Walking Robot

Ages 9-16+

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Use this robotics kit to build a walking robot. Play with mechanical motion through robot building and experimentation!

Includes a step-by-step video tutorial link, illustrated blueprint instructions for this project kit, all the materials, and a special-edition Tinker Zine magazine for more fun!


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    christina, Dec 31, 2019

    Fun for Ten year old

    Our ten year old daughter enjoyed putting the robot together. She did need some help mostly because some of the instructions weren't clear. For example it doesn't say which way the battery pack faces when you stick it to the robot. After some thought we decided the switch facing us was correct.

    Also her robot went backwards even though she again followed the instructions to match up the colored wired on battery with the same colored wire from motor. She simply switched it to the colors not matching to make it go forward.

    Overall she enjoyed working with electronics, as well as learning little more about robotics in the tinkerzine.

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    Becky, Dec 7, 2019

    Grandson Loved It

    I gave it to my grandson for Christmas last year when he was ten and to my surprise he brought it over yesterday, almost one year later and he was still playing with it. Although he said it was quick to build he obviously is still enjoying it. I just bought him the Mechanical Bird, hopefully he likes it as well.

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    Tara, Nov 29, 2019

    Favorite Crate!

    My 10-year-old daughter has repeatedly said that this is the best crate of all of the ones she has built.

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    Lee, Sep 30, 2019

    Love it!

    My son and I had so much fun putting it together. He was so proud that you put “wires” together and actually made it work :)

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    Lauren, Jun 28, 2019

    Building robots and confidence

    The mechanisms used were a great introduction to different mechanical conepts for my daughter. After building the robot, she was having grown up conversations about drive shafts. I also loved the confidence she got from building it and her ability to fix it when something went wrong. "Well, I mean, I built it, so I know how it works. Of course I can fix it."

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    Lisa, Mar 25, 2019

    Robot play

    I loved the process and the outcome. It's challenging yet intuitive so my son could do the project by himself. He was so proud of his accomplishment! It was super fun to build and we were able to use the robot in other forms of play.

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    Patricia, Nov 4, 2018

    Think outside the box

    The instructions were easy to follow and my son relished making his own walking robot, which he still plays with! It had a great combination of mechanics and electronics, and it all worked great together. It engaged my child completely and made him think outside the box.

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    Grandma J, Sep 6, 2018

    BEST of the best!

    I have purchased DOZENS of crates from the store to keep 10 grandchildren happy. Most have been a huge success. This one is the BEST! My pair of 10 year old twin grandsons got right to work on their own robot. No help needed from mom or dad - they're seasoned assemblers, excellent instruction, illustrations, and You Tube videos guide them through. My daughter sent me pictures and videos of the process from initial delight to completed robots on the march side by side. The most heartwarming moments were brothers helping each other when one robot initially wasn't interested in going anywhere and the other only wanted to go backwards! The boys troubleshooted for each other and resolved those minor issues. As a grandma, I LOVE presenting Tinker crates - educational fun in boxes that always elicit a "TINKER CRATE!!!" response! And THANK YOU for outstanding customer service as occasionally needed!

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    Andy H., Aug 15, 2018

    Really good Tinkerzine edition and son enjoyed building the robot.

    The Tinkerzine edition was really good, and that the inclusion of Asimov's laws was a great way to connect to scifi literature and questions facing a future with autonomous robots. The descriptions of robots in use in both spectacular, like rovers, and mundane uses like baristas or hotel staff, gave kids a lot to grab on to when thinking about robotics. Our 11 year old son was vey happy building the robot itself.

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    Sam C., Apr 14, 2018

    Challenging by rewarding crate.

    What I like about it, and all of your crates, is that they are challenging, but my eleven year old can still do them on her own. They are building her confidence, helping her focus on attention to detail, and giving her a sense of accomplishment. Thank you for what you do.

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    Cynthia W., Sep 30, 2017

    Daughter and husband loved building the robot together!

    My daughter (and husband) built this and she was so proud of it. She took it to school to show everyone what she built. I love how confident she is becoming because of these crates!

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