Little Reviews: RoboThink

Build, code and play at RoboThink in Lake Bluff, Buffalo Grove and Mundelein

Did you know National Robotics Week is now underway, April 8 – 15, 2017?  It’s the perfect time to introduce you to RoboThink, providing edu-tainment camps, classes, workshops, after-school programs and birthday parties that develop children’s competence in  the STEM disciplines.

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My son is obsessed with robots and constructing things.  He has memorized the entire Transformers canon and dreams of growing up to be an engineer who builds robotic armored space suits.  Recently he fashioned his own robot suit out of cardboard, duct tape, drinking straws and pipe cleaners for a school project.

While he still loves his LEGO®, my husband felt like he may be ready for a new challenge.   After attending a RoboThink Open House event, he signed our son up for a School Break Camp.   Our son is still pestering us for when he can return!

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RoboThink offers robotics and coding programs for children K-12 by employing hands-on learning activities using their proprietary robotics kits and  Ro-Code software.

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During my son’s workshop, he loved the versatility of the RoboThink building components and his ability to build multiple functional items with moving parts.  You may feel it’s comparable to LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kits, but my son has used both and reports he enjoys the RoboThink system much more.  All the pieces are interchangeable and work with each other, so you don’t have to use special pieces that are only available in select kits.

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As a parent, I liked that the staff adjusted the instruction to match his interest and ability.  While he’s not a beginner, he also wasn’t experienced enough to take on some of the more complicated projects.  They were able to steer him towards challenges that were on his level but were interesting enough to engage him.  They let him do the “heavy lifting” of the build and only jumped in when he truly needed help or some gentle redirection.

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While my son only tried out the robotic builds, there were older children learning code nearby.

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There were lots of happy hoots and hollers as the older kids played games and programmed their creations successfully.

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RoboThink is headquartered in Lake Bluff but has franchise locations across Lake County including Buffalo Grove and  Mundelein.  For kids who love to tinker, it’s worth thinking about!

RoboThink – Lake Bluff
37 Sherwood Terrace Suite 122
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
1-800-733-2863 | Facebook

RoboThink – Mundelein
1432 S. Butterfield Rd.
Mundelein, IL 60060
847-345-4764 | Facebook

RoboThink – Buffalo Grove
400 W. Dundee Rd. Suite 3
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
201-983-9983 | Facebook

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Disclosure: RoboThink is a paid participant in our 2017 Birthday Party Guide.  This review was unsolicited and the writer received no compensation for her review.  All thoughts and opinions are her own. 


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When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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