Microduino at CES 2019

Microduino Showcase at CES 2019

In the spirit of making STEM/STEAM available to all students, makers, tinkerers and educators, Microduino, a manufacturer of stackable electronic building blocks and related accessories and peripherals, will be an exhibitor at CES® again this year. Visitors to their booth – #44267 at the Sands – will experience an impressive array of products they have developed and manufactured to inspire creativity, while teaching coding, logical thinking and problem solving. Come and visit them to see the following:

1. Itty Bitty Buggy is the KAPi Award winner this year for Best Maker Spirit. Buggy is truly a code programmable toy (CPT). It’s smart, easy to use and programmable with Scratch via a PC/Mac and Chromebook. Kids come to understand the power that coding has on a physical device by modifying the programs; a great beginning STEAM toy for younger kids. Buggy is colorful, fun and can be made into a sloth, dodo bird, ladybug and alien. 

2. Itty Bitty City is the sister companion to Itty Bitty Buggy and is also based on Microduino’s mCookie technology. Users can build the projects provided but can also easily create and program their own projects, integrating other form factors, such as 3D, using Microduino’s mounting design files.

3. Sequencing series for STEAM is appropriate for kids in elementary school through high school. Kids learn how to assemble basic circuitry with mPuzzle and move on to hardware coding with mPie. These programs provide colorful learning materials for teachers and students. Itty Bitty Buggy and Itty Bitty City show students where STEAM is heading via intelligent CPU-based projects.

4. MIX Kits 1, 2, 3 & 4 is how kids reinforce using logic and problem solving through the introduction of new components that expand their knowledge and skill set. With over 1,000 pages of project-based lesson plans combined, Microduino’s MIX kits serve a dual purpose: great for school hackathons and IoT projects, too.

“Providing STEAM toys that are easy to build, most within 5-10 minutes, and inspiring creativity in children, is one of our main goals. We are passionate about encouraging young people to develop their problem-solving skills, tap into their ability to use logic and learn coding, all at the same time.” said Bin Feng, CEO and Co-Founder of Microduino. “Visitors to our space will see and experience why hardware is part of our product line and why we use open source coding. It just makes sense. We think STEAM is all about having fun while learning the physical results of virtual thinking.”

Microduino is best known for their products such as the mCookie series; a series of small, stackable, and Arduino-compatible electronic building blocks. Their collection of easy-to-use, snap-together magnetic components, without the need for messy wiring or soldering puts them on the cutting edge of STEM/STEAM technology. Their slogan, “Creativity Is Contagious” was selected because of the multiple projects that can be made with their product kits; there are no limits to one’s imagination!

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Microduino launches IdeaLab

Microduino Launches IdeaLab

December 13, 2018

Microduino, an award-winning global designer, developer, manufacturer, and leading seller of stackable electronic building blocks, related accessories and peripherals, and in-class science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning systems is proud to announce the launch of IdeaLab.

IdeaLab is their online community of makers, students, educators, teachers, designers, tinkerers, and DIYers. It’s the perfect place to: 

  •     Showcase STEM projects, inventions, and to exchange ideas
  •     Provide a platform and resource for makers, etc., to learn about STEM/STEAM
  •     Have a forum to ask questions and get answers about creating STEM technology
  •     And so much more

As Bin Feng, CEO of Microduino, stated, “The launch of our new IdeaLab is a great way for our users, educators, students, inventors, and anyone who loves to create to showcase their inventions. At Microduino, we firmly support collaborating with other makers and sharing ideas. Our community is a haven for people who are deeply involved with STEM/STEAM learning or who are just getting started and want to interact with experienced makers. We have created a central hub for people to come together and feel the excitement of the growing STEM/STEAM movement.”

To get a firsthand look at one of the projects posted to IdeaLab, check out this video submitted by a user https://youtu.be/d57rBdJfjcE. And to see more of the creative projects already posted to IdeaLab check out their projects here https://idealab.microduinoinc.com

Microduino is best known for their products such as the mCookie series (a series of small, stackable, and Arduino-compatible electronic building blocks), mPuzzle (a collection of easy-to-use, snap-together magnetic components that teach basic electronic circuitry concepts), mPie, and the Microduino STEM Mix Kits. They recently released the next generation of STEM toys with their Itty Bitty Buggy. This code programmable toy combines play, creativity and logic and allows consumers to build and program four different creatures. Their Creative Expansion Pack, a neat package of 100 additional building pieces, compatible with Itty Bitty Buggy, is one of Microduino’s newer offerings.

With offices in China and Brazil and their U.S. headquarters in Westlake Village, California, Microduino is on the cutting edge of STEM/STEAM technology and products that encourage creativity and fun. Microduino was also recently honored to be the recipient of the Top 30 Innovation Award presented at the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum and also won the coveted KAPi Award, Best Maker Spirit, to be presented at CES in January.

Microduino receives Top 30 Innovation Award at SVIEF 2018

Microduino Receives Top 30 Innovation Award at SVIEF 2018!

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We are honored to be the recipient of the Top 30 Innovation Award presented to us at the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum on September 29.

The event was very well attended and our team was among a high level crowd of such industry leaders as Tim Draper and Kai-Fu Lee. SVIEF is an international conference and promotes business partnerships and innovation connecting the US and the Asia-Pacific region. Talent, technology and capital all gathered in one venue! SVIEF attracts over 5,000 attendees every year since its inception in 2011.

Microduino at World Maker Faire 2018

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We would be remiss if we didn’t mention World Maker Faire in New York, another event we attended on September 22 and 23.

We are past winners of two prestigious awards; The 5 Best Things in 2016 and the Editor’s Choice Award in 2017. This year we launched our newest product – Itty Bitty Buggy and wowed the attendees, who were very taken with our Sloth! 

Microduino Launches Itty Bitty Buggy!

Itty Bitty Buggy Launches!

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Itty Bitty Buggy, our newest product kit, launched on September 19 and we are thrilled to bring it to market.

Our newest STEM educational toy, the follow-up to the award-winning Itty Bitty City, is a 5-in-1 kit that is another perfect tool for inspiring and engaging kids with STEM/STEAM education.

The Buggy is the main part of the kit, a true CPT (Code Programmable Toy). Download our Itty Bitty Buggy app from the Apple Store or Google Play!  Buggy will trace lines on a map, recognize colors and voice commands; is remote controlled and Bluetooth compatible.

Build interesting creatures, too! The sloth, Dodo bird, alien and ladybug all perform some very cool functions. Itty Bitty Buggy supports Scratch, Python and Arduino.

Of course, Itty Bitty Buggy is LEGO® compatible, like all our other products, which means the possibilities for creating awesome creatures is only limited by one’s imagination.

Itty Bitty Buggy is our most reasonably priced product and is available in our Store and on Amazon.