Unboxing BUZZBOT & MUTTBOT KIT from UBTECH JIMU ROBOT TOYS (FULL REVIEW)
Ubtechs Jimu robot helps kids learn STEM skills
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- , a build-it-yourself robot toy, helps teach kids the basics of coding, programming, and robotics — three STEM skills that will be critical in the future.
- Kids can build one of several robots using instructions provided in the kit, or they can make a custom creation from their own imagination.
- The free Jimu app allows for active, real-time control of robots or for the creation of programs that will automatically control the bot.
I'm a 36-year-old college educated adult with years of experience using computers, phones, and tablets — and who grew up playing with LEGOs, an erector set, and all other manner of complex construction toys. Yet, when I see some of the tech toys on the market today, I'm initially overwhelmed by their complexity. That probably means a lot of kids feel the same way. (Right? It's not just me?)
That's how I thought I'd feel when I unboxed the from the tech toy company Ubtech. The kit comes with more than 400 snap-together pieces, three different miniature motors, sensors, lights, and other hardware. You use the pieces to construct your own custom robots that you can then program to perform all sorts of tasks using a paired app.
Looking at all the pieces strewn across the table and pondering how I'd create an original program to make the robot I'd somehow build was daunting enough for me to consider giving up on this one, but I knew that was no option. I had a five-year-old kid I had to impress by figuring it all out. (And as Jimu is intended for kids eight and older, this time it really was on the adult.)
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While you can use the to create any original robot you want, and while you can use the app to create original block coding programs, you can also follow included step-by-step instructions to build two robots — a charming little excavator named DozerBot and a plucky dump truck named DirtBot. Each can be programmed to complete specific tasks, such as lifting the dump truck's hopper, operating DozerBot's scoop arm, or driving in certain patterns.
In the process of following the instructions to build and program these two bots, you and your kids will become quite comfortable with how the assembly process goes, how the motors and sensors work with the construction pieces, and how to program a . Your robot can be controlled with programs that are multiple steps long, completing a complex series of actions such as driving around a room using any number of turns, depositing an object in a chosen location, then following another path to another point, and all the while flashing lights and moving various parts.
While initially using toys like the Jimu Robot Builderbots can be a bit intimidating, if you stick with it, soon the challenge gives way to fun. And the skills youngsters (and adults) build while using such sets may well translate into important abilities later in life.
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