Geckobot by Thames & Kosmos

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Wow! You can create an astonishing wall-climbing robot with a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces like glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates.

How it works:

The battery-powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion making the legs move back and forth and up and down, mimicking a real gecko — so two of the feet are touching the wall while the other two feet are lifted off of the wall, in an alternating motion. At the same time, the gear system drives an air pump that creates a vacuum at the two feet touching the wall while blowing air outward at the other two feet. In this way, two of the feet are always holding the model to the wall, while the other two feet are pushing off and stepping forward.

You can also build six other models and conduct experiments with suction to learn about air pressure and the mechanical physics of this unique device. Build models of an industrial robotic arm with a vacuum suction cup gripper, crawling inch worm, smartphone holder, suction tow truck and car, ellipsograph, and suction gun.

Features & Pieces:

  • 176 pieces
  • Seven models to build
  • 24-page, full-color illustrated instruction manual
  • Includes scientific information & explanations
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

Ages:

  • 8 & up

This kit teaches, encourages & supports:

  • Physical Development
  • Cognitive Learning
  • Exploration & Discovery
  • Sensory Awareness

Specific Benefits:

  • Improves manual dexterity
  • Encourages STEM learning & skills
  • Promotes patience with step-by-step learning
  • Explains physical science principles

Awards:

  • 2016 ASTRA Best Toys for Kids (Construction)

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