Hurdle the Robot Review and ROBOT #GIVEAWAY

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I’m forever amazed at how technically-adept kids are these days. Technology is a daily part of our children’s lives and will continue to influence how they learn and play. I especially love toys that tap into this reality while also challenging kids to use their imagination. The Young Scientists Club Funtastic Robots series is one such group of toys, helping kids learn the concept of following step-by-step instructions, introducing them to STEM sensibilities and ultimately providing them with a fun, interactive toy they built themselves!

We chose to tackle the Hurdle the Robot kit. This “obstacle detector” robot claimed to stop, back up and change direction when presented with an obstacle. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about building this robot with my almost-four-year-old. The kits are ideally targeted at children eight and older, but as my son is extremely interested in engineering and technology as well as all things robots, I decided to give it a try.

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After opening the kit, I was pleased to find a large fold-out poster that included detailed, illustrated instructions for assembly. The other side of the poster included suggested activities for the robot as well as a “runway” for the robot to travel down once assembled. The kit also included a set of six small precision screwdrivers. These proved crucial for the kit assembly but also will be perfect for a host of other toys that require frequent battery changes!

Brendan holding the precision screwdriver set

Brendan holding the precision screwdriver set

We then got to work assembling the robot. Instructions were clear and having the photos of what it was “supposed to look like” really helped. Although my son was a little young to assemble it himself, he was able to assist with tightening screws and positioning the parts. I had to go back and redo a step or two because I didn’t get it right the first time, but I’ll blame that on my lack of technical know-how! Finally, we flipped the switch to “on” and we were excited to see the wheels turn. Success!

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The robot, true to its description, moved across the floor until it sensed something in its way. Then it would back up and recalibrate to go in a different direction. Very cool! The beeping sound the robot makes when it backs up is a little shrill but it’s fascinating to watch it move around and “sense” obstacles before crashing. My son spent a long time playing with it and seemed to get extra satisfaction by knowing how it worked and how it was put together.

If your child’s favorite word is “why,” he or she will love being able to build an electronic toy from scratch and have insight into what makes the toy move and run. Kids will get extra satisfaction of feeling responsible for a toy’s operation rather than just pulling a toy that is ready to run out of a box. Sure, it takes some extra time and patience, but the end result is completely worth the additional steps.

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The Funtastic Robots retail for $29.99 and can be purchased on The Young Scientists Club web site. Currently, Hurdle, as well as the three other versions (Metali, which functions as a metal detector, light-sensitive Sunny and infrared-powered Infra) are all available on the site. Pick your favorite and have fun!

MOM FAB FUN GIVEAWAY!!

WE ARE GIVING AWAY A FUNTASTIC ROBOT TO ONE OF OUR MOM FAB FUN READERS. YOU MAY CHOOSE 1 FROM ANY OF THE 4 LISTED BELOW. ENTER TODAY!!

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Hurdle the Robot • Ages 8+ • $29.99
Hurdle will stop, back up, and change direction when sensing an obstacle.

Sunny the Robot • Ages 8+ • $29.99
Sunny moves upon receiving artificial and natural light signals.

Infra the Robot • Ages 8+ • $29.99
Infra moves when receiving an IR (Infrared) signal from any home remote control.

Metali the Robot • Ages 8+ • $29.99
Metali buzzes and lights up when metal objects are detected.

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More more information on these Funtastic Robots please take a look at:
http://www.theyoungscientistsclub.com/retailstore/retail-funtastic-robotics.html
https://www.facebook.com/The-Young-Scientists-Club-170174354854/
https://twitter.com/TYSclub
https://www.pinterest.com/tysclub/


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