Goal: $12,400
Funding Period: Until March 9, 2017
Creator: Mime Industries

MeArm Pi, from Mime Industries, is a robot kit designed to teach people of all ages about technology, engineering, and programming. Made for kids ages 11 and up, MeArm Pi is a robot arm kit powered by Raspberry Pi, a low-cost computer developed to make leaning computing accessible.

The MeArm Pi can be controlled with joysticks, or kids can learn coding using one of several programs operable on the Raspberry Pi. All the necessary software is free and ranges from beginner programmers to advanced. It can even be controlled from a web browser.

The kits come with everything that’s needed, including a hex key, which is the only tool required to assemble. There are two kit options, one including the Raspberry Pi, and one without if kids want to use their own Pi. There are both blue and orange options to choose from.

Kickstarter donations range from $31 to $2,247 and prizes a standard MeArm Pi kit, a kit with a Raspberry Pi, and distributor packs. The early bird prizes are no longer available. 

Click here to support Mime Industries! 

About the author

Kristen Nelson

Kristen Nelson

Kristen Nelson is an assistant editor at Adventure Publishing Group. She does weekly toy reviews for The Toy Insider and contributes to the trade magazines The Toy Book and The Licensing Book. She is an expert in Penn State sports, as well as with numerous cooking techniques. Kristen has been crowned the Queen of Potatoes, but her friends call her Lady Spud. When not yelling at the TV during football or hockey games, she is often binge-watching virtually any cooking show. You can delve into her witty mind and follow her on Twitter @Krypton_87.