Kids learn through play – Educational toys

Truth be told – so do adults!  What better way to learn than to tackle hands on tasks and actually learn new skills, rather than just reading up on it and then forgetting it a few days, or even hours, later.  This blog has a few other posts related to the “learning through play” theme – here is the first in a series of posts about educational toys.

The series will take a look at various educational toys that are available in South Africa. These include simple things like Six Bricks (educational exercises to facilitate and advance early childhood development using just 6 differently coloured Duplo blocks) to X-in-A-box and Lego Robotics.

Come back again if you want to learn more!

So let’s dive in to the Jimu range from UBTECH Robotics.

Jimu robotics kits on the march

Inspire enquiring minds with Jimu

A year after unleashing exciting robotic innovations from UBTECH Robotics in South Africa for the first time, Gammatek presents an extended range of Jimu robots for young engineers to bring to life.  Gammatek is a leading distributor of technologies in South Africa.

The Jimu Robots are interactive robotic building block systems that let kids (of all ages – me included) easily build, programme and share their robot creations.  The Jimu cast of educational toys (robots) are Astrobot, Tankbot, Jimu Explorer and the Jimu Mini Kit.

“The response to UBTECH’s robotic innovations has been overwhelming and we are excited to introduce an extended range of Jimu robots to inspire…” – Zev Cherniak

“The response to UBTECH’s robotic innovations has been overwhelming and we are excited to introduce an extended range of Jimu robots to inspire the imaginations of aspiring young engineers.  These interactive robot building kits go beyond pure play and also challenge our perception of educational toys.  While stimulating creativity and imagination, UBTECH robotic building kits encourage critical thinking, problem solving, three dimensional engineering and collaboration,” says Gammatek’s Zev Cherniak.

Jimu Robot Kits utilize unique snap together, interlocking parts and connectors which allow you to build your own robots.  Smooth motion robotic servo motors allow the robot to reproduce movements programmed via the easy to use Jimu app, available on iOS and Android.

The Astrobot kit

In the Astrobot kit, there is everything you need to build three, amazing robots or build your very own Jimu Robot creation.  Learn hands-on engineering by programming Astrobot to navigate obstacles, pick-up objects, control light and sound effects, show emotions, and more using Blockly code.

Astrobot is programmed by creating entirely new, custom actions with the PRP (Pose, Record, Play) function.  It has FIVE robotic servo motors to reproduce life like movements.

The kit includes:

  • 371 snap-together parts
  • 1 infrared sensor
  • 1 speaker
  • 2 LEDs
  • 5 servo motors
  • power adapter and quick start guide are also included

The Jimu Tankbot

Jimu tankbot kit

The Jimu TankBot Kit has got what it takes to keep your creativity rolling!

This kit includes:

  • heavy duty treads
  • an infrared sensor
  • grab-and-lift technology to build TankBot with
  • 190 snap-together parts
  • 6 smooth motion robotic servo motors
  • power adapter, and quick start guide

You can even build very own Tankbot creation.  Engage in hands-on STEM learning by programming JIMU robots using Blockly code or with the PRP (Pose, Record, Play) function.

The Jimu Explorer Kit

The Jimu Explorer Kit includes all the parts you need to build any of six unique animal-inspired robots – or your own designs.  You will quickly learn to programme your robots to walk, dance and more using Blockly code or with the PRP (Pose, Record, Play) function.

The kit includes:

  • 372 snap-together parts
  • 7 smooth motion robotic servo motors
  • 1 main control box
  • 1 lithium-ion battery
  • power adapter, and quick start guide.

The Jimu Mini Kit

Jimu robotics mini kit

The Jimu Mini Kit is the ideal start kit for anyone keen to build and programme their own robots.  This kit includes everything you need to create three animal-like robots. There are easy-to-follow 3D illustrated building instructions and pre-programmed actions for you to select from.   However, you can also programme your own functions.

UBTECH Robotics are available through an exclusive network of retail partners including Incredible connection, Toys-R-Us,, or

About Gammatek:

Gammatek was established in South Africa in 1999 and strives to be the leading distributor of Branded Technology Accessories in Southern Africa and is the sole distributor of Funko in SA.  The company distributes products that offer an added value proposition in terms of brand value and range.

Gammatek is currently the sole distributors of Body Glove, Boostcase, Boompods, Cookoo, Cogito, Dotz,  Element Case, Golla, Happy Plugs, Jarre technologies, MyKronoz, Mpowered, Native Union, Nitho, Ozaki, Photofast Iflashdrive, Plantornics, Ridata, Speck,  SMS Audio, Snug, Swiss Mobility, Tiesto, Tiggly, UAG, UBTECH ROBOTICS, Wicked, Wraps, Whoosh and White Diamonds.  Gammatek prides itself on timeously offering the latest accessories for all popular consumer electronic devices.

In 2010, 2011 and 2013 Gammatek was announced supplier of the year for Vodacom.  They have also won the Vodacom 4U supplier Excellence Award for the past consecutive five years.

For more information on Gammatek’s product range please visit or follow them on Twitter at @gammatek and Facebook.

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