What It Is
The Robotikits Hydraulic Arm Edge by OWI is a DIY science construction kit that yields a kid-powered hydraulic robot arm that performs six functions. Robotics are no longer the future; they're the present. And this kind of robotic arm--the ones that perform repetitive assembly-line tasks (we've all seen those automotive factory videos) have been around for decades. Now kids can understand the inner workings and a solid introduction into hydraulics.
Is It Fun?
The robotic arm is really cool--and it WORKS. Kids will feel a real sense of accomplishment when they operate a robot they built.
Who It’s For
Science- and engineering-minded kids will probably enjoy the Robotikits Hydraulic Arm the most.
What To Be Aware Of
The pieces were extremely difficult to snap from their plastic sheets. The instructions recommend using metal snips, which we also recommend--our assembler cut her fingers trying to punch them out. The assembly is moderately difficult, so kids in the lower end of the 10+ age bracket will need some adult help.