The world of learning toys has exploded in the past decade. As well as the toys themselves, learning competitions such as FIRST are also showing up to encourage kids in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
FIRST isn't exactly a toy, but it's a program that engages kids into building and competing with elaborate team-built robots. FIRST is a competitive program that helps kids build their own ultimate toys. The next step up from FIRST is working at NASA or in Silicon Valley.
Click on the LEGO Mindstorms kit below to see 12 examples of toys that ignite the inner engineer in all of us.
The LEGO Mindstorms series of kits contain hardware and software to create customizable, programmable robots. They include an intelligent brick computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and LEGO parts from the Technics line to create the mechanical systems. The hardware and software roots of the Mindstorms Robotics Invention System kit go back to the programmable brick created at the MIT Media Lab. This brick was programmed in Brick Logo.
(Source: LEGO Group)