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What are Robot Kits?

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  • Written By: Mary McMahon
  • Edited By: O. Wallace
  • Last Modified Date: 07 November 2016
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Robot kits are electronics kits which people can use to build robots of varying levels of complexity and detail. These kits are often sold in science and electronics stores, and they may be used for everything from developing learning opportunities for young children to designing robots which serve sophisticated functions in various settings. For young people with a budding interest in electronics or robotics, a robot kit can make an excellent and much-appreciated present.

In some cases, a robot kit comes with a variety of pieces which the user can assemble in an assortment of ways. The finished robot can be broken down and rebuilt in new ways as well, allowing the user to explore various configurations and ideas with the kit as a base. Sophisticated kits are programmable, allowing the user to program various functions into the finished robot, and to wipe the programming if they want to explore new techniques. Such kits usually come with the tools and accessories needed to build up and break down the kit several times.

Other robot kits may be packaged in a way which allows the user to create a single specific design, usually by following precise directions included in the kit. These types of robot kits are more commonly provided for beginners, so that people who are just learning can master the basics before progressing to more advanced functions. Programmability is also an option with these basic kits.

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Using a robot kit can be an excellent way to learn about robots and to develop technical skills which can be used in the production of robots and various robotics, such as robotic arms which can be used in laboratory settings. Many people find that they quickly outgrow kits, because they want to add modifications or make changes which are beyond the scope of a basic kit. The kit lays the groundwork, allowing the user to understand how these systems work and to play around to see how various changes can be made.

When buying robot kits, people should pay attention to the age and skill level recommendations provided, as kits can vary in nature from very simple projects for children in elementary school to complex kits which are designed to be used in labs and research facilities. Usually, the simpler the kit, the less costly it is, but the less flexibility it provides. Many robot kits can also be enhanced by purchasing accessories and add-ons designed for that particular kit, allowing people to expand their study of robotics.

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