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During the summer, not only do the kiddos get used to the lack of homework and school assignments, they also get bitten by the Boredom Bug. Because I cannot in good conscience allow them to do nothing but play Minecraft 24/7, I've been on the hunt for hands-on activities that support the same STEM skills that their favorite video game is known for.
Recently, we headed to Best Buy, and we were absolutely thrilled to see a nice selection of tech toys that are sure to make any kids interested in learning, even during summer break!
Our favorite of these great tech toys would have to be the Hexbug - VEX Robotics Robotic Arm. For one, who doesn't love robots?! Kids learn how industrial robots operate while constructing your own miniature version with this VEX robotic arm kit. It has four points of motion that let it rotate 360 degrees while raising objects up to 14 inches in the air and extending them 10 inches. The VEX robotic arm kit teaches important STEM principles.
Now you can unlock the mystery behind these sophisticated robots by building one of your own! Exclusively from HEXBUG® comes the VEX® Robotics Robotic Arm - a completely functional construction kit inspired by real industrial robot arms.
This unique Robotic Arm is hand powered and can pick up and relocate items using four degrees of freedom and an articulated grabber hand. The whole crane can rotate 360 degrees, allowing this miniature robot to perform the complex actions of its real life counterpart. Kids and robotics enthusiasts alike will have fun building this STEM-based kit that pays special attention to important scientific principals including gear reductions and power transfer through the robotic arm’s intricate gearing techniques.
HEXBUG® hopes to inspire future generations of engineers and designers by allowing them to explore this exciting field through the fun of hands-on creative play.
This toy is recommended for kids ages 8+, but younger kids can build, too, with proper adult supervision. Sophie and Xander fall into the younger category, but they were able to help their Daddy assemble this robotic arm, and they really enjoyed just watching him follow the easy instructions that were provided with the toy.
The kit has 350+ pieces, so building is a wonderful activity on a rainy afternoon, and will definitely keep kids busy and engaged. It is a bit time consuming to put together, but this isn't a bad thing, in my opinion. My kids didn't seem to mind the wait, either.
Here's Dan, picking up the cap to a bottle of bubbles. This is a small object, so the grabbing action is quite precise. It really takes a solid hold of different items, and doesn't release or drop them until the user makes it do so.
We would definitely recommend this and other great Hexbug Tech Toys for any families looking for a great way to keep education alive during these long summer days.
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Batteries not required.
Ages: 8 years and up.