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My nephew is interested in robots. I told him that we could build a robot together and he got really excited. Originally my plan was to get Lego mindstorms, but considering it is $350. I am hoping to find a cheaper way to test out the waters. Also, at his current age I assume he will want to keep what we build and may be a bit rough with it. I figure when he is a bit older Lego mindstorms is the way to go.

Anyone know of simple and fun robot kits?

  • Nephew just turned 6
  • Looking for something we can put together
  • Simple action like pushing a button to cause the robot to drive forward for X seconds
  • Looking to build something my newphew could keep and play with.

If anyone has any ideas shoot me an email, comment, or tweet.

Thanks! Current ideas (shared, sent, and found)

Results

I ended up going with, the tin can robot. Which worked out great. Since he is 6 and the product is recommended for 8 and up, it was a lot more of me putting it together and him helping, but it did maintain his interest the entire time and we were able to finish the robot. I did have issues screwing nearly all of the joints together. I gave up on a number of them and ended up just taping a few pieces together with invisible tape. Overall, still worked out great, he learned some things it sparked his interest, and he asked great questions.

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