot, a Littles Lab regular, but instead of programming with buttons on the robot, Cubetto has a program board and colorful blocks. Kids learn about sequencing, debugging programs, functions, and more. Perfect for preschoolers but lots of fun for early elementary students as well.
CZUR Aura, the Next-Generation Smart Scanner, A combination of a Smart Scanner and a Multifunctional Desk Lamp. CZUR Aura is not only a book scanner but also a high-quality table lamp. Traditionally, books are difficult and slow to scan due to the curve and thickness. The CZUR Aura solves this issue with an intelligent image algorithm that changes the curved three-dimensional sheet into a flat page at high-speed. As a smart scanner, It is an advanced solution to scan paper materials even bound ones. As a smart lamp, different lighting modes can be adjusted through our app with sound-control technology. What’s more, the device also cuts a good figure with its unique sculptural form.
DASH & DOT
Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. No books or camps needed!
DA VINCI MINI MAKER 3D PRINTERS
It’s small enough for you to take to a corner or table at Do Space and learn how to use a 3D printer. The build size is 6″ x 6″ x 6″ so it’s great for smaller objects. There are fewer settings to get hung up on for your first time. It has three that correspond to layer height and speed which covers the basics for most prints. There’s also options for supports, brim, and infill which you can dive into for more difficult 3D models once you get more comfortable with the machine.
EDISON PROGRAMMABLE ROBOT
You’ve heard about virtual reality (VR), and now you can experience it for free at Do Space by checking out one of our Google Cardboard headset tech kits. It’s easy to get started. Install Google Cardboard apps on your own phone, and you are ready to explore virtual worlds.
Holographic Keyboard & Trackpad
Turn any flat surface into aHeartbeat Laser Projection Keyboard. And then turn any flat surface into a trackpad with multipoint controls that support a range of gestures with the ODiN – Virtual Laser Holographic Mouse.
HUE ANIMATION STUDIO
iPAD PRO WITH LOGITECH CRAYON
The iPad Pro is designed to be the professional model of Apple’s iPad line. Used in conjunction with the Logitech Crayon, it can become a powerful tool for creating digital art. Our kit comes with the iPad Pro, Logitech Crayon, and several apps for design and Illustration including Procreate. The iPad Pro tech kit is meant for adults and older teenagers. The user needs to be at least 16 years old or older to check this kit out, even with parental approval.
Learning Friends 100 Words Book
Meet learning friends Turtle, Tiger and Monkey who will introduce more than 100 age-appropriate words chosen by learning experts. Word categories include: pets, animals, food, mealtime, colors, activities, opposites, outside and more. Touching the words on the pages plays the words, sound effects and fun facts; hear the Learning Friends theme song and My Favorite Word by pressing the light-up star button. Words, songs and instructions can be heard in both English and Spanish for a full bilingual experience. Intended for ages 18+ months.
The Makey Makey allows you to make everyday objects (such as coins, vegetables, Play Doh, vegetables, keys, etc.) into touchpads. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts.
MARBOTICS SMART NUMBERS AND LETTERS
The smartest method to learn to read & count on your tablet. Use wooden stamps with apps and let your kids go for a wonderful learning journey!
My Own Leaptop
Learn about the alphabet, spell your name and more on a pretend play Leapfrog computer built for kids. Tap away in 4 learning modes—ABCs, Messages, Games and Music—and bop along to 16 songs and melodies. Be big – and little. Pretend to be like Mom and Dad with fun computer role-play, such as emailing with Scout or Violet, and a take-along handle. Send and receive pretend emails, learn letters and animal names, and sing along with 16 songs and melodies. Intended for ages 2-4 years
Nintendo Switch is a gaming console that has the mobility of a handheld, but it can also be played as a single player system or shared with a partner.
Immerse yourself in movies and games with this Oculus Go virtual reality headset. The lightweight headset and breathable facial interface ensure comfort during use, while the next-generation lenses let you experience an enhanced field of view. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 mobile platform means low power, high quality audio, video and interaction wherever you are. This 64GB Oculus Go virtual reality headset has a high-resolution LCD screen for impressive clarity.
Osmo is the combination of an iPad app and tactile game. Players collaborate to spell words, solve tangram puzzles and more. For ages 5 and up.
OSMO CODING JAM
Arrange coding blocks in patterns and loops to compose your own music. Comes with 24 characters and over 300 musical sounds to produce your perfect song. Kids can safely record and share their music with friends, family and the Jam community.
