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Hexbug Vex Robotics Robotic Arm
HEXBUG VEX Robotics Robotic Arm

My favorite feature of Toy Of The Year Award Winner For 2016 HEXBUG’s kit is that is was easily built, but provided for a few hours of educational fun. Additional challenges included in this kit were to figure out how to build the mechanical scorpion and chopper.

Vex Robotic Hex Robotic STEM Kit Unboxing

I found the most fun from the project was attaching everything together and watching it work for the first time. It also has multiple alternate builds to see something else work.

The claw build comes with four points of motion that can be manipulated by using the control knobs. Relive the fun of the claw game with HEXBUG’s VEX Robotic Arm available from BestBuy.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I would recommend this product as it is cost effective at under $50, it is fun to build and there are many more ways to use its 350 pieces. Finally, all of the Robotic Arm’s pieces are compatible with VEX’s educational IQ pieces to make additional custom robots. The learning experience of combining mechanical building blocks and watch them come together, is fun for kids 14+ and adults.

HEXBUG Mechanical Claw Build
HEXBUG Mechanical Claw Animation

Once the robotic arm is built, it can raise captured objects up to 14 inches by twisting a hand knob on the left, forward and backward. The arm can extend out to 10 inches by twisting a hand knob on the right, forward and backward. Swing the robotic arm 360 degrees to see how this small kit acts like industrial robotic arms.

Building this project with someone who also wants to learn about robotics is a good time. They will be delighted that it simply works in the end. So many times other kits miss a few components or the programming afterwards takes so much effort. Any of the builds become ready to use once they are finished. Completing something in an afternoon, other than a video game level, becomes something tangible and is key for learning how to build other mechanical gadgets in the future.

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