What you get
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!
As seen on: Red Tricycle
Product line:tinker Crate
From the desk of the product designer:
Behind the design
“Our design was inspired by old-fashioned, wind-up table toys. But this retro robot has a bunch more stamina, thanks to its motor and cams! ”
By the numbers
Designs tested before the final design: 15
Contestants in the secret competition for the magazine DIY alternate configuration: 13
Robots that escaped during testing: 1
Putting together the robot was a great activity! It works well, and sparks a lot of questions. The one piece of constructive feedback I could give is the durability of the product. The first time the robot fell off the table the wood at the connection with the plastic leg bent, and began to crack. We noticed it wouldn't walk after that until we bent the plastic leg back into place, but the wood is very close to cracking. Aside from that I absolutely loved the product! The amount of background information included with the box and the zine made a very contextual and educational experience.
It worked great, but then the foot broke quickly. Not enough width around where the orange pegs connect.
I actually ordered it for my nephew's birthday. But my 6 year old daughter convinced me to give it to her. I was unsure whether it would be appropriate for her age or not. But I wanted to encourage her. And she did make her first robot. The instructions were really easy to follow for her.