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OWI - Frightened Grasshopper Kit - Solar Powered - OWI-MSK670

3.6 out of 5 stars 370 customer reviews

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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

OWI-MSK670 Features: -Frightened grasshopper. -Mini solar kit. -Seal of Excellence. -Unmistakably an attention-grabber. Gender: -Boy. Category: -Early Development Toys. Generic Dimensions: -3.2'' H x 6.3'' W x 1.5'' D. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -3.2 Inches. Overall Width - Side to Side: -6.3 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -1.5 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -1 Pounds.; From the Manufacturer; Build your own life-size grasshopper. An educational robot and mini solar kit. He's small, but he's an attention-getter. Explore the potential of solar power with this neat science kit. This build-it-yourself educational solar hobby kit is for the first time science experimenters with little or no experience. The Frightened Grasshopper Solar Powered Bug Teaches about forms of alternative energy in a easy-to-use science kit. Shows how solar energy can be used to generate electricity Illustrates how radiant energy from the sun can be transformed to electrical energy with a PV cell A motor inside the grasshopper transforms electrical energy to motion Functions best very close to a non-florescent light bulb or in direct sunlight An attention-grabbing display piece related to solar power for a science fair project, class discussion, or just out-of-the-ordinary play Ages 10+.

From the Manufacturer

Build your own life-size grasshopper. An educational robot and mini solar kit. He's small, but he's an attention-getter. Explore the potential of solar power with this neat science kit. This build-it-yourself educational solar hobby kit is for the first time science experimenters with little or no experience. The Frightened Grasshopper Solar Powered Bug Teaches about forms of alternative energy in a easy-to-use science kit. Shows how solar energy can be used to generate electricity Illustrates how radiant energy from the sun can be transformed to electrical energy with a PV cell A motor inside the grasshopper transforms electrical energy to motion Functions best very close to a non-florescent light bulb or in direct sunlight An attention-grabbing display piece related to solar power for a science fair project, class discussion, or just out-of-the-ordinary play Ages 10+.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.2 x 1.5 x 6.5 inches
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B000QX3NYG
Item model number OWI-MSK670
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #54,641 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#53 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Solar
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This little guy is so fun. :) I home school my children, and we used him during our solar power science unit. As you can tell from the laughter of my little ones, he was a hit!

He works great in full sun, not much in clouds, and works okay under a 100W light bulb. It's a great tool to show your kids how solar cells work. My kids loved making a shadow over him to make him stop wiggling.

I agree with other reviewers that the instructions are a bit confusing and I don't think a child could do it alone. But, he is surprisingly durable for being so little.

You can see what he does in the video. I highly recommend him!! :)
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This is a great toy and a lot of fun! However, the included assembly instructions were very unclear and there were some steps where we were afraid to go on for fear of breaking it. I can't believe that somebody under 8 would be able to put this together without quite a bit of help. Once it is put together, though, the grasshopper shivers and is actually pretty cute.
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Lately, my son has been showing an interest in electronics...particularly in building things for himself. Now, the description on this toy says it's a "build it yourself" kit but unless simply taking something out of its packaging is considered "building," then the product description is inaccurate at best. Like others have said, the thing comes fully assembled and therefore won't fulfill the reason I bought it in the first place. We'll take it apart and put it back together again if we can, but that's not really how this was supposed to go. Puzzlingly, others here have reported that they did indeed get a kit, so I guess it's a crap shoot as to which version of this you'll get.

If I didn't only spend $5.00, I'd send it back but I suppose it's not worth the trouble.

As for the toy itself: it's cute, fairly sturdy, and inexpensive, but the solar response is *very* weak. Pretty much worthless for anything but, maybe, hooking a multimeter up to the solar cell and experimenting with different light sources and the like. That'll keep my kid interested for 15 seconds or so...
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I've bought OWI kits before and been pleased with them. This is not an OWI kit. However, I'm confused because (based on the pictures) what ships looks exactly the same as the (assembled) real OWI grasshopper.

Cons:
1. OWI is a reputable maker of robotic kits (granted, not all of them are perfect), but this is not from OWI.
2. This is not a kit; it's entirely assembled.
3. It doesn't jump, as you would expect from a grasshopper; it just vibrates and wiggles around. (The legs are fixed in place.)

Pros:
1. It vibrates and wiggles around in bright light.

Even at the discounted price (1/3 of list), this is not worth the money. For what it is, it should be cheaper still.
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The toy is cute, but fragile. The pieces are tiny and not strong. While assembling, one of the wires broke off. WE managaed to solder it together again.
Once done, the toy is super cute and my daughter loved it!
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My daughter, who just turned 5 and loves science, saw this on Amazon on a video, and was completely enthralled with the toy. I thought she would forget about it, but she didn't. So, she got it from the tooth fairy for her first tooth.
The toy was smaller than I thought it would be, but it is still very fun. It was easy to put together with my daughter--it took maybe 15 minutes or so, and we were able to play with it right away. I think she loves it even more since she got to put it together herself. She loves that it works in the sun and also with flashlights and lamps. She loves experimenting with every light source in the house to see which work. The motor also makes a cricket-like sound when the bug is picked up from the turning motion of the motor, which is cool.
My daughter is very hard on toys, and I felt this toy was very well constructed and sturdy. The antenna are flexible, but don't interfere with the action of the toy if they are skewed around.
The toy has started some interesting conversations about solar power and renewable energy and how simple motors work.
Highly recommended!
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The name and description of this product are completely misleading. It says "kit" and "build" but the product arrived fully assembled. I wanted an activity to do with my 9 year old niece and taking it out of the package just does not fit the bill. It seems to work fine - shaking in the sunlight. But it is not what I thought I was buying based on the seller's name and description of the item. In addition, it is much smaller than I thought it would be (my own fault for not looking at the dimensions). I am most likely going to return it.
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The grasshopper comes in 7 parts. Putting all together is not much a problem. There is no switch on it. To activate it, one must put it under direct sunlight. Once the solar panel receives the light to generate enough current, the tiny motor underneath it turns an unbalanced flyweight similar to the vibrator in a cell phone, causing the whole thing to vibrate. My son's verdict: That's it? My answer is, sadly, yes.
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