Mechanical Marvel Made By Kids
- What: VEX Robotics Screw Lift
- When: 6 years and up
- Why: Educational, hands-on, fun
- Where: Amazon
Want to take your child’s building creations to the next level? What if your kid could build a robotic machine with an endless loop of balls going up an elevator and down ramps? Maybe you want to introduce your budding engineer to the marvels of mechanics. No matter the reason, this VEX Robotic Screw Lift will delight kids with the power of their own possibilities.
Don’t be misled by the brand name on this machine. Even though it comes from the same company that brought you Hexbugs, it has nothing to do with the tiny robotic insects. Instead, much like Lego, kids use illustrated step-by-step instructions to craft this working machine. After they complete all the steps to connect the 170 pieces, they end up with a ball run that goes up a corkscrew elevator and rolls back down several ramps to start all over again. The pieces snap into place using pegs and holes, though some can require a bit of force. Kids will need to be able to count the holes and orient pieces correctly to assemble it on their own.
The set comes with all the pieces kids need to make the fun happen, from sturdy base plates for building, the balls to run the route, and clear plastic pieces to create walls to keep the balls on track. Kids won’t need any batteries to make the machine run, as they power it with the included crank.
Master the mechanics of engineering and bring their creations to life thanks to this marvel of building fun.