Mechatronics are the combination of the fun and creativity of 4DFrame educational
materials and modern day electronics that can be used to build models—including robots—that
can move, controlled by an application running on a smart phone or a tablet device.
What’s in the Mechatronics Kit?
• Over 630 conventional 4DFrame parts (assorted tubes and connectors) that are used
to build the different robots as shown in the pictures…
• Mechatronics non-4DFrame parts:
1x- Main control card, which includes a Bluetooth unit that communicates with the
2x - DC motors
10x – wires (5x Black, 5x Red)
1x - Mini USB cord for powering main control card and DC motors
1x - Micro USB recharging plug for battery
6x - LED diodes (different colors)
1x – rechargeable battery
1x – mini-soccer ball
Mechatronics app for smart phones and tablets
• Illustrated instructions on how to build 12 different robots; includes games and
other challenges to perform with the completed models. They are grouped into three
increasing levels of difficulty; Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. The later models all
build on the skills acquired from making the earlier ones…
Level 1 examples
Level 2 examples
Level 3 examples
• A sturdy plastic carrying box to store all the materials; these boxes can be stacked
on top of one another, which can be a convenient space saver in the classroom…
• Both the 4DFrame parts (tubes and connectors) and the sturdy plastic carrying box
In summary, Mechatronics consist of special parts (motors, Main control card, etc.)
that make up the "robot" part of the models, and conventional 4DFrame parts you are
already familiar with (tubes and connectors) that are used to build the bodies of
the robots. But you are not limited to building just the 12 robots that are in the
illustrated instructions; you can build whatever you can create with your imagination.
Expand the possibilities of what you can make by adding other 4DFrame materials you
may already own; everything is compatible. And, like all 4DFrame materials, they
are sturdy enough that they can be taken apart and the pieces used again and again.
There are two types of Mechatronics Kits
One version is for Android® smart devices while the other is for both Android®and
Apple iOS smart devices (both Bluetooth® receivers are on the same control card).
The models you can build are the same - how you control them is different.
Q & A about Mechatronics Kits
Q: Are Mechatronics Kits well-suited to the Lgr 11 Swedish school curriculum?
A: Yes! They meet goals in the subject area of Technology for grades 4 to 6 and 7
to 9. Based on the list of parts included in a Mechatronics Kit, consider how this
educational tool is a combination of parts used in their construction (tubes, connectors,
DC motors, LED lamps, wires, a rechargeable battery and a Main control card) and
various concepts and systems (design, control, construction, mechanics, power, programming
and sustainability). Successful integration and implementation of all of these elements
allows for efficient and productive use of the final model that’s created.
Such learning experiences can play a part in having an understanding of Technology,
which is playing an ever more important part in our everyday lives. From a simple
roadside traffic light to the global-spanning complexity of the Internet, Technology
won’t be replaced anytime soon in the foreseeable future.
Mechatronics Kits are a great way to introduce your students to these concepts in
an active tactile way that provides immediate feedback and offers a path to exercise
their creativity and their imaginations. And what better way to learn the developmental
steps involved in how technology-related items come about; from idea to design to
material selection to construction and integration to testing and modification to
re-testing to completed model.
Q: I’ve built all of the 12 models that can be made following the instructions; now
A: First of all, congratulations! And now that you have done so, you should be able
to come up with your own Mechatronics designs and create a robot, or other kind of
object, on your own using your imagination. After you do so, be sure to share it
by uploading a picture using the Communication function of the Mechatronics app so
that others can see your creation.
Q: Even though there are already a lot of 4DFrame parts that come with the Mechatronics
Kit, can I use other 4DFrame parts that have come from other models, or that is loose
A: Absolutely! All of the 4DFrame materials are compatible with each other, so the
sky’s the limit if you want to add more pieces and make your Mechatronics creations
even larger, more detailed, or have wider functions.
Q: What non-technology subjects could Mechatronics be used for?
A: Why not experiment with making kinetic art objects that can be controlled by using
the Mechatronics app? The same as working with 4DFrame from before, you can apply
your imagination to build what you want, but now you can use Mechatronics to bring
motion to your creations.
Q: What are some examples of the kinds of questions that could challenge students
while working with Mechatronics?
A: Here are three examples of questions that might be put to students during their
interaction with Mechatronics:
• How might robots play a part in our daily lives today (mostly in manufacturing,
such as cars)? How might they play a part in our daily lives in the future (self-driving
cars, buses and trucks, medical procedures in hospitals, baggage handling at airports,
• Before doing any work with the Mechatronics app, have the students think about
the part that programming plays in their everyday lives; from simple examples (traffic
lights) to more complex ones (video games, smart phones, computer software, the Internet,
etc.). Even common kitchen items, like toasters and refrigerators, are becoming “smart.”
• At the end of their Mechatronics experience, ask students how working this way
might have changed their perspective of technology; design, construction, testing,
modification, programming and operation via a remote control app, etc.
Q: Do Mechatronics sound interesting for your teaching of Technology?
A: For further information about how to order Mechatronics Kits for your school,
museum or science center, please contact us!