What ages are the kits for?
Ages 8 and up. Warning: MakerKids kits and rovers are not toys. They are designed for use in the classroom with teacher supervision, or parent supervision. Parents/teachers must read the included instructions before giving guidance to children.
How do I use the kits and Arduino?
For Arduino, we use the software Arduino IDE and Ardublock to code the Arduinos. These softwares are kid-friendly, free, easy-to-use and great for beginners.
The Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment) is where you write code you send on to the Arduino. When installing it we also want it to handle installing the drivers it’ll use to communicate over USB for us so we’ll make sure to use the .exe installer. Recently the code of the IDE application was refactored which means all version released since are incompatible with tools we make use of at Makerkids.
The version of Arduino needed can be found on this page.
Ardublock is a tool written in Java that converts block-based code into text-based code for the Arduino IDE to pass on to the Arduino.
Kids can learn how to use the kits in Robotics programs at MakerKids. We also have some digital guides available by email by request.
When do they get shipped?
Orders will be processed within 3 days and shipped via Canada post. Depending on the option you choose, shipping takes 1-7 days.
Canada Post Expedited (1-7 days)
Canada Post Xpresspost (1-3 days)
Canada Post Priority (1-3 days)
In-stock orders placed by 4:00 on a weekday will be ready at Cards and Such that evening. If you are in a rush, we can often make special arrangements, please contact us via email ([email protected]). We will notify you by email when your order is ready for pickup.
Where do you ship?
We currently ship to anywhere in Canada!
How much is shipping?
We are pleased to offer Local Pickup for our Toronto area customers at Cards & Such in Bloor West Village within a few days of ordering. They are located at 2336 Bloor Street West. Since Cards & Such offers this as a service to our customers, we charge $1.50 for pickup orders.
We will notify you by email when your order is ready for pickup. Cards & Such’s hours are noted here:
Sunday 12:00 – 17:00
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 09:30 – 19:00
Friday 09:30 – 20:00
Saturday 09:30 – 18:00
Other shipment options cost approximately $9 to $20 depending on where you are shipping to:
What is your return policy?
Refunds or exchanges are available for manufacturer’s defects. We offer a 30-day return policy, the customer pays for shipping. The item must be in original condition and not used. Within the GTA, even the cheapest Canada Post option is usually 1 business day, but to be safe you could say 2 business days within the GTA.