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KEVA Maker

KEVA Maker

Spring 2016 Toys
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $39.95

The KEVA Maker BOT Maze offers engineers and architects a gazillion (or so) ways to plan, build and experiment with how bots move through a maze.

The two bots (they look like the head of a giant toothbrush) can be customized with the included decorative items, or left as they are. The construction elements of the kit are maze designs in the making and opportunities to put the scientific method into practice. How do different configurations of the KEVA planks effect how the bots maneuver through the maze? How big an obstacle course can I create and still let my bot travel smoothly and safely? Or, how treacherous can I make the maze? Why does Roberta's bot go faster than Robert's? Those were among our testers' questions and challenges.

The blueprint styled instruction booklet includes the anatomy of the bot and how it works, and ideas to make obstacles maze designs - just to get your bristles revving.

Claire Green   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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