Sometimes you just need some fun things to do at home together. That’s what we needed this Sunday after an interesting and rocky start to the weekend. With the weather turning to icky and rainy, the girls and I did some STEM robot building. Combining circus with gears, motors and design, we used the Circuit Cubes Whacky Wheels kit we were sent to enhance some fun learning.
The Circuit Cubes kids are geared at ages 8 and up, but even the 4 year old liked looking at the directions and finding pieces to put together our Whacky Wheels kit.
Once you open the package, you find everything you need to make several different wheeled systems as well as the option to add your own LEGO bricks to enhance the kit or make more Whacky Wheels. The girls just had to click together the modular batter, motor and LED cubes in bring their creations to light with gears and motors.
What was very unique is that the circuits are enclosed in a a semi-transparent design so kids can see how the circuits work and the technology behind making their vehicles go. In the Whacky Wheels kit, they can make 10+ different moving objects using the Circuit Cubes, bricks, wheels and gears.
In no time at all, the girls were working on their very first creation. We decided to start with the basic vehicle just to get us started. I’m just here for moral support and to make sure everybody gets a fair shot at this point.
And lest you think this is staged, no…all hands were on deck here to make this car. It took discussion, team work and finally the 6 year old to tell us where one part wen that we couldn’t see in the picture.
Once the basic car was built, the 11 year old took over and wanted more. She need to build all of the cars and all of the things. Before I knew what was happening, she had build the Spinning Car complete with the blinding LED light. It was pretty cool to see it actually NOT work the first time and she went back and did some troubleshooting to find the problem. For me, that’s the best part about the kids working on STEM projects, troubleshooting. If it all goes as planned, it just sort of “works” but when it doesn’t and they have to work backwards and find a new solution, that’s when their brains really get thinking.
We all liked the simplicity of the kits, but the versatility of the options to make so much more then what you are presented. You can take each one and expand on it, or totally make something your very own.
What did you do this week?
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