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What do ants think about when they're scurrying across the sidewalk or digging in their anthill? Not much, but according to scientists, they’re still remarkably smart: for instance, they use a huge variety of sensory input to navigate, including "sun position, polarized light patterns, visual panoramas, gradient of odors, wind direction, slope, ground texture, step-counting, and more."
The Hexbug Ant, which you can build with a Hexbug VEX Ant Robot Construction Set, is a simpler creature, but it's still a pretty impressive robo-bug: bump sensors on the back and front enable it to navigate around obstacles, and with the aid of 6 wheels, it can even clamber over some small obstacles. And coolest of all: your child gets to construct and program the Ant Robot, and then explain to their pals how it works!
The Hexbug VEX Ant Robot can be driven manually with the included remote or can be put in autonomous drive mode, where it will explore its environment on its own, in an uncanny imitation of a real live bug. The included robot brain lets kids tinker with the ant's behavior: a series of switches allows for up to 64 programming variations. Putting the Ant Robot together and experimenting with its behavior teaches plenty of basic STEM ideas, and also teaches kids that science and engineering are fascinating subjects that merit a lot more attention in school!
The Hexbug VEX Ant Robot Construction Set comes with over 150 snap-together pieces, including 6 wheels, dual bump sensors, and interlocking gears, plus the centralized robot brain, a remote, and instructions. Requires 3 AA batteries to power the ant robot and one 9V battery to power the remote, not included. Suggested for ages 8 and up.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
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