My dad was handy, and it's a good thing, too. As soon as my electric lime green RC car came out of the box, I whipped it across the driveway and started and smashing it into things. Lots of people probably have the same childhood memory: Old-fashioned metal-and-plastic remote-controlled cars that were fun, loud, and easy to break.
That's why we like the , a different kind of RC car made by entrepreneur Abigail Edgecliff-Johnson that is in the midst of its campaign. Raceya is 3D-printed and built with the idea that kids will customize the heck out of it.
Those wheels, for example, come off with a twist, allowing kids to play with putting different kinds of tires on the car (and sneaking in a science lesson about friction at the same time). Lego board covers the battery compartment, inviting them to mod the ride in whatever blocky way they desire.
Smash up the Raceya? No biggie. The site will contain files that let you download and 3D print replacement parts at home—and in whatever color you want—if you've got the technology or access to it, Edgecliff-Johnson says. If not, Raceya can print them for you.
Edgecliff-Johnson wanted to make a STEM-focused toy, but not one that requires coding as a prerequisite. So Raceya is drivable and changeable as a fun car out of the box, but includes the ability for older kids who are getting into programming to code new features into the ride.
As of this writing, Raceya is about halfway to its Kickstarter funding goal with two weeks remaining. It's all-or-nothing Kickstarter project, but Edgecliff-Johnson says she's been developing the toy for years and will keep on building whether or not that money ultimately comes in.