Jimu Builderbot

Ages: 8 and upManufacturer: UBTECH Robotics

Introducing Jimu, the new line of building and coding character robot kits from UBTECH. These fun-to-build robots accommodate different skill levels and combine robotics and programming in an innovative way; play takes place in both the physical world, and a virtual world via the accompanying free and well-designed app. The app guides kids to 1) build using the 3D animated app instructions, 2) program actions using the Jimu PRP (Pose Record, Play) system, and 3) use drag and drop Blocky coding to create and design movement sequences.

The Builderbot kit offers plans for building a GrabberBot or DigBot and, using preprogrammed moves, pick up and carry objects with a claw, or use the bulldozer-like frontend to push them around. From there, engineers design, build and customize their own robot. This creative option had our testers going back to build and play again and again.

Contents include: 357 snap-together parts, all-terrain treads, 1 infrared sensor (that allows the bot to sense things in front of it and aids in navigation when coding), 1 LED, and 4 smooth motion robotic servo motors, and power adapter. The customizable LED light helps to move the robots around in the dark, and gives character to his expressions as it lights up.

Our testers appreciated the step-by-step animated 3D, 360 ° instructions that demonstrate how to click or attach the pieces and parts together, making their inaugural builds fully achievable — building the confidence to add complexity to their designs. The Jimu Community lets kids share builds and see how others are getting creative with their bots.

Although not inexpensive, the multi-use robots teach valuable building, coding and STEM skills as well as focus, concentration and persistence. To us, that’s an investment worth making.

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