Engineering Fun with Hexbug VEX Robotic Arm

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been provided with the product below from Best Buy to facilitate this review. I have received no other compensation and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Engineering Fun with Hexbug Vex Robotic Arm

When my now ten year old quadruplets were born it was so difficult to tell them apart that we used a marker to put dots on the bottom of their feet so we wouldn’t have to take off their diapers just to narrow down which were the girls and which were the boys. Since the two boys are identical it was still hard to tell which was which even after we could tell the girls from the boys. Fast forward to today and I’m constantly amazed at just how different they all are, they have widely varying interests and tastes in everything from food to clothes. Since they were very small they’ve talked about what they want to do when they get older – one of the boys (above) wants to be an engineer, the other wants to be a scientist and work for NASA, one of my daughters wants to be a veterinarian and the other is thinking teacher.

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I knew my little engineer would be ecstatic when he saw this VEX Robotics Robotic Arm, and of course he was thrilled, but all the other kids were excited to get started building as well.

Engineering Fun with Hexbug Vex Robotic Arm

There are over 350 easy connect, snap together pieces in this VEX Robotics Robotic Arm kit along with highly detailed, illustrated directions. Plus there are included plans for two additional builds – a chopper and a scorpion.

Engineering Fun with Hexbug Vex Robotic Arm

The box says it is for ages 14 and up and given the number of pieces and detailed instructions I can see why, but I knew that my little engineer is extremely detail oriented and figured he could get it put together. The others wanted to join in and help so they ended up team building with him as the team leader handing out jobs to his siblings and it was awesome to see how well they worked together on the project.

Engineering Fun with Hexbug Vex Robotic Arm

They’ve already decided that they’re going to build the Chopper next, but first they’ve got to use the VEX Robotics Robotic Arm to pick up everything they can find. You can also purchase a motor kit separately so you can motorize the robotic arm and I’m sure I’m going to have to pick that up as well. I’m happy to get that for them because I’m very happy with the skills they learn from these types of educational toys – they’re learning to follow directions, how to build things on their own, how robotics work and best of all how to work together as a team!


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