A build-your-own-robot kit makes a great birthday present or holiday gift. Robots are more than just a cool toy. They also serve as a valuable educational tool, teaching skills related to programming, physics, and design. Here are five great robot kits that will appeal to both kids and adults. Best of all, these kits won’t break the bank. Read on to see which robot kits from Amazon made our list.
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1. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
As of this writing, the OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot is Amazon’s #1 best-selling solar kit. This kit allows you to experiment with 14 different robot modes, none of which require batteries. This makes it a great gift for kids who love science and the environment.
If you have a bright sunny day, you can play with this kit for hours. Plus, you’ve gotta love the fact that it’s basically 14 toys for the price of one. This kit is great for both beginning and intermediate robot builders. Designed for kids and teens, the recommended age range for this kit 8-15 years old. This toy is also recommended for use in home school science curriculums.
Price: $21.03 (46 percent off MSRP)
2. OWI Robotic Arm Edge
This robotic arm kit allows you to program a variety of grasping and flexing motions. The kit allows you to experiment with a radial wrist motion of 120°, an extensive elbow range of motion of 300°, and a base rotation of 270°. Oh, and did we mention that there is not soldering required?
Designed for both home school education and recreational use, this robotic arm is a great toy for any budding engineer or programmer. This toy does require D batteries, and is best for kids aged 10-15.
If you’re looking for something even more extravagant, consider a Lego Mindstorms robot kit.
Price: $40.80 (15 percent off MSRP)
3. 4M Salt Water Powered Robot Kit
If you live near a beach, then this is definitely the robot kit to buy. This is an inexpensive racing robot kit that requires only charcoal and salt water to power up. That makes this a great toy for families who are making an effort to go green.
Because this robot kit has small parts, kids under three years should not play with this toy. The manufacturer recommends this “how to make a robot” kit for ages eight and up.
4. Thames and Kosmos Gyroscopic Robot Kit
Another robot kit that’s like multiple toys in one box, this “Gyrobot” kit lets you build seven different robots. The kit also includes a full-color, illustrated experiment manual. The manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions, and also explains some of the science behind gyroscopes. This kit is designed for kids as young as eight.
If you’re shopping for a gyroscopic toy, you may also want to consider this BB-8 robot toy from Sphero. While not a robot kit, this adaptive robot still provides some educational benefits.
Price: $33 (34 percent off MSRP)
5. Parallax ActivityBot Robot Kit
While most of the other robot kits on our list are relatively inexpensive, this is a bit more premium. If you have a couple hundred bucks to drop on a robot kit, this makes for a stellar educational toy. The robot itself is programmable in C with a GCC based Integrated Development Environment available for both Windows and Macintosh.
The kit allows for encoders for accurate motion controls. There are also IR and ultrasonic sensors for obstacle avoidance, allowing you to create a really advanced robot. This is a kit that will definitely appeal to teens, college students, and adults.
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