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The best drones for kids in 2020

Looking to get an awesome gift for a child? Maybe you’re an educator looking to get a drone to facilitate a child’s learning about STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

Whether you’re looking into the best drones for kids for their education or for their entertainment (or ahem, both!), drones are a fantastic tool to enrich a kid’s life.

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The best drone for kids overall of 2020: Tello

The best drone for kids by a long shot is  Tello, a $99 kid-friendly drone that combines DJI flight technology and an Intel processor to create a budget camera drone that also can be used to teach newbies the basics of programming. It’s a great little drone for people looking for a low-cost introduction to stunt flying and shooting videos, as well as people looking to learn how to use drones how to code, making it one of my favorite educational tools, too. The Tello drone, which weighs just 80 grams, can fly for 13 minutes and shoot 5 megapixel photos.

And this is fun: there’s also an Iron Man version of the Tello drone.

Price: $99

Flight time: 13 minutes

Read my full review of the Tello drone here.

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For good, cheap fun: the Aura Gesture Control drone

Fascinated by the idea of gesture-controlled drones like the DJI Spark, but not willing to drop $100? This Aura drone from KD Interactive is controlled entirely via a glove — and it is just $24. The drone embodies the spirit of a Jedi using the Force — you don a controller on your wrist, and control it entirely with the movement of your hands.

Price: $24

Flight time: 5-7 minutes

Read my full review of the Interactive Aura Gestured Control Drone here.

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For Star Wars fans: the Propel Star Wars drone

Propel Star Wars drone ($35): If you’re a Star Wars fan and you like the idea of a Jedi Mind Trick drone, why not just get an actual Star Wars drone? Propel’s new line of Star Wars battle drones are essentially a basic 4-ounce toy drone that is operated via remote controller — but there’s a whole lot more to it than just that.

And not only do the Propel drones fly, but they can also actually battle with other real drones via eye-safe lasers that can be fired at other Star Wars drones. The drone actually wobbles and the controller vibrates in your hand if hit. After three hits, the drone will crash land.

These highly-detailed, hand-painted (and very pricey) drones are a perfect gift for the Star Wars fan in your life, and an incredible keepsake item for the collectors in your life.

Price: $35

Flight time: 5-7 minutes

Read my full review of the Star Wars Propel Battle drones here.

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If you want to learn computer programming: Flybrix LEGO drone

Don’t expect to have a ton of success actually flying this drone. The success here is learning how to code, and letting your code fly the drone.

The Flybrix drone must be assembled by you out of LEGO parts (they come in the kit). The real challenge is for computer programmers who want to fly it.

Flybrix’s brain is an Arduino-compatible processor with a barometer, magnetometer, several indicator LEDs, ADC converters, SD card slot, and bluetooth. Its code is open-source, allowing for creative software engineers to program the drone to fly itself.

Of course, if you’re not into computer programming, you can also fly the drone with a traditional remote controller, as you would with most drones.

Flight time: a couple minutes

Price: $60

Buy the Flybrix LEGO drone from Amazon

Read my full review of the Flybrix LEGO drone kit here.

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