Instructions are diagrammed pictures, so little reading is required. However, there are some recommended tools not included. These are a diagonal cutter, a Phillips head screwdriver, a knife, and a hammer. In addition, the robot requires four AAA batteries not included. Winner of Creative Child and Dr. Toy Awards in Robots are everywhere! Not just in toy stores or science fiction movies; did you know that robots are also in hospitals, factories, household appliances, and outer space?
Through hands-on projects, Robotics teaches kids about the many functions of robots in science, technology, math, and everyday life. Each chapter focuses on a different topic, such as robot development, bodies, motion, and sensors. The text manages to be technical while remaining accessible and kid-friendly.
Each chapter includes diagrams, fun facts, and bolded vocabulary words keyed to "Words to Know" glossary boxes. Twenty projects are included for kids to build their own robots, each containing an overview, list of supplies, and step-by-step instructions. While you'll likely have some of the more common items around the house, you'll probably need to make a trip to the hardware or hobby store for some unless you already have DC motors or extra electrical wire lying around!
The book also suggests dollar stores as a resource for inexpensive motors and such, gained from cheap hand-held electric fans, keychain lights, and other items that can be taken apart for parts. You can even use salvaged parts from recycled toys and other household devices for some of the projects! Several "pen and paper" Logo programming projects are included as well.
The front of the book includes a robotics timeline; glossary, list of resources, and index are located in the back. Whether you complete all of the projects, or just a few, the information alone makes for a great read and is sure to spark curiosity in the STEM fields. This robot is a good middle-ground for someone who wants to build a robot but doesn't want it to be a project requiring a myriad of tools and tons of time. Besides the mechanical and plastic parts included in the kit, all you need to provide are a diagonal cutter, a screwdriver, and 4 AA batteries.
The instruction manual first outlines the steps through pictures of building the control box. Then it provides ten modules to build all of the pieces necessary for the robot — the base module, gearbox module, track and arm modules, fork modules, and link modules. These modules are then used to build any of the three models possible — the gripper, the rover, or the forklift. Instructions are included for assembly and disassembly of all three models so you can switch the robot back and forth as many times as you want.
Once you've built a model, use the control box to move it forward or backward, turn right or left, or make the forklift lift or the gripper grab. The pieces are well-made and lend to easy construction and a sturdy end product. Welcome to RainbowResource.
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