Robots are pretty cool aren’t they? But, wouldn’t it be even cooler to learn to programme your own robot? It’s not just children that will be interested in this great gift idea, it’s perfect for the geeks in our lives, my husband included. Clementoni have come up with an ingenious STEM toy that will excited both girls and boys.
This is aimed at ages 10 and over and is idea for those that love to be creative.
The kit contains all the parts required to build 5 different robots. These increase in complexity and can be programmed manually or via the APP. The App is free to download and much to my delight and appreciation is really well set out making build, create, learn (there is a tutorial that will teach you how to programme your robot) and control.
What’s in the box?
1 cybernetic brain
3 electronic motors
2 IR sensors
1 touch sensor
Over 250 interchangeable components.
What can the robots do?
The robots movements, speed and sounds can all be programmed and the complexity will depend on which robot you choose to build. Once you have built them all and developed your skills as a robot builder you can then try and create your very own robot designs and programme those too for even more fun! You will have all the knowledge you need to do so by that stage.
The robots have infra-red sensors allowing them to identify objects around them and the touch sensor recognises when the robot has picked them up.
X1-Explorer; you can program movements, speed and sounds.
X2- Spider can turn into into prey or predator.
With the X3-Sumobot you can play at following lines.
X4-Guardian scours the areas in search of intruders.
X5-Droid can grab objects and then figure out if they are white or black!
The APP allows the user to program the robots from either a tablet or smartphone. It teaches block programming which is essential to learning the principles of coding.
What did the we think?
All my children loved this and so did my husband who insisted on helping and took over the construction of our robot as he wanted it to be done properly. At least that was his excuse. With over 200 hundred pieces to assemble and having done almost the first hundred the girls didn’t argue too much as they couldn’t wait to play with their new toy.
It was lovely to see the children helping daddy find the next pieces he needed and I’m sure the children will treasure this memory as adults. It’s as you’ve guessed a great bonding project. I will be encouraging them all to sit together and build some of the other robots when we have time.
The girls did struggle a little with undoing parts they had put together incorrectly when they started building it. Some of the plastic joining parts broke on undoing but luckily there are plenty in the pack.
The robots take a while to assemble and we chose the easiest of the robots, the Explorer, just to make sure we could manage it. I can’t stress how useful the app was in helping us construct the robot giving step by step instructions and making something that looks really complicated far more manageable.
The children enjoyed controlling the robot which moves well and loved that it also made noises.
These are great for keeping the children busy and doing something educational and fun all at the same time. It’s also a great tool to teach patience and persistence. Roll on half term this mummy is ready for you!
See the robot in action:
This is available from Smyths for £69.99.
Also in the range:
The Clementoni range is pretty varied and includes baby toys, soft building toys, educational, creative toys and scientific toys. Another that the girls are looking forward to building even though they know their little brother plans to steal it is the Grand Prix set.
This has over 350 interchangeable parts allowing for 10 different racing car models to be made. One of the cars is a Formula 1 car with functioning steering wheel, adjustable rear spoiler and rear wheels. Other options include a go kart, off-roader and more! The manual guides users through the various steps. This can also be control via app.
This is available from Smyths for £29.99.
You can find out more about the range of products available from Clementoni over on their website http://www.clementoni.com/en/
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Disclosure: The children were sent samples for the purpose of the review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.