- Associated Press - Monday, February 12, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) - You’ve seen apps and toys that promise to teach your child to code. Now enter the robots.

At the CES electronics show in Las Vegas in January, one convention hall area was packed with everything from chip-embedded, alphabet-like coding blocks to turtle-like tanks that draw on command.

No one can say how well these coding bots teach kids, or even whether learning to code is the essential life skill that so many techies claim. After all, by the time today’s elementary-school kids are entering the workforce, computers may well be programming themselves.

But experts say the robots can teach kids grit and determination when the toys inevitably do something unintended. Beware: These toys aren’t cheap.


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