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As my girls get older – my younger daughter is 10 and my oldest just turned 16 last week (gulp!) – I find that they can become more engaged with electronic devices than traditional “toys”. Sometimes I worry about this – I want my girls to find activities that they can become engaged in over a sustained period of time. This is why I was SUPER excited to check out a Jimu Robot with my girls.
I don’t want to give away too many spoilers here, but cutting right to the chase – Jimu Robots are awesome. Jimus are personal robots that you can build and customize, but they are not like any other robot kit or home robot I’ve ever seen. The first thing I would like to point out is that the parts are extremely high quality. These are not the kind of parts that break and become useless after one use. Everything you need to build your robots (including high torque servo motors) is included in the box. There is also an easy-to-read part identification guide that my kids were able to understand and use right away.
Looks complicated, right? Here’s the cool part – it is! This is a project that is PACKED with STEM activities, including programming and coding. But Jimu is so well-designed that my kids picked it up and learned the necessary skills with no problem. Here’s how it works – Jimu comes with 3-D step-by-step building instructions that you can use on your smartphone or iPad. My girls started on the iPhone but quickly switched over to using the iPad, because the app allows you to rotate the parts as you build, and they LOVED looking and manipulating the parts in 3-D on the iPad.
There’s no doubt that STEM skills and coding are hot right now. Therefore, it’s important to me that my girls not only develop these skills, but are encouraged to engage in activities that are based in science and engineering, because I know there will be a lot of future opportunities for them in these areas. And Jimu definitely encourages the development of science and engineering knowledge! But honestly, that’s not what I loved most about our Jimu Robot.
What I loved most is that Jimu got my girls building something TOGETHER! They worked happily on their first Jimu Robot together for hours. No fighting, no arguing – just building and playing and problem solving together. It was awesome to see. They even let me help for a little while! Jimu really is the perfect family activity. And the cool thing is, you can play with your robot using Blockly coding and their Pose-Record-Play programming method to make your robot perform unique behaviors once you have it completed, but the fun doesn’t stop there! You can customize and keep building new things with Jimu – you can use the parts to design your own robot, and I LOVE that this kind of creativity is not only available, but encouraged! There’s even a global community of Jimu users online who connect, share ideas, and generally support each other on the
Jimu was a great addition to our home – it’s fun, engaging, educational, and is something we all can do as a family. And frankly, sometimes that can be hard to find these days, but Jimu Robots are definitely something that my whole family is a huge fan of now!