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May 09

Beginning Robotics is Fun with Sunny from The Young Scientists Club!

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Kids as young as eight can now experience beginning robotics with the FUNtastic Robot Series by The Young Scientists Club. We built Sunny, who uses a light sensor to know when to move.

Beginning Robotics Fun with Sunny from The Young Scientists Club

The Young Scientists Club commits to providing incredible science and learning products for young children. Their kits and games keep kids entertained while teaching them about the world around them. Once the again, The Young Scientists Club puts all the pieces in place so kids can experiment, learn, and have fun all at the same time with the FUNtastic Robotics Series! The beginning robotics kits come with robots your child builds just in time to run some fun experiments. Science and technology change daily and OMG Goodies makes sure you know about the great products that come with those innovations.

Beginning Robotics meets the FUNtastic  Robot Series:

Like my parents, I watched the Jetsons as a kid. The cartoon TV show first aired in the 60’s and returned with new episodes in the 80’s, making it unique and exciting for parents and children alike. The idea of flying cars often echoes in conversations, but it is hardly the only conversational starter The Jetsons offers. Rosie, the robot, is another. Everyone wants a Rosie for their house; I’m still waiting for mine to be available.

We may not have robots to make our beds and dinners, but some clean our floors and others help build our cars. The study of robotics increases in the classroom each year. Robotics and technology competitions no longer take a back seat to sports and kids become involved at younger and younger ages.

Sunny from the FUNtastic Robot Series:

Sunny senses light and performs his task — moving. The simple task may not seem like much, but there is plenty Sunny teaches beginning robotics fans. For instance, kids learn the four characteristics of robots — sensing, movement, energy source, and intelligence.  Also, like the other FUNtastic robots, Sunny comes with a large informative poster that includes experiments and teaches us how to find his speed when given his rate and distance traveled.

Kids can enjoy building Sunny by placing the light sensor on the circuit board and wiring all the connections. They also get to put on the wheels and screw the entire project together. Some of the components may be small, but the entire task can be finished in less than 10 minutes. No components end up lost on the floor. My two robotics competitors enjoyed putting Sunny together. The only difficulty they ran into was not wanting to share the tasks.

Sunny only moves forward and doesn’t climb up cardboard ramps — His motor isn’t quite strong enough for that. He does, however, move very well on hard floors and even better in the sunlight! We weren’t able to build a cardboard obstacle course with ramps and dark caverns, but it is possible to build a cardboard obstacle course with overpasses and tunnels!

The FUNtastic Robot Series is not intended to build an incredible robot like Rosie from The Jetsons. Sunny and his other robot friends in the series help introduce beginning robotics to young children who do not have experience with robotics. This robot series accomplishes the task perfectly!

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Meet the other FUNtastic robots and purchase Sunny by visiting The Young Scientists Club website and select robots on Amazon.

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Kameo Monson

Kameo has been married for 21 years. She has 2 boys ages 16 and 14, and 2 girls ages 12 and 10. Her interests range from music - especially choir music to gel polish to dresses to reading to camping and hiking. Kameo loves animals and has 3 dogs, a cat, a snake, a hamster, and some fish in her home. She and her family like to have small excursions to places close to home and enjoy being outside watching her husband and son fly R/C planes or make contacts on their HAM radios.

Kameo started with OMG Goodies in January 2015 and has become a proficient reviewer. Like all of our bloggers, we are happy to have her on the team.

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