Thames and Kosmos Air Walker
Gravity-Defying Thames and Kosmos Air-Walker Wall-Walking Robot
Thames and Kosmos Air Walker is a robot that defies gravity! Walking up walls or windows sounds like something from a fairy tale, but now kids can build a robot that does exactly that – thanks to the magic of science.
Air Walker is a four-legged bot that uses an ingenious system of suction cups and pumps to crawl along smooth, vertical surfaces like walls and windows. A follow-up to the award-winning Geckobot STEM experiment kit, Air-Walker uses technology similar to that found in its reptilian predecessor, but with easier assembly. Your air-walker can crawl in a straight line, to the left, or to the right, while a special mechanism makes the robot’s head move back and forth as its body moves forward.
This STEM toy is intended for children aged 8 years and older. The kit contains all the components that children need to create their own robot. Kids can also build four other models with the same components and learn how suction and mechanical devices can be used in different real-world applications. Step-by-step instructions for these models are included in the instruction manual. A vacuum-suction machine sticks to and lifts flat panels, while a robot with just two suction cups rotates around a central pivot point. This hands-on construction kit brings engineering and physics to life as it demonstrates the power of air pressure at work.
The kit comes with a very detailed 24-page, full-color manual guides, which explains all of the steps for building the Air-Walker. There is also a graphic novel-style design and narrative to the manual, which makes the process unique and engaging. Once you assemble the robot, you will be able to experience the capabilities of this robot on a horizontal surface. This is to make sure that it works correctly. Then you can go to walls, windows, and other vertical surfaces. For the robot to function correctly, the surface must be completely flat and dust-free. Dust will prevent Air Walker from good grip, so it is best to wipe the suction cups more often with a damp paper towel. Robots can do amazing things – and now you can easily see for yourself! In the kit, you will find 75 parts for a total of 5 experiments (assembly of five robot models, one at a time).
Lastly, this Air-Walker is great fun, engaging intro to the world of robots and the amazing feats that bots can perform.