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Thames & Kosmos Geckobot Wall Climbing Robot
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- Geckobot model walks vertically up smooth surfaces like windows, glass, and mirrors.
- Learn about the physics of air-pressure, suction, and surface texture.
- Build 6 robotic models, in addition to the Geckobot; 7 different models in all.
- Ages 8+, 24-page, full-color manual and experiment guide with step-by-step instructions.
- A step-by-step construction and troubleshooting video walks you through the building process for the Geckobot model, and is viewable here: https://vimeopro.com/thamesandkosmos/productvideos/video/178953549.
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About Thames & Kosmos
Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education outside of the classroom by publishing high-quality science kits for children of all ages. T&K's mission has since expanded from its STEM roots to encompass other educational branches as well, including arts and crafts and the panoply of thinking and social skills that can be taught through games.
T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through tactile processes. Our vision is to give all children access to real, physical activities and projects that teach them how things work.
The Wall-Climbing Robot!
This astonishing wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, like glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates.
In addition to the Geckobot, you can also build six other models and conduct experiments with suction to learn about air pressure and the mechanical physics of this unique device. Build models of an industrial robotic arm with a vacuum suction cup gripper, crawling inch worm, smartphone holder, suction tow truck and car, ellipsograph, and suction gun!
- Ages 8 and up
- 24-page, full-color manual
- 176 pieces
- 7 models
How Does It Work?
The battery-powered motor in the Geckobot drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion making the legs move back and forth and up and down, mimicking a real gecko. Two of the feet are touching the wall while the other two feet are lifted off of the wall, in an alternating motion. At the same time, the gear system drives an air pump that creates a vacuum at the two feet touching the wall while blowing air outward at the other two feet. In this way, two of the feet are always holding the model to the wall, while the other two feet are pushing off and stepping forward.
In addition to the Geckobot, kids can build six other models: an inch worm that really crawls, an industrial robotic arm that can lift using a vaccum suction cup gripper, a smartphone holder that uses suction to hold your phone in place, a tow truck that can pull a small car, a suction gun that will pick up objects just out of reach, and an ellipsograph that can draw a perfect ellipse on a piece of paper!
The full-color, 24-page illustrated manual provides detailed step-by-step instructions for building the 7 models included in the kit. Also included are detailed troubleshooting tips and in-depth explanations to get your models working and moving smoothly.
The kit comes with 176 building pieces, including suction cup pads for the feet of your Gecko, a motor to get the models moving, and two different pairs of eye stickers to give your Geckobot character! The plastic building system is compatible with other Thames & Kosmos Construction, Engineering, and Physics kits--combine the pieces to create your own configurations limited only by your imagination.
The manual doesn't just provide step-by-step instructions for building the models. It also includes clear and concise explanations for why the models work the way they do. In the 'What's Happening?' and 'Did You Know' sections scattered throughout the manual, kids will learn how suction cups work, why real-life geckos can climb up smooth surfaces without falling off (hint: it's all in their nanostructure!), where they might find a robotic arm in real life, and much more.
Quality Assurance and Customer Satisfaction
Thames & Kosmos is committed to providing quality products that users can enjoy and learn from for a long time. Our customer service department is available to troubleshoot any problems that may arise while using our kits, and replacement parts are also available. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us. We love our products and want you to have the best experience with them as possible!
This astonishing wall-climbing robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, like glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates. The battery-powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion making the legs move back and forth and up and down, mimicking a real gecko — so two of the feet are touching the wall while the other two feet are lifted off of the wall, in an alternating motion. At the same time, the gear system drives an air pump that creates a vacuum at the two feet touching the wall while blowing air outward at the other two feet. In this way, two of the feet are always holding the model to the wall, while the other two feet are pushing off and stepping forward. You can build six other models and conduct experiments with suction to learn about air pressure and the mechanical physics of this unique device. Build models of an industrial robotic arm with a vacuum suction cup gripper, crawling inch worm, smartphone holder, suction tow truck and car, ellipsograph, and suction gun. A 24-page, full-color manual guides you through model building with step-by-step illustrated instructions and provides scientific information and explanations. A step-by-step construction and troubleshooting video walks you through the building process for the Geckobot model, and is viewable here: https://vimeopro.com/thamesandkosmos/productvideos/video/178953549.
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Here's some advice: don't start with the gecko. Do some of the simpler ones first, then move to the main guy, which is by far the most complex. Also, 8+ is more accurate than 8. I have a 6-year-old that is GREAT at Legos and this one was well beyond him. My 11-year-old was able to do it just fine, with the exception of the tubes; though he is very athletic, he wasn't strong enough to push the ends of the tubes all the way. Some sort of lubricant (petroleum jelly? whatever won't harm or dissolve the tubes--be cautious0) might be needed. Also, you have to cut the tubes the first time you build any of the projects, so that gets tiresome, having to measure in centimeters every few steps. Measuring flexible objects is hard anyway, so that might be a deal-breaker for some otherwise capable students. Finally, make SURE your AAA batteries are fully charged. This thing takes a lot of juice to apply the suction, so you need ones that read at the full 1.5 volts. I doubt NiMH 1.2-V cells would work for this. Also, we goofed up and made the geckobot so that he walked backward initially, but that was easily solved by swapping the tail and the head! I felt truly clever when I figured that out, so hopefully this little spirit of elation didn't color my judgment too much, haha. If you liked this review, please check out the other ones at my site, Learn Richly. Thanks! --Steve
It makes several different projects which is the only reason I kept it as 3 stars instead of dropping it down to 2. The geckobot and gun were by far the most interesting to the boys but both use the suction cups which were a fail.
I have revised this back down to a 2 star rating. Pieces pop off while it is operating, and it's not because they are not put in properly. It is so difficult getting the tubing on that no one has any interest in taking it apart to build anything else.
To address the concerns of others who gave this kit less than a 5-star review - there's no denying that this is a sophisticated kit that likely requires some adult intervention. But therein lies the fun and the challenge. There are some sophisticated, but clear, concepts and diagrams in the manual that explain how the cams have to be positioned in order for the bot to work correctly. What's so ingenious about the product is the choreography that the gears and cams create to move the legs while simultaneously releasing the suction feet at just the right moments. It's complex but if you can understand what's going on (and demonstrate it to your child), it's really rewarding to observe!
There is a short inset that describes how suction cups work and there is also a short description of how the bot mechanism is working, but the latter is mostly text. A suggestion for a future revision of the manual might be to include some more detail and diagrams which describe this more fully. Nonetheless, there is a tremendous amount of STEM learning going on here - gear trains, cams, principals of suction not to mention basic construction concepts such as assemblies and sub-assemblies.
This is a super-cool kit. If you (or your son/daughter/niece/nephew) is not afraid to be a little challenged, you will be delighted with what this project has to offer!