Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Making of a CarBot

Every other Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00 am, Lowe's offers a Build and Grow clinic for kids. They provide safety goggles, a work apron to keep, a wooden kit to build complete with instructions and all of the nails and stickers needed, and the tools needed. This morning Stuart and Nicholas headed off to Lowe's to build a CarBot. It's a car! It's a robot! It's both!

First you get your safety gear and kit. Open up the kit, separate all of the pieces, take a look at the directions, and start building.



Hammering the fender...



Nicholas loves any excuse to wear safety goggles. I just wonder if they clean those goggles between classes?



Nicholas did a great job on this project. He did almost all of the hammering except for two parts that were a bit challenging to do so Daddy helped with those.



Time to add the finishing touch...stickers!



The CarBot is a #48 Lowe's sponsored race car that turns into a robot called the Lowebot (a construction robot). Once Nicholas finished his CarBot, he got a badge to put on his apron. It's a shame that it needs to be sewn on. I have a sewing machine but I don't know the first thing about how to use it and no, I don't really know how to sew by hand either. Sad, isn't it? Fortunately, our neighbor and her daughter like to sew :)



Build and Grow clinics - What a great way to teach a child building skills while they make a fun toy for themselves. Plus it's a great way to spend time with Dad. Stuart enjoys building things so I know he really enjoys this kind of bonding time with Nicholas. And best of all, it's FREE! We've already got the next two Build and Grow clinics on our calendar...

March 13th - Tabletop Basketball Goal
March 27th - Kaleidoscope

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