Scott Hanselman

Crowbits are Electronic Programmable LEGO Compatible Blocks for STEM Education

February 25, 2021 Comment on this post [3] Posted in Reviews
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CrowBits from ElecrowLate last year I blogged about the Elecrow CrowPi2 Raspberry Pi Laptop. The folks at Elecrow are great and I've used their original CrowPi many times with the kids at and talks. None of these links are affiliate links and I am getting no kickbacks from the company - I'm just a fan and own two of their products.

As such I was excited to see their new Kickstarter called CrowBits. These are magnetic, programmable, electronic blocks that are also LEGO element compatible, which as you likely know, is a huge plus for my family. I've blogged a lot about STEM toys before, usually at Christmas, but this is a lovely spring surprise!

The devices are ESP32, Arduino and Micro:bit compatible, and there's over 80 of them. 30 of them need no programming. The whole system has a Scratch 3.0 software sitting on top, so my kids and I are already familiar with how to program these. If you're not familiar, MIT's Scratch is a visual block language that abstracts away the text aspects of programming for visually nested blocks. It's very intuitive.

Strong ability to expand

Since the people at Elecrow have successfully delivered on all their previous KickStarters and I'm personally holding both CrowPis from those Kickstarters, I have high confidence in their ability to deliver the CrowBits.


Even better, I'm seeing in the comments on the Kickstarter that the company is aiming to allow their programming system to run on the Raspberry Pi CrowPi devices I already own, so that's a bonus that it'll all work together.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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March 02, 2021 20:42
Awesome stuff - if only I had kids ;)
March 05, 2021 4:31
Like the lego interchangeability and may get a box or two for my kids this year.

Please give some updates on what's going on with work technology like .net 5.

..little too quiet lately....
March 05, 2021 14:24
Thank you for helping me.

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