Tag: solar

Oct 24 2014

OWI Solar Robot Kit – The Wheel-bot

OWI Solar Wheel-bot - front view

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally built a robot using the 14-in-1 Educational Solar Robot Kit by OWI. I’m not sure I will make my way through all 14, but I decided to start with what looked to be the simplest one first: the Wheel-bot. (Note: I now also realize that I …

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Oct 08 2014

OWI Solar Robot Kit – The Body

OWI Solar Robot - Head and Body

So I am going it alone again today. School has been back in session for several weeks now. With evenings and weekends consumed with homework, friends, karate, and Minecraft, I am lucky to even get my daughter’s attention let alone hold it for any appreciable length of time. Her life is full of friendship, creativity, …

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Sep 24 2014

OWI Solar Robot Kit – Day 2

Cutting and Grinding Tools

After coming out of the gate hard and fast on day 1, my pint-sized, assistant robot builder seemed to have entirely lost interest in this kit. I can’t say as though I blame her. For an intellectually curious eight year-old with an attention span attenuated by Angry Birds, Youtube, and Kidz Bop, the monotony of preparing …

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Aug 07 2014

OWI Solar Robot Kit – Day 1

I can think of very few things that I enjoy as much as spending time with my 8 year-old daughter building robots. (Assembling Lego Star Wars kits admittedly finishes a close second.) We both like to build our bots from scratch, but when we lack time, motivation, and/or my full attention, a kit is often more …

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