What Is The Best Robot Kit For Kids?

Building a robot these days has become very common. A lot of parents are deciding to buy there little children a robot – but not just a robot, a robot kit. What does that mean? It means that it is a build your own robot set.

What is good about robot kits? First of all it is a great STEM toy. If you do not know what a STEM toy is a wrote an article about this topic, just click a link below:

What is a STEM toy

STEM toy is a toy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. They are perfect to encourage children to learn and educate while playing. And assembling and controlling a robot is just perfect toy.

But what is the best robot kit for kids? There’s is a great competition going on in robotics for kids niche, so o be honest, I do not have a favorite one present you, but I narrowed it down to 4 best robotic kits there is in my opinion ( I excluded Lego robotic seats because I wrote about Lego robotic seats in one of my articles in the near past, you are welcome to read it: Best Lego robotic seats )

10 In 1 Ultimate Robot Kit 2.0 By Makeblock

Product name: Makeblock DIY ultimate robot kit

Price: 349.00 $

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon

Warranty : 1 year

Age recommendation : 12+

If you don’t know Makeblock brand its the leading company in STEM toy competition. They have a lot of awards for everything they have created.

So an ultimate robot kit is there, by ratings and votes, the best robotic kit there is that moment. Now let’s dig into this ultimate robot kit.

So it is a big box set, and really heavy one – it weighs around 8 pounds. When you open it, the first reaction is wow, now I know why are they the best. Everything is organized, you even get a tool case, electronic modules are nicely packed, material – parts are all aluminum and excellent quality. Storage box is also included. Instructions are great to follow, basically everything inside convince you that you made the real deal. Once you start building a robot you feel great quality of parts, outstanding quality. There is flaw though – a lot of pieces are similar so you can have errors while building the robot. But nothing serious to mention. OK so when a robot is assembled, you download an app so you can control a robot. Thank god for Bluetooth connection. App is simple to use, and to control a robot is even easier than what could you expect.

Overall, it is a great product, great design, well organized, outstanding quality. Robot itself works perfectly and appearance of the robot is very beautiful.

What is in the box:

  • 160+ metal parts
  • 80+ types of electronic modules
  • Powerfull Megapi controller
  • 3 encoder motors (they make your robot move smooth)
  • 1 robotic arm
  • 4 dc motors
  • 3 sensors
  • 1 Bluetooth module

Pros:

  • Great material quality ( aluminum parts )
  • You can build up to 10 different robots
  • Great instructions
  • The whole set is organized
  • Easy app operating
  • Great design of robots
  • You can add adjustments in app for even better operating a robot
  • Best robot kit there is

Cons:

  • There are a lot of same looking parts which can lead you to minor errors during building a robot
  • It is quite expensive kit

Makeblock Starter Robot Kit

Product name: Makeblock Starter robot kit

Price: 89.00 $

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon

Warranty : 1 year

Age recommendation : 10+

I know it is Makeblock robot kit again, but it is great and like I told you before – all the Makeblock’s toys won an award and makeblock is till the leading brand with STEM toys. This kit is great as well and it is cheaper so it is more affordable.

Makeblock starter kit is very similar to ultimate robot kit only the kit contains less of parts than ultimate, and you can build 2 different robot models – a machine tank or 3 wheel avoidance cars. But there is always room for upgrades o more advanced robot or vehicles or what ever you want to build. It is run by same software and app as an ultimate robot kit – great mbot app for operating your robot and mbot software for coding and programming. To code and programmed Makeblock developed its own software mbot, and it is easy drag and drop type of coding ( similar to EV3 software – Lego mindstorms set ).

What can I tell you about starter kit? it is a starter kit in every aspect, but it is the best approach for starters in building robots. Those two vehicles are great for driving almost anywhere you want, they are good for rough surfaces as well.

What is in the box:

  • 1x makeblock Orion mpv
  • 1x Ultrasonic sensor
  • 1x Bluetooth module
  • 1x Battery box
  • 1 x instructions
  • 40 mechanical parts ( great quality – aluminum )
  • 2 dc motors
  • IR receiver
  • Remote controller

Pros:

  • Great material quality
  • You can build 2 different robot models – a machine tank or a 3 wheel avoidance car
  • Great design
  • Both vehicles can drive on rough surfaces
  • Easy to assemlbe
  • Great fun for younger population
  • APP enabled
  • You can operate it with an IR controller
  • Mbot software has great approach for coding and programming – drag and drop codes
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • Although there aren’t many parts you still can mix them while building
  • If you want more than 2 vehicles, you should buy more makblock seats for upgrading it

Ubtech Jimu Robot Buzzbot & Muttbot

Product name: Ubtech jimu robot buzzbot & muttbot

Price: 95 $

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon

Warranty : 1 year

Age recommendation : 8+

Ubtech Jimu robot Buzzbot or Muttbot is on first sight just another DIY robot. But it is not just that. Jimu robot does what “robots” are supposed to do – move arms, legs, dance and there are more features what this robot can.

The best thing that caught my attention is Jimu App, official brand’s APP. But what is so special about this APP? well I agree, a lot of robotics kits have there own “brand” APP to programmed and operate with your robot, but Jimu APP has a lot more to show.

First, there programming a robot is of course a drag and drop coding – what you be is grab a code ( BTW it is a block in your device ) and drop on the platform where you are programming a robot – easy and very enjoyable coding for children.

Second, this kit doesn’t include instructions – instructions are on APP, but they created3D instructions, so you can turn a robot in your smart device in a way you want so the building of a robot is really simple and without any errors or concerns you will mix parts .

The best thing in this APP is Jimu community – let’s say you don’t want neither of the presented robots, you visit Jimu community, and there are a lot of different models users created by themselves and sharing it via community so that you can to rebuild the robot however you want to.

I would recommend that kit to everyone who would like to enter in robotics – price is very good, robot is looking smashing and it does everything you want him to by coding, and there software is amazing.

What is in the box:

  • 264 snap together parts
  • 6 servo motors ( all movements of the robots joints )
  • 1 control box
  • 1 lion battery
  • Bluetooth connection

Pros:

  • Great design
  • Cheerful robot
  • Great 3d app instructions
  • Because of community you can build countless robots
  • Very affordable
  • The best choice for newcomers
  • Easy to build

Cons:

  • If you want to rebuild it into different robot you might need extra parts

Honorable Mentions

I am a Lego fan, a big one to be honest. I intentionally didn’t add any Lego robot set in this article because I wrote an article dedicated to Lego robots. But I feel I do have to mention 2 brilliant Lego robot kits – Lego Mindstorms EV3 and Lego Boost creative toolbox. If you want to know more about those 2 Lego seats please click an article below and read my top 5 Lego robotic kits:

Best Lego Robotics Kits For Kids

Conclusion

Those that I’ve presented are my top of the top robotics kits. What are yours?

If you have any question, comment please write me in the comment section below and I will be glad to reply.

Cheers.

Primoz P.

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