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Vehicle Robotic Kits for Kids from Middle School to High School

These robotic kits for kids teach kids the fundamentals of robotics. They allow a child to construct a robot and control its movements and functions. These toys come in a variety of configurations and purposes, and some use processors and coding for their operation. All are also good STEM toys and will supplement middle and high school or homeschool level curriculums.

Remote Control Machines Construction Kit

Thames and Kosmos are well known for making quality educational toys and their robotic toys are no different. This kit allows assembling 10 different machines and vehicles. It contains 3 motors and a six-button wireless remote control unit. Also included are a battery holder, 48 page color instruction book, and 182 building pieces. The remote control unit can control 3 different motors simultaneously. User can build bulldozers, cars, robotic claws, cranes and even make their own designs. This is intended for children 8 to 12 years old. This set can often be found on Amazon’s top 100 selling toys and games list.

See what you can do with this vehicle robotics kit in this video:


RC Robot KitAll Terrain 3-in-1 RC Robot Kit

With this robotic kit, kids can build 3 different all terrain crawler units, a forklift, a gripper, and a rover. The wired remote controls the robot to move forward and backward, turn, and grip. The units need 4 AA batteries that aren’t in the kit. The rubberized tracks allow it to move over most surfaces. It can lift or grip up to 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces). No soldering is required and this is intended for older kids about 11 to 15 years old.

smartcar robotSmart Car Robotics Kit

This kit contains 219 parts to construct eight robotic vehicles. Choose the vehicle and control and watch it drive on a virtual landscape on a tablet or smartphone. This is done with a free downloadable app that instructs the vehicle to drive through a predetermined course. The vehicle can contain four motors which can be controlled by the app. Included instructions are for a motorcycle, car of the future, forklift truck, airboat, helicopter, airplane and flying car. Four aa batteries required, but not included. For ages 10 and up.

Robo TX Training LabRobo TX Training Lab

Fischertechnique is a German company that makes high quality educational toys for kids.  The Robo TX training lab includes 200 components to make six mobile robot models to build 11 fully functional robotic models such as lawn mower. ROBO TX Training Lab set also comes with the following pieces: a 32-bit processor (200 MHz), controller with Bluetooth, and 8 MB RAM (2 MB flash). Not included are the Accu Set charger and battery set and the Flowol 4 software program required to operate the infrared sensor component. Included is a 50-page color instruction manual. For children 10 and older.

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