Robotics For Kids — Elementary School
It's that time of year again! In November, the local Lego robotics tournaments will begin & we HIGHLY recommend that you attend a weekend tournament in your area! It's FREE for the whole family to attend too. It's very exciting to see the Lego robots & watch the teams compete. It's also interesting to see how each Lego robot is built differently to solve the same tasks! Some robots are more successful at getting points than others & you can learn why.
So, are you interested in attending?!? We recommend a couple things:
1. Figure out which local robotics competition to attend
- Check out http://www.usfirst.org/whats-going-on. Look for "FIRST Lego League (FLL)" for ages 9-14 & "Jr. First Lego League (Jr. FLL)" for ages 6-9.
- Google FLL & your city name to see if there are any local websites with more competitions
2. Learn more about this year's robot game called "2015 Trash Trek Challenge" so you learn what the robots are doing & how the robots can score points. Check out this video:
3. Learn the basics of what FLL is all about by watching this video below:
And if you're interested in joining a team for next year, keep in mind that you can introduce yourself to an FLL team coach or start your own team next year!
Have fun & let us know if you enjoyed the tournament! Also, what did you learn?
Are you ready to learn how to build a robot? For kids ages 9 & up, the VEX IQ Super robotics kits & LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits are 2 of best robot kits for beginners that you'll want to consider buying. Keep in mind that these robot kits are perfect if you are ready to get into robotics & want to build a lot of robots!! If you like construction toys like LEGO & want to learn how to make them "do" things, robotics is for you.
As for the Vex IQ Robotics Kit, it is $300 & comes with 850 pieces including 7 sensors, 4 motors, radio controller, & robot brain. For programming the robot, you can use a graphical programming language Modkit or RobotC. This robot kit is generally used in classrooms, robotics clubs, or for VEX robotics competitions. However, you can also teach yourself at home through the free online curriculum & tutorials. Keep in mind that if you're still in elementary school, you may need an adult to help you get started.
Check out this excellent video for a review of the VEX IQ Super Kit:
And in case you need to explain to your parents or teachers what you'll be learning from the VEX IQ robotics program, have your parents or teachers watch this video:
Are you ready to learn how to make a robot? Are you ready for a VEX IQ Kit?
The Miposaur is one awesome robot dinosaur pet! You can train or play with this remote control dinosaur by controlling it through a mobile app on a smart phone or tablet.
Check out this funny video to learn how the Miposaur works AND to see if Batman, Superman, or The Flash keeps the Miposaur:
Will the Miposaur be on your wishlist this Christmas?
Let us know what you think of this dino robot in the comments below!
Dash and Dot robots are simple, cute, & fun robots that can be used at home to teach young kids (ages 5 & up) the basics of robotics. In addition, they are a great first robot to learn how to code or program on a mobile phone or tablet so that they can control the robot. What I really like about these robots is that there aren't many construction pieces (e.g. LEGOs), so you can really focus on learning the basics of programming a robot before you buy another robot kit with construction pieces. The Dash & Dot Wonder Pack is a great buy at $280.
Dash and Dot robots are so fun that there is an online "Dot & Dash Show" with 10 YouTube episodes. Each episode shows what you can make with these robots!
Check out the first episode of the Dash & Dot robot show in this video:
Check out this video to see a real kid show us his robot playing the xylophone & how he created the code to control the robot on his tablet:
Do you know how to program robots yet? If not, do the Dash & Dot robots seem fun & easy to learn?
Are you ready to learn how to make a robot? For kids ages 9 & up, the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits are E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T robots for beginners. If you play with a lot of LEGO Technic sets & want to take things to the next level, you'll probably like the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits. A LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit costs $350 & includes 500+ LEGO pieces, 3 sensors, 3 motors, the robot brain, & an RC controller. There are a few ways to learn how to use these LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits: 1) At home following instructions & tutorials online, 2) At a robotics summer camp or classes, or 3) At a local robotics club or team which will participate in robotics competitions.
Check out this video to see a review of the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit:
And listen to Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway & founder of US FIRST, explain to parents & teachers why LEGO Mindstorms kits are so great for kids:
Do you already play with LEGOs? Are you ready to get a LEGO MIndstorms EV3 kit?