- Ages 7 and up
- 36-page, full-color manual
- 204 pieces
- 6 models
The kit provides the pieces to build 6 different robotic machines: Construct a pivoting robotic laboratory arm with gripper claw. Assemble an extra long grabber claw to pick up things that are just out of reach. Build a vertical three-fingered claw that can lift a cup up off the table keeping it level. Experiment with models of robotic exoskeleton arms and legs. Make a compact grabber claw that you can slip into your shirt sleeve to pretend you have a robotic hand!
The Pneumatic System
In a machine, the parts that are responsible for moving or controlling a mechanism are called actuators. The robotic arms in this kit use mechanical parts (gears and axles) to move the robotic arm and a piston to open and close the gripper. The tubes, piston, pump, and air tank together are known as the pneumatic system. Each model has specific instructions for operation, but in general, the pneumatic system works by pumping about 30 times to fill the air tank and pushing and pulling the lever to operate the device in one direction.
The 36-page, full-color manual provides detailed step-by-step instructions for assembling the 6 models in this kit. After constructing each model, further instructions for operating that specific model are also included, and short experiments pose questions to get kids thinking about different aspects of mechanical engineering.
The kit comes with 204 building pieces including pistons, grippers, a pump, and air tank to use air pressure to activate the models. Also included is a die-cut plastic sheet for kids to make objects for their robotic arms to pick up. The plastic building system is compatible with other Thames & Kosmos Construction, Engineering, and Physics kits--combine the pieces to create your own configurations limited only by your imagination!
Kids learn additional information about the models they're building and their uses in real life in the 'Check It Out' sections of the manual. For example, they'll learn about how pneumatic and hydraulic systems are used in industrial robots to enable the robots to manipulate heavy objects such as automobile components, as well as what 'force,' and 'moments' are and why they're critical to the design of a robotic arm.