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Would this be a good toy for a technically inclined primary age student to learn programming, or is the logic required more at a middle school/high school level?
It might be a bit beyond the primary student (at least at first) but it could be a fun project to do with them.
On the other hand, i've seen kids do some absolutely stellar stuff.
I'd argue the sooner the better!
Just to turn the lights on and then have them alternate colors is pretty easy. The nice thing is it comes with some demo modes so you can play around with the variables and get immediate feedback on how it works.
That said, you could also pick up an arduino and a couple RGB leds and make a real simple circuit to start learning on then upgrade to this later if it's something they're interested in. I think I'm going to try and get a Arduino Starter Kit up soon that might be right up your alley. It'll come with the Arduino and enough parts to do a bunch of fun little projects. Blinking lights, temperature sensor, light sensor, etc.