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STEM Day: Diving into Simple Machines with Northrop Grumman

STEM maker curriculum

Rokenbok Education has a strong community presence in San Diego and so we were thrilled when Northrop Grumman engineers volunteered to become Rokenbok trainers, helping with outreach, especially in underserved populations in San Diego.

Elementary Institute of Science Robotics Camp

The Elementary Institute of Science hosted 49 high school girls for a Rokenbok Robotics Camp this summer.  There, the STEM mentors used Rokenbok Education’s Mobile STEM Labs to implement a dynamic robotics curriculum featuring 3D printing and robotic ­­design challenges. Take a look at the video above and see what a Rokenbok Robotics program looks like in action! 

Robot Scorpion vs. Real Dog

Our Director of Education has been playing with a Scorpion ROKduino prototype and discovered his dog was quite protective of his ball and not too sure what to make of this intruder. With our Kickstarter campaign, which is currently live, you can build your own amazing robots! Currently save $100 off retail pricing. 

Best Christmas Reaction of All Time

This video was sent to us last Christmas, and it's still one of our favorites, so we had to share it again!

Jeff Boden and his wife have three budding engineers who love to build. Their oldest had been asking for Rokenbok and watching our videos for 3 years. Well, last Christmas his wish came true.

Jeff said, “My wife and I had no idea there would be such an extreme reaction. But, I suppose that is the reaction you get when a kid has been asking for Rokenbok for Christmas for 3 years. That's 3 years of fulfilled hopes and dreams exploding out of a 7 year old boy!”

Engineers In The Making!

We received a message from Austin and Mom, Lisa this week. 

Some ROK-tastic Robot Builds To Inspire You

Rokenbok Education announced earlier this week the launch of our new versatile, mobile robotics platform, allowing young engineers to build thousands of robots. The Maker ROK-Robotics Start Set comes with 5 out-of-the-box builds but we wanted to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing. Here are a few other super cool builds to check out. PS: We want to see what you build! Email your builds or videos to Caitlinb@rokenbokeducation.org

Winning Photos!

A BIG thanks to everyone who participated! We loved seeing everyone's photos this holiday season. It was really hard to pick just 5 winners so we also chose two runners up families that will receive a Action Sorter and Conveyor. Note: Winning families are responsible for covering the shipping of their prize.

Holiday photo contest winners:

Hoover Family

Jaeger Family

Zeng Family

Henz Family

Low Family

 

And our two runner up family photos:

Reed Family

McLaughlin Family

Holiday Shipping Information

Need your order by Christmas? Use our handy map below to find out when your last possible order day is! All Rokenbok orders ship next business day out of Plainfield, IN via Fedex. 

 

Big Smiles - Rokenbok Photo Contest

We’re having our fourth annual Holiday Photo Contest! Five lucky families will win their choice of a Tower of ROK Mania, Monorail Mania Start Set, or ROK Blocks Combo Kit!

One of the Most Amazing Builds Ever!

Justin, an incredibly talented and long-time Rokenboker, sent us this video showcasing his latest build - a "ball contraption."

His ball contraption took several months to design and build. It very cleverly uses a single X2 unit to power the entire machine and rotate the arms that carry the balls to the top.

Bay Area Maker Faire 2014!

150,000 makers gathered at the San Mateo Event Center grounds to partake in the largest show and tell on Earth, Maker Faire. This mind-blowing spectacle included a gigantic 40 foot tall mechanical octopus that spits fire, human-size muffin (and cupcake) cars, a life-size mouse trap game, metal dragon cars, drones, 3D printing, and all things DIY.

Open Source Library

In an effort to promote a true engineering environment, kid*spark has partnered with Rokenbok Education to release an Open Source Library of building parts. The Open Source Library currently boasts over 100 parts that can be freely downloaded, modified, and 3D printed.

 

Build a Transformer Out of ROK Blocks

Looking for something new and fun to build with your ROK Blocks? Try making this Transformer Robot! The arms and head can move using a swivel and hinge blocks!

1. Gather the pieces you'll need from the part count below.

2. Start by building the legs. The red blocks on the side will help stabilize the robot.

3. Build the torso and connect it to the legs

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