What It Is
Kid power meets solar power with the Rookie Solar Racer v. 2, part of OWI's Robotikits line. Kids ages 8 and up can build this cute, little racer in just a few minutes (Younger kids may need some adult help.), then take it into the sun. Before you know it, your racer will be zipping along. The play introduces kids to basic motors, gears and green energy. The Solar Racer is part of a whole collection of mini-solar kits in the OWIKIT line that includes grasshoppers, frogs, cars, penguins and even the T4 Transforming Solar Robot.
Is It Fun?
Kids are naturally fascinated by the world around them, and it's exciting to build something and see it work. Nothing tops that pride. And along the way, kids 8 and up will get a basic understanding of gears, motors and solar energy, which is as much fun as it is interesting.
Who It’s For
Kids with an interest in construction, robotics and vehicles will love this simple kit.
What To Be Aware Of
It does require a very sunny day to run -- not bright indoor lights, a flashlight or even a little shade. Of course, once it's built, it's not the most exciting toy to play with -- but it's still fun to watch it go.