Newark Element14 has offered a wide range of educational aids targeted at the next generation of coders and application developers, including maker kits such as Codebug, BBC micro:bit, Raspberry Pi and Arduino CTC101 classroom kit.
Newark said there is an ongoing skills shortage in coding across the world, leading many educational programs to up their success to coding skills through hands-on learning to train the next generation in coding.
Codebug is a small coding device for students aged 7 and above that is shaped like a ladybug to provide a fun and interactive way to build devices. The device includes 25 LED lights, two control buttons and six legs that can be used to connect or sew croc-clips or banana plugs.
The BBC micro:bit, for students aged 11 and up, is a small coding device measuring 1.5 inches by 2 inches and comes in a variety of colors. The device can be coded without any prior knowledge of computing and can be used to detect motion or for direction finding with a compass.
Raspberry Pi is a staple among makers to create virtually anything from smart home devices to robotics to other devices that can do a variety of commands and applications.
The latest Arduino launch, the CTCT1010 classroom kit is aimed at teaching students aged 13 to 17 to give them access to early programming, electronics and mechanics through a series of documented projects and easy-to-assemble experiments.