There is a new lovely trend sweeping up both younger and older children. It is building robots from robotic kits. There are many sorts of kits, from ones that require a lot of extra work like soldering parts together and kits that don’t require soldering. There are new clubs and robotics classes springing up everywhere which allow for the opportunity to compete against other kids with robots. Hence,this article is about the very best robot kits that are suitable for robotics for kids. Also, if you’d like more, check out Lifewire’s list of robotic kits for kids.
When looking at robotic kits you need to evaluate which one is best for your child and that will be determined by their age and how much time you as the parent or teacher will need to spend monitoring them. With soldering robotic kits, you will need to watch over them since a very hot soldering iron is used to build the robots. This will be especially true if working with young kids. When using non-soldering kits you won’t have to constantly watch them, but you will want to work with them to enjoy watching them learn and grow.
Robot kits are a great way for your kids to learn about math, science, and computers without realizing they are actually learning in these areas. Parents and teachers will enjoy seeing the kids grasp these new concepts and take hold while having fun.
One kit, in particular, is great for parents and young kids to work on. It is called Lego Mastermind. This robot is very much like a human, with its alternate ways that can move freely around. It is a non-soldering robot kit with many different parts for hours of fun building the different types of robots. In some areas of Singapore, there are even all day robotics classes and clubs where your kid can attend in order to learn more about how to build the different types of formations.
Robotic clubs are a fun way kids can learn about sharing, friendly competition, winning awards, and having fun with other kids their age. Robotic clubs are one of many clubs supported by schools around Singapore. There are categories for robots built by very young kids all the way up to high school age kids. The young kids compete in categories that use non-soldering robot kits as well as some that require soldering. When parents look at these kits, they can be ensured their kids can be left alone to build their robots without fear of being burned when using non-soldering kits.
These types of clubs not only teach about team-building but also about safety. Parents can drop off their young kids at these clubs and be confident of their safety. Besides, there are teachers, mentors, and other parents volunteering to ensure all goes smoothly at the club meetings. As kids get older, they can grow through the other levels of these clubs from using non-soldering kits up to the levels that require wiring and the use of a soldering iron. These upper levels prepare kids for entering college and can even provide scholarships. By starting out in the robot club at the age of 6 building non-soldering robots and eventually growing through the different levels of the club, they would not only be graduating from high school, but also graduating from this robot club with the hopes and dreams of pursuing an engineering career both in college and as part of their lifelong career. Who knows, maybe the young kid getting involved with non-soldering robots may one day be the adult who comes up with the environment saving alternative fuel supply that will save our planet.
The Robotics and Electronics Kits
From simplified toys that let your kids build introductory robots with ready-made parts (and little to no assistance from a parent or adult), to tiny computers that can power impressive projects, these kits allow you and your family to play around with robotics at home. Thereby giving your kid the reason to love learning
Toys like littleBits allow your kids to make simple circuits that can be built into more elaborate projects that do cool things, like shoot confetti or draw. littleBits and similar toys can be great for creating introductory projects since they don’t require any loose parts or complicated tools, but they can be expensive.
For your older kids who are curious about how things work or want to combine coding and hardware, Arduino is a small open-sourced microcontroller (basically, a computer) that can be programmed into all sorts of inventions.
Raspberry Pi is a small and affordable computer that’s great for your kids. This capable little device plugs into a computer or TV and allows your kids to explore computing with languages like Python and Scratch. This device can also be used in digital maker projects, like robots or music machines.
RaspberryPi.org has lots of great resources to help kids get started.
For some kids who are interested in combining a love of music with a love of science, there’s even a specialized electronics kit called Ototo that turns everyday objects into musical instruments.
The maker community has lots of great physical spaces and online tutorials for experimenting with robotics and electronics. With all kinds of projects, at various scales of difficulty, it’s easy to find a project that you and your kids can try together.
Robotics classes for kids are very great ways to build exceptional crop of intelligent individuals. When your kids use robotic kits to learn how to plan and build structures and projects when they’re young, they are bound to continue the application of these concepts as they get exposed to more complex ideas. Robotics for kids also reinforces literacy skills, as kids research and record their robotics experiments.
Have fun, build a closer relationship with your kids, foster learning without really learning, and you never know the robot your child builds today in the club may become the actual robot of our future that will help us out with identified tasks.