If you're looking for a good gift for the tech-obsessed youngster in your life, the Makey Makey is a great option and one of our favourites. It's hard to explain all of the sort of things you can do with this fun device, but it essentially turns anything that is partially conductive into a key.
Forres Project Week
Myself and Tom have spent the week down at Forres Sandle Manor school in the New Forest, running a 'Rockets and Robotics' programme for 14 children. At the end of each year, the school have a 'project week' where all the children choose from a wide range of activities to do for the week, such as cycling, needlecraft, sports and even trips abroad.
We think this is an excellent idea as not only is it a fun way to end the year, but children rarely get an opportunity to explore extra-curricular subjects in such great detail at school. During the week everyone built several rocket kits, designed parachutes, made a programmable robot, soldered a rocket launcher and even built a launch pad! The week went very well and the children even progressed to trying out some of our advanced robots for this year's senior robotics course at our main camps, programming them in C. We hope to be back again next year!