With thousands of robots out there, it might be hard to navigate among the different products and find the best one for you. That’s why all the RobotShop experts have gathered for you this list of the 5 best robotics learning kits.
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Who is this for?
Building a robot from a construction kit is the perfect way to start learning about robotic technology since all parts are compatible with one another and everything you need is usually included. Furthermore, as technology evolves ever more quickly in all aspects of modern living, it is important that the next generation know as much as possible about design, electronics, programming, and integration in order to stay competitive. This is why robotics is becoming increasingly important at all levels of education.
Learning kits provide a great way to dive into robotics at all ages and with any technological background.
Why should you trust us?
At RobotShop we’ve been among the pioneers of robotics. With about 15 years of experience of selling robotics learning kits and ready-to-build robot kits, we’re among the few unbiased experts in the world when it comes to robotics learning kits and which ones are the best.
Our pick – littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit 2nd Edition
The littlebits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit 2nd Edition is the ultimate invention toolbox. Motors, wheels, lights, switches, servos, buzzers, even the tools to build a remote control – snap it all together to spark creativity and fun. Want to invent a remote control racecar? Do it. Create an automatic bubble blowing device? Go for it! Make a wireless doorbell, a bumper ball game, even a mischief machine to scare the pants off friends and family. Start with step-by-step instructions for 16 inventions, then break out of the box and hack your world for fun. Start inventing the minute you open the box. The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit comes with 15 electronic building blocks, a detailed instruction handbook, and all the accessories and tools you need to unleash the inventor within. Create, play, remix, then share your creations with the world. Need some inspiration? Check out the thousands of inventions on the community pages and the free littleBits app.
Our team’s verdict: littleBits’ products are among the best robotics products for kids and this one is no exception. This is the best robotics learning kit in the market and offers limitless applications and inventions. It can truly help you develop skills for careers that haven’t been invented yet.
Runner-up – Snap Circuits LIGHT Experiments Kit
Watch the Snap Circuits LIGHT Experiments Kit and be amazed at what your music can do with it. Connect your iPod or any MP3 player and enjoy your music as the lights change to the beat. The strobe light with spinning patterns will amaze you with its visual effects. Elenco’s Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build over 175 exciting projects. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics.
Our team’s verdict: This learning kit is extremely innovative and interactive. With 55 parts and more than 150 possible projects, this kit will offer countless hours of learning and fun.
Upgrade pick – KANO Complete Kit (Computer + Screen)
The KANO Educational Computer Kit is a computer anyone can make. You build and code it yourself. It’s a fun way to make, play and express your creativity with technology. The KANO Educational Computer Kit comes with 10 plug-and-play components including: a Raspberry Pi, a wireless keyboard, a DIY speaker, a custom case, power and HDMI cables, memory card, a USB power supply, an illustrated storybook and 4 sheets of stickers. No prior knowledge is needed.
Our team’s verdict: This kit includes everything you need to build your own computer based on the Raspberry Pi platform.
Budget pick – E-Blox Circuit Builder 115 Set
Great addition to any STEM program. Learn all about electricity, current and voltage. Play song and sounds while lights flash and a fan spins. Compatible with other building brick sets
Our team’s verdict: This kit is very affordable and will introduce kids to the concept of electronic circuits and to build them. This is a great STEM-related product.
Also great – Arduboy Arduino Electronic Kit
The Arduboy Arduino Electronic Kit is an open platform for people to play, create and share games. A game system, the size of a credit card. Choose your favorite classic game from the completely free Arduboy Arcade. Built on the popular Arduino software, it’s also an excellent way to learn how to program! Because you can learn to make your own games, Arduboy is a game system the size of your imagination!
Our team’s verdict: Not only this kit will get you to learn electronics and programming, you’ll also have built your very own video game console. And maybe your own video games! This is a very fun product that might generate some vocations.
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