Hexbug WEX IQ Robotics Construction Kit
The Robotics Construction Kit from Hexbug allows the early learners to get the gist of the concept of VEX IQ basics and helps to build a fully functional robot from scratch. The kit is packed with a robot brain supporting 12 self-configuring in-out ports for sensors and motors, 750 plus pieces, 4 smart motors with built-in rotational sensors, a color sensor, a bumper switch sensor, a touch LED sensor, a remote controller communicating at 2.4GHz (900MHz for US), and a rechargeable Li-Ion battery. On the software side you have two options; Modkit for VEX or ROBOTC To power up your robot you’ll need 6x AA batteries.
This kit and all other VEX IQ products comply with CPSIA (Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act) so they’re completely safe for children over 3 years old.
The VEX IQ Curriculum, as the company defines, targets the growing societal need to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction in classrooms and beyond, there is a call for integrated learning programs that allow teachers to engage students meaningfully in STEM, especially at the elementary and middle school levels. With that in mind, we have developed the VEX IQ Curriculum as a companion to the VEX IQ platform for elementary and middle school students. The curriculum offers twelve flexible units of instruction that can be used in sequence, in chunks, or as standalone lessons.
VEX IQ supports students, casual builders and learners with a vast forum of users ranging from newbies to pros. A community-designed CAD software is also available (SnapCAD) so you can build your virtual robot on your computer and bring the file to the classroom the next day. The CAD files are also compatible with common formats and you can print lost or custom pieces on your 3D printer. Otherwise you can purchase the connections, sensors, batteries and other parts in kits or separately at the company website.
In parallel to building and learning, the VEX IQ platform has international tournaments for children at different levels from elementary to high school, where the robots, with and without their drivers, challenge opponent teams in various arenas and games that exhibit their functionality and their builders’ programming skills. The matches often involve removing&carrying balls or blocks around an arena against time and opponents, even basket scores.
VEX IQ line is the latest from VEX Robotics, along with other ranges like VEX EDR and VEX PRO. Like Hexbug, Vex Robotics is also a subsidiary of Innovation First International, a company focusing on robotics and unmanned mobile robots, apart from a division that delivers server and datacenter solutions.