Robotics: Smart Machines - Hoverbots

Robotics: Smart Machines - Hoverbots

# 053412

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Item #: 053412
Grades: 3-8

Product Description:

A neat and creative way for students to get a hands-on learning experience with robot building, programming, and physics. This robot kit features a balancing robot that can take on different forms. In the included instruction manual, the user will learn how to make 8 different robotic forms (each labeled with difficulty level) with step-by-step illustrations. In addition to the instructions in the book, each build also features a QR code for digital instructions. Throughout the manual, each build highlights an example of a similar machine that is used in the real world. Each of the build variations use a balancing technology, very similar to that of hoverboards and motorized balance scooters. The construction of the robots is simple with interlocking plastic pieces. This kit would make a great beginner kit for an introduction to robotics class or course.

Once the desired robot form is constructed, the robot can be controlled by a Bluetooth program through a downloadable app. Using a tablet or smartphone, scan the QR code in the instruction manual to find the required apps. The apps are free and compatible with both iOS and Android. The instruction manual shows how to use the app for each of the builds. In order to operate, a Phillips screwdriver will be needed and the motor requires 6 AA batteries, batteries and screwdriver not included. Includes 227 pieces, with a 60-page pb manual. ~ Brianna

Publisher Description:

Discover the world of robotics — an exciting, interdisciplinary field combining physics, engineering, and computer science. This kit gives kids a simple, fun, and customizable introduction to robotics. You can build eight motorized robots that use a special self-balancing technology to move around.

Code programs for your robots using an easy, visual programming app on a tablet or smartphone, which connects to the robots via a wireless Bluetooth connection. The robots use a combination of sensors to balance themselves. A gyroscope sensor is used to detect the angle of tilt of the vehicle. An accelerometer is a sensor that detects the acceleration, or change in speed, of the vehicle. Together, these two sensors can tell the microcontroller — the robot’s “brain” — if the vehicle is tilting too far forward or backward and moving too fast forward or backward to remain balanced. Then, sensors attached to the motors, called encoders, can determine the current speed of the wheels. Using the app interface, you can program the robots to move at different speeds and in different directions, and you can program them to light up in various colors and play sounds.

Learn about real-world balancing robots like Segways and hoverboards. After learning how the technology works, you can design, build, and program your own robots using the kit’s 227 building pieces. A full-color, 60-page step-by-step illustrated manual helps kids assemble all of the models and teaches them about robotics in the real world.

Digital assembly instructions are also available in a separate app for Android or iOS. In the programming app, the visual programming language allows you to command the robots’ lights, sounds, and motors. The motors can be programmed to move at different times, different power levels, in different directions, and in response to the data from the gyroscope sensor. Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android. Please check the app stores for compatibility and device requirements.

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Thames and Kosmos
3.7 (lbs.)
13.0" x 19.0" x 3.62"
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