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Robot Turtles by ThinkFun

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Educational toys are aging beyond toddlers who are learning to distinguish shapes and how to count. One of the trends is toys that interest kids in science, technology, engineering and math, aka STEM.

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Some of the cooler offerings come from smaller companies, such as ThinkFun's Robot Turtles game ($24.99), which turns basic programming into a fun game, and Goldiblox kits ($19.99 to $29.99), whose storylines challenge girls to engineer devices to solve a problem.