Take Home Tech now available!

Boy plays with robotsHobsons Bay Libraries is proud to provide patrons access to new and emerging creative technologies including programmable robotics, electronics and circuitry, and STEAM kits. Our new Take Home Tech kits invite you to explore, learn and discover through play and experimentation with creative tech at home.

These kits are suitable for a range of ages from three and up, and are designed to be used by everyone from beginners through to advanced users.

Some kits will require smart devices or a computer. Please check the requirements for each kit carefully before reserving or borrowing.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN HAVING A TAKE HOME TECH KIT DELIVERED TO YOUR HOUSE

Important details about our Take Home Tech:

  • Patrons must be aged 18+ to borrow Take Home Tech.
  • Kits will be issued for a period of one week.
  • The total cost of each kit is clearly labeled on the item. Borrowers are responsible for covering costs of loss and/or damage.
  • While our branches are closed to the public, pick up will not be available. You can still reserve a kit and have it delivered to your door with our Book a Book home delivery service!

 

Robotics Kits

Bring home a robotics kit and learn how much fun coding can be! Each kit contains a robot that allows you to interact with technology in a different way – program it to complete a challenge, play games against it, control it with your smart device, or learn more about artificial intelligence as you watch it ‘learn’ about its surroundings.

Ozbot Evo

Ozbot EvoA tiny smart robot built to impress! Start with colour codes and watch Ozobot Evo speed up, change colour, spin and more. Learn how to code with OzoBlockly and take full control of Evo’s features.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 5+)

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mBot Robot

mBotControl the mBot with your smart device, play coding games and delve into the world of programming. Can you make mBot dance, flash or sing? mBot is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 10+)

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Sphero BOLT

Sphero BoltA robotic ball with endless programming capabilities that encourages fun and creativity. Sphero BOLT is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages ages 5+)

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Sphero RVR

Sphero RVRAn all-terrain, highly programmable, infinitely-expandable robot. Code with it, build on it, and hack the robot of your dreams. RVR is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages ages 5+)

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Edison Robot

Edison robotA programmable robot that you can customise! Edison is compatible with LEGO, so you can get creative. You’ll need a computer or tablet with internet connection and an audio port to play with Edison.

Suitable for beginner to intermediate users (ages 5+)

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Anki Cozmo

Anki CozmoA little robot with a lot of personality! Cozmo’s artificial intelligence allows it to express emotions, get curious and explore its surroundings. Cozmo is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 8+)

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Artie Robot

ArtieArtie puts the ‘A’ in STEAM. Learn to code and make art masterpieces with this powerful little robot – if you can code it, Artie can draw it! You will need a computer or tablet to program Artie.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 7+)

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Dash Robot

Dash RobotDash is an exciting, hands-on, interactive robot. It is smart enough to respond to voices and sounds, and can dance and sing. You will need a computer or tablet with internet connection.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 6+)

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Dot Robot

Dot robotInteract with Dot’s endearing personality while coding, creating and customising games and activities. You will need a computer or tablet with internet connection.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 6+)

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Electronics and Circuitry Kits

Understand more about how electricity works by creating circuits. Follow the project guides to explore LEDs, motors, transistors, sensors and more!

MaKey MaKey

Makey MakeyAn electronic invention tool and toy that allows users to connect everyday objects to computer programs. Find conductive materials, create simple circuits, and explore the internet like never before. MaKey MaKey requires a laptop or PC with a USB slot.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users(ages 8+)

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Freetronics Arduino Kit

An extensive starter kit containing everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino-related projects. You will need a computer with internet connection to get your projects up and running.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 12+)

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Arduino Starter Kit

Arduino Starter KitThis kit contains everything you need to get hands-on with Arduino. Walk through the basics of using electronics by with 15 different creative projects.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 12+)

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STEAM Kits

Get creative with technology. These kits are designed to showcase the relationship between technology and art, music, science, mathematics, engineering and more. Create digital art, mix some beats, or even explore Newton’s Law of Motion through play.

Osmo Creative Kit

Osmo CreativeKick start creativity and problem solving with an inspiring mix of art tools and cutting-edge technology. Imagine, invent, explore and play. Osmo is compatible with Apple iPad or Amazon Fire tablets.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 5+)

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Osmo Genius Kit

Osmo GeniusOsmo is a unique educational gaming accessory that allows users to explore mathematics, spelling and more. Osmo is compatible with Apple iPad or Amazon Fire tablets.

Suitable for beginner to intermediate users (ages 5+)

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3Doodler Start 3D Pen

3doodlerThe safest way to get into 3D art! This pen has no external hot parts and uses a non-toxic, biodegradable filament that melts at low temperatures. Bring your ideas to life in 3D!

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 6+)

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Sphero Specdrums

SpecdrumsMusical rings that make the world your instrument by turning colours into sounds on your device. Connect to the Specdrums MIX app and tap on anything colourful to create and mix sounds, beats and loops. Specdrums are compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 6+)

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Skoogmusic Skoog 2.0 

Skoog 2.0Skoog is a tactile musical instrument that is unique with its level of accessibility. Tap it, twist it or squeeze it – Skoog opens up a new world of musical play to everyone. Skoog is only compatible with iPad or Mac.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 3+)

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Skoogmusic Skwitch

Skoogmusic SkwitchSkwitch is a musical instrument that clips straight on to your iPhone. Make music from anywhere, compose your own riffs, melodies, loops and chords. This easy-to-use instrument is designed for accessibility, making it perfect for older people, children and people with mobility issues. Skwitch is only compatible with iPhone 6S or newer.

Suitable for beginner to advanced users (ages 6+)

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN HAVING A TAKE HOME TECH KIT DELIVERED TO YOUR HOUSE

Looking for more ways to use creative tech at home?

Our Digital and Creative Technology Hub teams have curated a list of awesome (and free) apps that you can use to explore new tech and develop your skills at home. Check it out here.