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Robots and coding and fun, oh my! Staring at a screen can be addictive and mindless, but when you’re building a Jimu Robot, it’s quite the opposite – it’s engaging, entertaining and educational. My family spent the weekend working on a family project – building the Jimu Robot Buzzbot together. It was an educational and memory making experience.
About Jimu Robot
Jimu Robots are incredible! For this review, we received the Jimu Robot Buzzbot & MuttBot kit, and we decided to make the Buzzbot first. Opening the box and getting started is so easy – I’ve actually never seen a more organized toy kit! The box walks you through getting the app downloaded and set up as well as getting started building your Jimu. Inside are color-coded boxes filled with the parts needed to build the robot.
Once you download the free app on your phone or tablet (Available on iOS and Android) you are ready to go. The app is user friendly and my kids instantly knew how to get started. With the 3-D, step-by-step instructions it’s easy for kids to build (mostly) by themselves. They loved being able to rotate and flip the pieces on the app to discover where they needed to connect the pieces. The app does a fantastic job of helping you through the process. It starts by showing what piece you need and where it goes, then you can click the next arrow and see an animation of how to insert the piece. With this double reinforcement in the instructions, my kids could confidently assemble the robot with the help of the app. While I do think it requires some adult supervision for help (just in case) the kids did pretty good with minimal assistance. The ability and talent to observe and follow instructions correctly is paramount for building a Jimu Robot, and that’s a skill that I think my kids will definitely benefit from developing in the future!
Speaking of pieces snapping into place, this was our favorite part of building the Jimu Robot. You don’t need any tools at all – you simply snap all the pieces into each other, which makes it very simple to fix mistakes and easy to build. There is a little tool included that helps you pop out the pegs when you want to take the robot apart.
Once Buzzbot was complete (it took us a total of a couple hours spread over two days to build it), we plugged it in to charge. When it was fully charged we were ready for some robot fun. Everyone took a turn using the preloaded actions. Let me tell you that Buzzbot has some really good dance moves. My kids wanted you to see some of the Jimu’s fun moves, so we made a quick video. Check it out below:
Overall building, building our Buzzbot was a really fun project. It took longer than I thought it would, but that said, the whole process took the kids some getting used to since they haven’t ever done anything quite like this. But we all loved the challenge! We are looking forward to building Muttbot next. If you are looking for the excitement of building a robot without having to assemble all of the components yourself, this is as legit as you are going to get. The ability to use the easy Blockly code or build you own program makes this appropriate for a broad range of skills and abilities. My kids give it two thumbs up and an enthusiastic recommendation.