Award winning RobotiKit line of educational science toys teaches robotics, electronics and alternative energy principles
OWIKits, a maker of building kits designed to introduce children to robotics, science and solar technology, will be exhibiting the award-winning RobotiKits line of products at the American International Toy Fair, February 15 to 18, 2009, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Attendees are invited to visit OWIKit at Booth #3033 to see and play with OWIKit’s extensive line of innovative science kits. New for 2009 are the 6 in 1 Educational Solar Building Kit and a USB Interface Kit for the award winning Robotic Arm Edge.
“Our Mini-Solar kits and RobotiKits are creative, educational products that teach the basics of robotics, electronics, and alternative energy. The kits come in four levels of difficulty and are suitable for ages nine and older. Kids have fun building racecars, Viking ships and more while gaining a better understanding of basic scientific principles. The combination of education, entertainment and a competitive price point makes these kits the perfect retail choice,” remarked Craig Morioka, President of OWIKit.
These kits are ideal for teaching the benefits of solar energy. New this year is the 6 in 1 Educational Solar Kit, an excellent beginner building project designed to teach how solar power is used to drive a small motor. Children use the 21 snap together parts (no tools required) to build six different working models including an airboat, car, windmill, puppy and two different planes. Other kits in the Mini Solar line include a Valiant Viking Ship, an F1 Racecar, a Peppy Orangutan, an Aerial Cable Car, a Flapping Sea Gull and a Frightened Grasshopper. The Mini Solar kits are designed for kids 9 and older and are priced from SRP $10.95 to $19.95.
Aluminum Bug Kits
The bug kits feature an assortment of cool insects including Samurai Scorpion, Mega Mantis, Angelic Butterfly and Rhino Beetle. Each kit contains approximately 25 hard and bendable aluminum parts and all the screws, nuts, springs and assembly tools needed. Easy to read instructions are included with graphic illustrations for successful building. The Aluminum Bug Kits are for ages 10 and up and are priced at SRP $11.95.
Robotic Arm Edge USB Interface
The Robotic Arm Edge, a Dr. Toy 2008 Best Pick, gets a much-anticipated accessory with the introduction of the USB Interface Kit. Now robot lovers can connect the Robotic Arm Edge to a PC and have real time manual control of the robotic arm and program the arm to perform a sequence of movements — just like an actual robot on an assembly line. The USB Interface Kit comes complete with a CD, printed circuit board, USB cable and accessories, and a detailed instruction manual. Suitable for ages 10 and up with an SRP of $39.95.
Kits for Every Experience Level
The Jr. Science Experience kits are for first time users with little or no experience and are a great place to start exploring robotics. The Beginner Experience kits require basic assembly using household tools. The Intermediate Experience kits are recommended for experimenters with some experience assembling kits with small parts. The Advanced Experience is for the builder with some soldering experience and more advanced mechanical assembly skills. Whichever kit is selected, OWIKits introduce the principles of robotics in a fun, easy to understand method.
OWI Inc has won numerous awards in recognition of their product’s quality and educational value from Dr. Toy, Creative Child magazine, ASTRA, and Hobby Outlook.
In 1980, OWIKits’ parent company, OWI Incorporated, was looking for a way to expand its consumer product lines and bring its extensive technology background to the educational community. RobotiKits were developed to affordably introduce students to robotics, science and solar technology.
The kits are available in four difficultly levels–ranging from beginners with no experience up to advanced circuit board soldering and mechanical assembly– challenging builders from grade school to adult. In conjunction with educators, RobotiKits Direct has developed a fully structured teaching curriculum with modules tailored to the kit’s unique electronic and mechanical features.
RobotiKits Direct is a leading supplier of robotic, building and solar kits to schools, science clubs, science education centers and science camps. The kits are available at hobby, educational, toy and museum stores nationwide. For more information on RobotiKits and to view the entire product line visit: www.robotikitsdirect.com.