Age:8+ years. Price: $350 approx. Top Ten Robot Toy 2014.
Lego Mindstorms EV3 is an amazing upgraded DIY robot kit which inspire kids to build their own robot and then program the robot. It gives kids the complete experience, engagement and pride of building their very own programmable robot.
Like all Lego products it has multiple parts and an instruction booklet. The parts, include motor parts, remote control and of course the brain – the EV3 brick with powerful ARM9 processor and much more.
The booklet makes it extremely easy to build the first robot. This booklet also instructs how to download the free EV3 software. The instructions are easy to follow and you can make your first 4 robots pretty easily.You will also need to download the free android /iOS app which will give the build instructions in 3D. The programming bit is a great learning experience for getting familiar with Linux.
After programming, the robot becomes interactive and it interacts with you using its sensors or you can use the RC.
This DIY Robot is easy to use and if you need help there is a large online community where you learn new programming tricks as well. It is well worth its value not only for the excitement but also the way it makes programming fun for the kids.