Looking for a fun yet educational gift this holiday season? The Flyers DIY Building Block Drone should fit the bill. These kits contain everything you need for building your own quadcopter. It’s a great way for both kids and adults to learn electronics and some key STEM skills. Right now, you can pick up a Force Flyers kit for $39.99 at the PopSci Shop.
Force Flyers is the very best kind of edutainment. Instead of messing with soldering irons and confusing code, you get to play with building blocks. The blocks form the chassis of your drone; it’s your job to make the thing fly. This means learning about aerodynamics and weight distribution—key skills for aspiring engineers.
You should end up with an impressive flyer. The drone has six-axis stabilization and a flight time of up to 12 minutes. It’s small enough to zip around indoors, and nimble enough to pull 360-degree flips. Even if you do crash, the crash-resistant ABS plastic will survive the hit. You also get some spare propellers in the box.