Gavyn has had an interest in building since a very young age. Now that he is getting older, he wants to explore different options. He is a big fan of Legos and K’Nex and will bring his buckets down daily. He enjoys building with his dad, and as a parent I love all the benefits building provides. They use their imaginations, fine motor skills, problems solving skills and numerous other benefits. But a company I was introduced to has taken building to an entire new level by introducing robotic kits for kids and adults that familiarize children to robotics, science and solar technology. OWI Robotics offer RobotiKits and OWIKits in different levels for beginners to advance. The kits are unique, fun and educational.
We chose the Salt Water Fuel Cell Monster Truck as Gavyn still enjoys large trucks but he was going to learn quite a bit with this kit. The kit includes plastic parts and mechanical parts; motor with connectors, pinion gear and gear. My husband helped Gavyn with the kit and he highly recommends having needle nose pliers available if you have large fingers, as the parts are small; such as the pistons and rods. Do not cut off all the parts ahead of time, do this as you go by steps as the plastic they are attached to has the letters and numbers of the parts that you’ll need. The instructions are step-by-step with alphanumeric numbers for the parts, showing what parts are required to be assembled. There are 19-steps before the monster truck is fully assembled. What is neat is children can learn pretty basic mechanical skills with building this salt water fuel cell truck. They construct a drive train with 4-wheel drive construction, the wheels and body. It took my husband and Gavyn about 45 minutes to fully assemble the monster truck. It is well made as everything locks together and children will be able to see the pistons move once this is made. The engine can be flat or V and the wheels are also adjustable. Kids are learning how to build a mini truck and best of all learning about clean energy and this is why.
Once together, it will be time to make a salt water solution which is how this truck runs. No batteries, plugs or anything, just pure clean energy. Included in the kit is a dropper and nonwoven fabrics. You’ll make a salt water solution in a cup (I used a medicine cup) of 1 part salt 5 parts water. Once mixed you’ll remove the fuel cell plate, cover and magnesium sheet to add salt water on the nonwoven fabric. Replace everything and watch the truck move. I timed our monster truck and it ran for about 15 minutes before having to add more salt water. I couldn’t just test it on carpets, so outdoors Gavyn and I went to see how well it did on different terrain types such as rocks, dirt, grass and hills. We were all surprised at this monster truck chugging away. While it doesn’t move fast, it does move and children will enjoy learning about how it is running. Also with the quick change of the negative and positive connectors the truck will go in reverse. When in motion children can see the rhythm of the pistons. We are very pleased with this and are looking forward to our next kit. This kit is well made, runs off salt water only and is a wonderful little truck that’s fun yet educational. Unless your child is advanced, they will need assistance with this kit. Check out our quick video of the truck in motion!
There are several robotic kits available from solar kits such as the 3-in-1 All Terrain Robot,aluminum kits, more salt water kits and more. Prices are affordable starting at only $11.95. For more information on these educational learning kits visit www.owirobot.com
Disclosure:Owi Robotics provided the product for review purposes, all opinions 100% my own