Coolest tech and STEM toys for 2016 holiday shopping

CodeGamer by Thames and Kosmos

Learn programming through gaming. This kit introduces a child to programming in a step-by-step way. An Arduino-compatible gamepad connects wirelessly to a tablet. Using the gamepad and four interchangeable sensor modules, play through a video game app on a tablet. In each level of the game, the user must learn a piece of the Arduino programming language and how to use it in order to solve puzzles and challenges, and move forward in the game. $149.95

Available at Toys 'R' Us and Amazon.

Image: Thames and Kosmos

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