The Programmable Hexbug Vex Robotics Scarab
A few days before Christmas this intriguing piece of technology arrived on my doorstep.
Little did I know how many pieces it came in!
My kids have a few Hexbug toys already and we were excited to try this one out! The Hexbug Scarab would take my husband and boys just over three hours to put together from start to finish. There are only over 250 pieces in the kit!
The recommended age on the box states that this kit is best suited for kids age 8 and older. However, our nine-year old had quite a difficult time being able to put some of the snap pieces in place.
Once everything was assembled, we tried to put the Scarab to the test. We noted that two of the legs were not working as they should have been though. My husband thought that maybe it was because we were not sure how old the batteries we were using were. Even with new batteries, it did not make a difference. He tried making adjustments and went through the instructions over and over again. We just could not get the Scarab to work as it should. So, we figure we must have received a defective kit.
The Vex Robotics series by Hexbug encourages STEM learning as you build the Scarab robot using your own two hands. What is STEM you may ask? STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM learning introduces students to how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life.
I was super excited for my kids to test out this Hexbug Scarab. What I heard is neat about the Scarab is that you can program the robot yourself. With a few quick switches on the Scarab’s brain and you can see how the robot Scarab reacts differently when the sensors are activated. There are apparently 64 different programming modes available on the Hexbug Scarab.
According to the website, the VEX Robotics Scarab kit teaches kids that…
- Motors receive signals from the brain, spinning into action kicking the legs into gear.
- Distance sensors reflect infrared light to alert the scarab before it crashes into its surroundings.
- Interlocking gears animate the scarab by transferring energy from the motor through the endoskeleton and out to the legs to generate movement.
- The brain is the centralized computer that powers the scarab, relaying signals from the remote control, and activating the motors and sensors to bring the creature to life!
Watch this video about the Hexbug Scarab!
Disclosure – Complimentary products were provided for review purposes. All opinions expressed in the review are honest and my own.