Being able to create your own robot gives students and kids a great sense of achievement, with the added bonus of allowing children to develop patience, imagination and problems solving skills. There are a number of impressive kids robotics kits on the market that even parents will enjoy playing with. Plus, these types of projects provide valuable bonding time for kids and parents as it’s a toy that both can really relish. In classrooms, robotics are perfect for teaching coding to kids, there are many programmable robot kits that use a simple drag and drop programing language based on Scratch. Making your own robot is also a creative a process, where kids and students utilize their design skills to come up with interesting robot designs. The 10 best make your own robot kits for kids on the market are listed below.
Cubelets Robot Blocks
One of the best robot kits for kids are Cubelets, interlocking robotic cubes that click together using magnets. Each cube has its own purpose and by joining them together you can make your robot do all sorts of things. You can get brick adapters to connect your cubes to lego bricks for even more artistic robotic building, and even add a Bluetooth Cubelet to make your robot remote controlled. More info: Modular Robotics
MOSS Zombonitron 1600 Kit
The MOSS Modular Robotics kit is a really easy to use build your own robot kit that has the simplicity of lego. Developed by the same company that made Cubelets, these pieces click together using magnets and metal ball bearings, allowing kids to be even more creative with their robot designs.
The Tinkerbots robot kit is a modular building set consisting of many cube-like modules that can be combined in various forms and shapes. The robots can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet, and kids can even program the robots themselves using the C programming language, as Tinkerbots are Arduino based. So, as the name suggests, kids can tinker with bots and have a great time learning how to do it.
Makeblock mBot Educational Robot Kit for Kids Blue(Bluetooth Version)
The Makeblock mBot Educational Robot Kit is designed for STEM education and teaches kids how to build your own robot and program it to move. Using a visual programming language based on the drag and drop Scratch program from M.I.T, kids and students will enjoy learning how to put this little robot together.
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313
The Lego brand is famous worldwide and popular among the young and old. Team it together with the technology to make a programable robot and you have a recipe for success.The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot kit, lets you program your robot to dance, move, pick up objects and do a multitude of tasks. Connected to a smartphone or tablet, users can easily use the drag and drop coding language to bring their robot to life and share their creations with the Lego Mindstorms community.
KNEX Beasts Alive Robo-Smash Building Set
Another amazing build a robot for kids kit is the KNEX Beasts Alive Robo-Smash Building Set, which comes with 156 K’NEX pieces together with a battery powered motor. Kids will have great fun building this robotic beast which is part of the K’NEX Beast Alive range.
Thames & Kosmos Remote-Control Machines: Space Explorers Science Kit
The Thames & Kosmos Remote-Control Machines: Space Explorers is the ultimate educational robot kit for that wanna be astronaut. Kids can build a Mars rover, a space probe and a rocket launcher car among other things. The kit comes with an extensive 64 page illustrated manual, where they can learn about the real life robots they are replicating.
Meccano MeccaNoid G15
The Meccano MeccaNoid G15 is giant 2-foot-tall robot that is controlled by an iPhone, iPad or Android device. Once completely built, this robot can be voice programmed to dance, memorize movements and record audio. Designed for ages 10 years and up, the Meccano robot has an uncanny resemblance to Johnny Five from Short Circuit, for those of you who remember that.
HEXBUG VEX IQ Robotics Construction Set
The HEXBUG VEX IQ Robotics Construction Set is a 750 piece build your own kids robotics kit. Using the Modkit drag and drop visual programming language, kids can control their robots and build anything they can imagine. Hexbug are a well known brand that make the Nano Micro Robotic Creatures, that are very popular with children.
4M Tin Can Robot
Create your own robot from a tin can with the 4M Tin Can Robot. You don’t actually get a tin can with the kit, you have to recycle one yourself and use the available robot parts to build your creation. Once built, your little robot guy will move around the room and you’ll have a great sense of satisfaction, so keep that next soda can somewhere safe.