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Are Coding Robots Worth Your Kids' Time?


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Credit: Bob Al-Greene

Toy robots are nothing new. The marketing for those robots focused mostly on the fun. These days, toy companies have a different message for parents: Your kids will have fun, but they'll also be prepared for the jobs of the future.

Wonder Workshop, the maker of the Dash robot, says it's helping create "tomorrow's out-of-the-box innovators." Sphero is "inspiring the creators of tomorrow." 

It's a message that's resonating with parents. If toy companies have their way, parents will be snagging coding robots for their kids during the upcoming holiday shopping season, hoping their children develop even a basic understanding of coding fundamentals.

Not everyone is convinced that kindergartners need to learn about loops and algorithms.

From Mashable
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