OSMO DETECTIVE AGENCY
Run your own detective agency! Travel to six famous cities, inspect hundreds of clues with your magnifying glass, and learn about geography and cultures around the world!
OSMO HOT WHEELS MINDRACERS
Send real Hot Wheels™ cars zooming straight through the screen onto wacky digital racetracks. Quick thinking and strategy will help you win this race car game for kids!
OSMO PIZZA CO.
Our Osmo kits are one of our most popular kits when it comes to parents looking to directly participate in their child’s learning. Our first kits mostly focused on learning letters and numbers. With Pizza Co., older children who have mastered their letters and numbers can start to learn basic concepts of taking orders (using non-verbal cues from the on-screen characters), making change and being able to keep track of multiple tasks at once. Both entertaining and challenging, this new kit allows parents with older children to have the same fun learning experience as younger children with the interactivity that the Osmo offers.
The Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators are calculator-sized programmable music production units, each with a specific sound focus. Our PO-14 Sub is great for programming bass synth patterns, the PO-20 Arcade is great at 8-bit arcade sounds, and the PO-33 K.O. has a sampler so you can record your own sounds and put them in the mix. While each operator can stand alone, they can also be chained together and synced for even more musical possibilities.
Puzzlets combines digital and physical play to get kids thinking like programmers. Included in the kit are a game board, a tablet and stand, game pieces, and instructions. The game app Cork and the Volcano are already loaded on the tablet and ready for a hands-on coding experience.
PUZZLETS WITH DASH
Puzzlets are icon-based, physical tiles that children can manipulate with their hands. Use a custom version of Puzzlets to make your favorite robot, Dash, move, light up, and make sounds. No mobile device needed!
Snap Circuits is a collection of electronic components that use snaps to connect in different configurations based on the project you want to build. The manual includes instructions for simple light switches to more complicated audio devices. Just choose a project and follow the directions to get started. This kit is geared toward electronics beginners of all ages, but you’ll need some reading skills (or a partner).
Speak & Spell
The Original Speak and Spell! Speak & Spell is back and it’s just like you remember! One of the earliest computerized learning systems from the 70s and 80s, Speak & Spell was the first educational toy designed to help children learn to spell over 200 commonly misspelled words using a speech synthesizer. Now, a whole new generation can enjoy this classic toy with friends and family for years to come. With multiple play modes and challenge levels, kids will have fun and learn at the same time!
Specdrums are app-enabled rings that turn colors into music with a simple tap. Create music anytime, anywhere and make the world your instrument. Connect to the Specdrums MIX app and tap on anything – your clothes, drawings, or the included playing pad – to create and mix any sounds, beats, and loops that all play through your mobile device. Jam on your own or with friends, anytime and anywhere.
Toybox 3D Printer
We’ve made it super easy to start printing right away. Just browse through our ever-expanding catalog, find something you like, and hit print! With thousands of awesome toys available at your fingertips, and new toys added every week, you’ll never have a chance to get bored. The Creator Space allows anyone to make their own creations through easy-to-use apps and tools.
XGO Mini Quadruped Robot Dog
The XGO Mini Quadruped Robot Dog is a desktop AI robot dog with 12 DOFs inlaid with a Kendryte K210 chip for AI edge computing applications. It supports omni-directional movement, 6D posture control, posture stability, and multiple motion gaits.
Internally equipped with 9-axis IMU, joint position sensors, and current sensors to feedback its own postures, joint rotation, and torque for internal algorithms and secondary development. The robot dog allows for graphic and python programming on APP or PC, so as to develop AI applications
IMU posture self-stabilization: Based on the attitude data obtained from IMU and with closed-loop control, the robot dog can stay stabilized regardless of surface movement.
6 DOFs posture control: With fixed foot tips, allows the entire body to remain under 6 DOF motion control.
Move, Record and Playback: You can move XGO-Mini’s joints by hand and automatically record the sequence for playback as a program.
User communication and secondary programming interface: The open-access underlying serial protocol applies to secondary development and verification.
Motion gait planning: The robot dog comes with Low, medium, and high postures linked to three different speeds with appropriate gait strategies and rules.
Kinematics and dynamics simulation interface: In the ROS scenario, kinematics and dynamics simulations are conducted on Rviz and gazebo platforms.
Omnidirectional motion control: With 12 active joints and through kinematics decoupling, the robot dog can perform omnidirectional motion combining forward/reverse, and right/left with rotational input for a smooth gait in any direction.
Artificial Intelligence: Machine vision, face recognition, speech recognition, model training, and other AI functions.