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Recently the Maker Shed started to carry OLLO kits. What are OLLO kits? OLLO is a reconfigurable construction set for beginner robot enthusiasts. Think of them as a cross between LEGO and Erector sets. I made one of the projects from the OLLO Action kit and learned a few things along the way.

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Before you start building the kit, it’s really helpful to assemble a bunch of the “rivets”. In the picture above you can see the little pin that sits inside the groove of the rivet. I went ahead and made all the rivets, and then started building the dino-bot. It made the build a lot easier since I didn’t have to stop and make more at each step.

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The parts simply snap together via the little rivet system. It’s a really strong connection and it allows for hinged movement when only (1) rivet is used.

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When building the robot dinosaur be sure to keep the main drive wheels slightly away from the motor housing. This will make the walking a lot smoother. You can see the black axel and drive wheels in the picture above. Yes, the one of the robo-rear-end, sorry!

I had a great time with my kids building the dino-bot. Once you get familiar with the riveting system, it goes together fairly quickly. Looks like it’s time to move onto the next build in the kit…but which one? I guess I’ll let the kids decided.