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The joy of discovering a thing to be more than the sum of its parts! From classic wooden blocks to marble runs, to advance electronic RC kits, there is sure to be a construction kit to suit your needs. And with such a wide range, our construction collection caters to all levels of experience: from first-time builders to master craftsmen and craftswomen!

 

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Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colourful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To construct the VEX Robotics Spider, young innovators start by building the drive column, and then work to attach the six orange legs. Once the base and the legs are in place, it’s time to bring the spider to life by attaching the motors, distance sensor, LED module and brain using snap connectors. Once the brain and motors are attached and wired up, the final steps include adding on the bright orange body pieces that give the robot its flair, making it look like a Hexbug Spider!

To program the robotic spider, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how the spider reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming options from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 350 snap together pieces.

Built product measures approximately 11.5” long x 11.5” wide x 11” tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Ages 8 and up

Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized Hexbug and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colourful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To create the VEX Robotics Ant, young Hexbug engineers start by assembling the six red wheels and attaching the motors and the wheels to the ant’s core. Once the base is in place, the brain and sensors are connected and the bright red body pieces are attached to give the robot its flair, making it look like a Hexbug Ant! Final steps include wiring the brain to the dual bump sensors and the two motors using snap connectors.

To program the robotic ant, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how it reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming variations from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Set includes more than 250

Assembled Hexbug VEX Ant measures approximately 18" long x 6.75" wide x 4" tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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Flying has always been a dream of humans, and Leonardo's fascination with birds and flight was evident in his studies of birds and different human powered flying machines. His Ornithopter design has captured the imagination of people for generations, and this kit has combined his cool flying machine with one of his bevel gear designs to make a neat working model with flapping wings and a pilot with moving arms and legs! This kit has everything you need to build Leonardo de Vinci’s Wooden Ornithopter!

Includes pre-cut pieces ready to assemble, glue and easy to understand instructions.

Completed model measures approximately 17” long x 23” wide x 12” tall.

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This Robotic Arm is an easy to make 3 dimensional model that grabs, lifts items horizontally, and can turn very close to 90 degrees! Designed to be used alone (with a syringe holder), or in a group - each person using one syringe. This kit is a great way to learn about robotics, levers and simple machines, fluid dynamics, engineering, invention, as well as design and technology - or just moving things around the house!

Completed model measures approximately 13” tall with arm stretching from approximately 7” to 16” long.

Includes pre-cut pieces ready to assemble and easy to understand instructions.

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Standing over 2 feet tall, the SmartLab Weird and Wacky Contraption Lab has 60 mix-and-match pieces to build an unlimited amount of contraptions! Kids can dream up crazy courses, then build and test them using this easy-to-construct Velcro-like system! Instructions offer tips and tricks on how to best manipulate the kit's components. It guides kids through 5 sample contraption designs while they learn how to predict the outcome of each.

Includes: 66 contraption pieces and full-colour instructions.

Measures approximately 25" high.

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This Flying Dragon automaton moves forward and back while its head, neck, tail and legs move and its wings flap! Automata are whimsical mechanical toys that have lifelike movements when their crank is turned. Easy to make and fun to paint, this model pays homage to a time when toys were made of wood and could be personalized by the builder!

Not only does it look neat, it'll give you an opportunity to explore the principles of mechanics and improve your model making skills! And you can use your own paint (sold separately) to make this dragon look however you want! All pieces are pre-cut and glue is included. Made of natural wood.

Requires scissors and a ruler (SOLD SEPARATELY).

Measures approximately 17.7" long x 15.7" high, assembled.

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Considered by many to be the most powerful and destructive of all the siege engines, the trebuchet took many forms throughout the Medieval world, hurling huge rocks and giant fireballs at (and into) castles. This model, based on the Warwolf, is a tabletop working replica of a trebuchet made in the 13th Century.

This kit lets you build the replica with accurate historic details such as the pegged joints, a leather pouch used for the load, and a wooden box for weights. It's capable of hurling a ball of soft modeling clay (included) over 20 feet! Add this to your battle scene, use it as a school experiment for math or science, or just have fun making it and seeing what it can do! Adjust the weight, angle, lengths, etc. for a more interesting experiment!

Easy to assemble. All pieces are pre-cut and drilled. Requires scissors and white or wood glue. Complete, clear instructions are included. Once assembled, this wooden Trebuchet measures approximately 18" long x 7" wide x 26" tall.

Awarded three stars (the highest rating for a toy in Canada!) by The Canadian Toy Testing Council in 2007.

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Explore Martian landscapes with the amazing NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover!

The LEGO® NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover has landed! Designed by real Curiosity Rover engineer, Stephen Pakbaz, and chosen by LEGO® CUUSOO members, this amazing LEGO® version of the highly advanced mobile laboratory features lots of great details, such as 6-wheel rocker-bogie suspension, articulated robotic arm and multiple camera sets. This great model also comes with a fascinating booklet with building instructions and information about the history of Mars exploration and the Curiosity Rover, plus a display plate complete with LEGO® brick Martian rocks – perfect for testing out the rover’s go-anywhere suspension!

  • Features 6-wheel suspension, articulated robotic arm and multiple camera sets
  • Build the model that LEGO® CUUSOO members requested!
  • Drive over tough obstacles with the 6-wheel suspension
  • Play out your very own Martian science missions!
  • Reach out for samples with the robotic arm
  • Includes white, grey and black bricks for a metallic look
  • Includes building instructions and exclusive information booklet
  • Designed by a real Curiosity Rover engineer!

Rover measures approximately 3” tall x 5” long x 4” wide.

Robotic arm extends approximately 2”.

Contains 295 pieces.

LEGO® and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the ©2014 LEGO® Group.

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Ages 8 and up

Ever wanted to design your own Hexbug? Now kids can do just that with VEX Robotics! The core of this simple, flexible product line is the VEX IQ system used in STEM programs and elementary and middle school robotics competitions around the world.

The build-it-yourself line of VEX Robotics kits fosters creative STEM learning through hands-on play by allowing children to construct their very own jumbo-sized HEXBUG and customize its programming. With VEX Robotics, kids as young as 8 can jump right in and snap these colorful robots together using the intuitive, tool-less components.

To create the VEX Robotics Strandbeast, young innovators start by constructing each half of the base and attaching a motor to both sides. Once the base system and the eight legs are in place, it’s time to bring the strandbeast to life by wiring the brain to the LED module, distance sensors, and motors using snap connectors, and then attaching the brain to the body. Once the brain and motors are attached and wired up, the final steps include adding on the bright blue leg pieces that illustrate this complex robot’s graceful, smooth-walking stride.

To program the robotic strandbeast, kids simply flip a series of switches on the robot’s brain, allowing for quick experimentation with different modes to determine how it reacts when the sensors are activated. There are 64 different programming options from which to choose! There are three drive modes: Standard Driver Mode where the kid drives the robot using the remote control, Autonomous Mode where the robot navigates itself using its sensors, and “Crazy” Autonomous mode that simulates the real, random wandering nature of a living creature!

Built product measures approximately 12.5” long, 14” wide, and 10” tall.

Requires 3 AA batteries and one 9 volt battery (NOT INCLUDED).

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