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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.

 

Prepping for Maker Faire Bay Area

On May 17th and 18th we're going to be making and playing at Maker Faire - Bay Area in San Mateo! The Faire is open on Saturday from 10am - 8pm and Sunday from 10am - 6pm, and our booth will be chock-full of Rokenbok!

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

Top Five Essential Learning Literacies

How do you learn best? Are you an audio, visual or hands on learner?

Teenager Builds Thrill Rides with Rokenbok

When Justin built this elaborate Rokenbok recreation of the Demon Drop ride, which is similar to freefall rides at amusement parks, he was just 15 years old. The talented teen's ride not only drops the car down the vertical track but also returns it to the starting position so the ride can drop again. 

Take a look at how the Demon Drop ride works below:

 

Winners of the Holiday Photo Contest!

We asked for photos of your kids on Christmas morning as they opened their brand new Rokenbok toys and you more than delivered. We received over 100 photos and videos of  children with their new construction sets and remote control vehicles. Their ecstatic reactions were, quite simply, priceless. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the five winners, who together will receive over $750 in Rokenbok toys.

Grand Prize Winners

10 Rokenbok Tips To Impress Your Kids!

A lot of people don't realize how many awesome things their ROK Star Controller can do! Here are just a few of the hidden features!

1. Flash back and forth between vehicles, like the back button on your TV remote!

2. Use the "1" button for a siren.

3. Hold down the right forefinger button to enter slow mode for more precise turns.

Best Christmas Reaction of All Time

Jeff Boden and his wife have three budding engineers ages 3, 5, and 7 who love to build. Their oldest has been asking for Rokenbok and watching our videos for 3 years. Well, this 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!”