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Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
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I ordered this book as a Christmas gift for my cousin's kids. They enjoy reading, but they're also very creative and like drawing and building things. Coupled with the fact that their father is an engineer and MIT grad, I thought this would provide a great opportunity for them to spend some quality time making interesting projects together.

I skimmed through the book before sending it to them, and now I only wish I could be there to help them build! (Hopefully they'll send photos or videos of their finished creations.) The first couple of chapters provide an overview of robotics and cover the prep work, components, and safety precautions needed to get started on these activities, while the remaining chapters group the robotics projects according to several themes: Robots at Home, Robots for Entertainment, Robots in Space, Robots on the Job, and Robots in the Operating Room.

Each project lists the required materials, approximate build time, and step-by-step directions with full-color photos, making it easy for even younger kids to follow along. But since some of the projects are quite involved, the youngest builders will likely need help (or at least supervision) from a parent or older sibling. I've included a couple of sample photos to give you a idea of the types of projects that are included and the level of detail provided in the photos and directions.

Overall, I think this book would make a great gift for kids who are imaginative and enjoy hands-on activities. They'll not only have fun building the projects, but they'll have some great playthings and "show-and-tell" items afterward!
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