Even if you never had an aptitude for electronics or programming, you probably wished you could build your own robot. Sure, you probably weren’t seriously thinking R2-D2 or Data or WALL-E, but if you could cobble together a mechanical creation that moved and operated and reacted on its own, that would have been the pinnacle of your engineering powers for all time.
Geeek Club understands this primary dream to create robotic life. With the Geeek Club Robot Construction Kit ($59, 40 percent off), they’ve fashioned a cool, yet realistic way for even the non-tech inclined among us to assemble and program our own robot curiosities.
This project far exceeded expectations when it landed on Kickstarter last year, racking up pledges almost 20 times over their modest $7,000 goal.
The result was the NanoBot collection, an assemblage that’s equal parts puzzle, science, engineering and creativity.
You get the component parts to create seven different NanoBot robots, each giving builders an education in structural engineering and electrical design without it feeling like a stuffy classroom tutorial.
Each robot comes in its own slender packaging that’s about the size of a credit card. With 70 different pieces, including light sensors and vibro-motors, you follow the step-by-step instructions to build a robot from the ground up, each capable of intelligently moving toward any light source, giving you endless amusement and a fun conversation starter as the perfect attention-grabbing desk decor.
But this is no simple snap-together model kit. In addition to training in putting each robot together, including soldering help, you also receive videos from the robot’s creator, explaining their function, how they work and why they were created. Unlike a simple puzzle, creators actually get insight into the principles of robotics, basic electrical engineering, and the elementary problem solving skills that bring even pint-sized robots to true artificial life.
For any adult or inquisitive kid with a thirst for knowledge, this Geeek Club Robot Construction Kit is a monumental collection. Originally $99, you can now get the full package of seven robots for only $59.
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