EmmaNadine Posted September 27, 2012 Share Posted September 27, 2012 My son is five, but he loves building things. We currently are mostly a Lego household, with the Contraptions pack and some eBay'ed Technic pieces. I know there are lots of different building sets out there that all have different pieces, but it seems that most of the brands are not compatible with each other. My looking around has turned up these major brands: Mechanical Engineering K'Nex Technic Engino Fischertechnik Electrical Engineering Snap Circuits Fischertechnik A lot of the mechanical brands have solar power add-ons now, it seems. Robotics Lego Mindstorms Arduino Fischertechnik Thames and Kosmos seems to have a kit in each area, but not really expandable from what I've seen. So, what I'm asking is if there is a recognized "best" brand in each of the three areas. I'm not going to start him on robotics right now, but just for future planning, because this stuff is expensive. I would like to pick a brand in each area and stick with that brand to prevent buying things that don't work together. Fischertechnik seems to cover all three areas, but it also seems the most pricey of the three. Advice? And I know you can do a lot of engineering stuff cheaply if you have an adult that knows what he or she is doing who can supervise, but neither I nor my husband have that skill set. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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