Build 8 working models that crawl, creep, wriggle, or hop to get around! Based around gear trains, linkages, and non-circular gears, this kit puts science into action! Young engineers will construct a Terrain-Walker Bot, RoBoar, Kangaroobot, Fairy Shrimp Bot, RoboMouse, Water Bear, Monkeybot, and Leopard Crawler, each with its own unique movement. A 44-page, full-color instruction manual is included with step-by-step instructions for creating each model. Three AA batteries required, not included. ~ Megan
1CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.
Get hands-on with physics and engineering by constructing eight awesome walking machines! Explore the workings of gear trains, linkages, and intermittent gears as you discover how these elements work together to create complex walking devices.
A 48-page manual guides you through builds of eight robots that are powered by a motor box. Each model moves in a different way. For example, the four-legged terrain-walker bot keeps its body level as it moves step by step, while the kangaroo-bot hops forward on two legs. The leopard-bot has four long legs while the wild boar has four short legs. The fairy shrimp model wriggles along on swimmerets while the monkey model uses its arms to crawl along a string.
The practice of assembling and disassembling each model provides invaluable insight into important engineering concepts and skills. Once youre finished building the models from the kit, combine what youve learned with your own imagination to construct new and unique creations!
A learning and playing experience rolled into one, these kits are a fun way to discover and comprehend basic engineering principles. Often the ideas behind why machines work are difficult to explain and understand. That's where these kits can help. By giving children a hands-on building experience while explaining the concepts behind why their contraptions work, understanding things such as kinetic energy, how force is transmitted, and how hydraulics work becomes not only easier but also more engrained into the brain. In each kit, a specific theme is explored, such as gears and transmissions. The child builds 5 - 10 machines that demonstrate each theme and an explanation is given as to how the machines work. Sometimes, concepts are explored in a more experimental way - for instance, in a discussion of how gears transmit force, children twist differently sized gears together to see how that effects the speed of rotation. Each contraption has exploded-view picture directions which are step-by-step and show how each piece fits together. However, younger children may still need adult assistance with some of the more complex projects. - Janine