Thames & Kosmos Robotics: Smart Machines – HoverBots w/ BalanceTech STEM Experiment Kit | Build 8 Self-Balancing Robots | Color Manual & 3D Digital Assembly Instructions | Requires Tablet, Smartphone

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  • Build and program eight motorized models.
  • Models use a combination of sensors to balance themselves.
  • Two apps available: a visual programming and controller app, and an app that guides model assembly with 3D digital instructions (both for iOS and Android).
  • Fun, customizable introduction to robotics, engineering, coding, and ultrasonic technology.
  • Part of the award-winning Robotics: Smart Machines series; all kits in this series require a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android (not included).
  • Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android (not included).

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Construct Gravity-Defying Hoverbots!

 

  • Build and program amazing robots that balance on two wheels!
  • Discover the world of robotics — an exciting, interdisciplinary field combining physics, engineering, and computer science.
  • You can build eight motorized robots that use a special self-balancing technology to move around.
  • After learning how the technology works, you can design, build, and program your own robots using the kit’s 227 building pieces.
  • Using the app interface, you can program the robots to move at different speeds and in different directions, and you can program them to light up in various colors and play sounds.
  • A full-color, 60-page step-by-step illustrated manual helps kids assemble all of the models and teaches them about robotics in the real world.
  • Digital assembly instructions are also available in a separate app for Android or iOS. In the programming app, the visual programming language allows you to command the robots’ lights, sounds, and motors.
  • Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android. Please check the app stores for compatibility and device requirements.

 

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Recommended Age 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+ 10+
Number of Models/Experiments 8 models: HoverBot and Rover, Pendulum, Balancing Bird, Robotic Waiter, Target Practice Robot, Balancing Dino Robot, and Personal Transporter. 8 models: a Bipedal Droid, Spy Bot, Beetle, Crocodile, Tiltrotor Aircraft, Robo Dog, Robotosaurus, and Catapult. 8 models: Turtle robot, Dozer bot, Scorpion robot, Desert explorer, Helicopter, Rover bot, Dancing bot, and Scout rover. 8 models: the Trackbot, Scout Robot, Tracker Bot, Dozer Bot, Fire Rescue Robot, Conveyor Belt, Escalator, and Tundra Explorer 10 models: an Ultrasonic Turtle Robot, Rouch Sensor Robot, Drawing Robot, Claw-arm Robot, Ball-shooting Robot, Light-tracking Robot, Ultrasonic Walking Robot, Butler rrobot, Scorpion Robot, and a Robotic Arm!
Number of Pieces 227 230 233 197 306
Experiment Manual 60-page, full-color manual with step-by-step assembly instructions. 64-page, full-color manual with step-by-step assembly instructions. 64-page, full-color manual with step-by-step assembly instructions. 60-page, full-color manual with step-by-step assembly instructions. 64-page, full-color manual with step-by-step assembly instructions.
Difficulty Level Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate Advanced
Batteries Required? Yes: (3) AA (not included) Yes: (3) AA (not included) Yes: (3) AA (not included) Yes: (3) AA (not included) Yes: (6) AA (not included)
What can you do with it? Build eight motorized robots that balance on two wheels and are controlled by programs! Experiment with physics, engineering, and computer science. Code the programs using an easy, visual programming app on a tablet or smartphone. Build eight motorized machines controlled by programs and an ultrasound sensor! Experiment with physics, engineering, and computer science. Code the programs using an easy, visual programming app on a tablet or smartphone. Build eight motorized machines controlled by programs and an ultrasound sensor! Experiment with physics, engineering, and computer science. Code the programs using an easy, visual programming app on a tablet or smartphone. Build eight motorized machines controlled by programs and an ultrasound sensor! Experiment with physics, engineering, and computer science. Code the programs using an easy, visual programming app on a tablet or smartphone. Build and program robots with this complete robotics engineering system. Using sensors, motors, a core controller, and hundreds of snap-together building pieces, you can follow the instructions to assemble ten different robots.
Models, Assembly & Troubleshooting Videos Available Online? Yes! Tutorial available on the Thames & Kosmos YouTube channel Yes! Check out the robots in action on the Thames & Kosmos YouTube channel Yes! Check out the robots in action on the Thames & Kosmos YouTube channel Yes! Check out the robots in action on the Thames & Kosmos YouTube channel Yes! Tutorial available on the Thames & Kosmos YouTube channel
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Build and program amazing robots that balance on two wheels! Discover the world of robotics — an exciting, interdisciplinary field combining physics, engineering, and computer science. This kit gives kids a simple, fun, and customizable introduction to robotics. You can build eight motorized robots that use a special self-balancing technology to move around. Code programs for your robots using an easy, visual programming app on a tablet or smartphone, which connects to the robots via a wireless Bluetooth connection. The robots use a combination of sensors to balance themselves. A gyroscope sensor is used to detect the angle of tilt of the vehicle. An accelerometer is a sensor that detects the acceleration, or change in speed, of the vehicle. Together, these two sensors can tell the microcontroller — the robot’s “brain” — if the vehicle is tilting too far forward or backward and moving too fast forward or backward to remain balanced. Then, sensors attached to the motors, called encoders, can determine the current speed of the wheels. Using the app interface, you can program the robots to move at different speeds and in different directions, and you can program them to light up in various colors and play sounds. Build a HoverBot that balances on two wheels and then transforms into a four-wheeled rover in one quick action. Conduct physics experiments using a swinging pendulum and a balancing bird on top of the robotic base unit. Assemble a robotic waiter that can carry a cup or a soda can, balanced in its basket. Build a target practice robot and try to hit its target as it moves around and stays balanced upright. Create a fun balancing dinosaur robot. Explore center of gravity with an adjustable figure balanced on top of a personal transporter model. Learn about real-world balancing robots like Segways and hoverboards. After learning how the technology works, you can design, build, and program your own robots using the kit’s 227 building pieces. A full-color, 60-page step-by-step illustrated manual helps kids assemble all of the models and teaches them about robotics in the real world. Digital assembly instructions are also available in a separate app for Android or iOS. In the programming app, the visual programming language allows you to command the robots’ lights, sounds, and motors. The motors can be programmed to move at different times, different power levels, in different directions, and in response to the data from the gyroscope sensor. Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android. Please check the app stores for compatibility and device requirements.

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