"(26JUN2020) The kit is very well built, comes with lots of parts, is well organized, and has multiple build options that allow for a number of (long or short) projects and learning in programming and inventions. The kit uses either Apple, Android or PCs, and works through bluetooth, and charges with a USB Mini-plug. But you need a Mac or PC with windows, in order to update the base's firmware.
There are a bunch of parts, motors, sensor, and bricks to allow many types of projects from simple robotics to moving cars and mechanical assemblies. Plus all of the existing LEGO bricks can be used with these SPIKE products.
Instructions are clearly written, easy to follow, and will provide YEARS of fun. Adult supervision is highly recommended. The provided battery pack (Lithium Ion) needs to be charged for 6 hours after opening the boxes for the first time. Overall, the kit is VERY well designed and provides a young, interested builder lots of things to become interested and excited about.
(Batman Voice) Alright builders, time to get your bricks on! (Ahem) Sorry, had to do that. TV Show megafans, BTW. (<3 to Will Arnett and all the build teams and show support staff)
So we just got this kit, yesterday and the expansion pack for our 12 year old (7th grade) daughter, who is interested in robotics and programming. Also I am a STEM/STEAM grants officer, and this is an AWESOME pack of brick building goodness. We got this to help our daughter "get connected" over the summer, since we're all in lock down with nCOVID-19 restrictions. I'll post updates as the summer goes on, but as a scientist - I think this is a great product, used as a "pre-entry level" to the Mindstorm series of kits."