*This post is sponsored by EEME. All opinions are mine.
One of the reasons my kids started using the electronics kits and lessons from EEME was to give my then 14 year old daughter experience in electronics. She had just joined a local FIRST Robotics team as a member of the CAD (computer aided design) group. Her job was to custom design parts for the robot and then create them using a 3D printer.
She felt that she needed to know more about the other aspects of robotics such as materials, programming, and electronics, to be able to do her job well. We looked for ways to learn electronics that was fun and applicable. EEME was it.
EEME kits were not only great for the 14 year old, but for my 10 year old son, as well. It gave them both a good basis in how electronics work. My daughter took her new found knowledge back with her to her robotics team. This all sparked an interest in robotics in my son. However, his travel hockey schedule kept him from joining a robotics team for his age.
Q The Robot
I mentioned our dilemma to our friends at EEME, and when the new Q came out, they shipped it out to us to see what the kids thought of it. Q was a hit. In the past, they worked on EEME kits separately, but they almost fought over this one.
Working together actually worked out well. Q the Robot was a good challenge for both kids. It offered a review on the basics of electronics that they had learned in previous EEME kits and lessons, but Q also provided new material.
In the other EEME kits, the projects revolved around a power source, the electronics breadboard, and a simple output. Q adds more complex components such as a gear box and motors. This project gave my daughter the challenge she wanted and gave my son the robotics experience he was wanting.
Learn Robotics Coding
Q the Robot is a great way to learn the basics of robotics, but a true robot is smart. It is controlled by an electronic brain. The Q Add-On: Uno Board lets you add an UNO micro-controller that is controlled by the code the student writes. This is the next step for my kids!