MIT and Caltech Alums Make LEGO® Bricks Fly with Flybrix, the First Rebuildable, Crash-Friendly Drone
Company debuts DIY drone kit complete with quad, hex and octo airframes using LEGO® bricks so that boys and girls ages 14 and up can learn the essentials of STEM through play
Gone are the days of building a LEGO® creation and having to rely on imagination to see it fly. Today, Flybrix, launches the first ever crash-friendly, rebuildable drone made of LEGO® bricks to give kids (14+) and kids at heart a chance to build, fly, crash and rebuild their creations while honing STEM skills in the process.
Watch Flybrix in all its glory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzxD63AxMX0
Unlike most drones, Flybrix is durable and built to embrace the crash so that anyone from novice to expert tinkerers can learn from the rebuilding and flying process. Limited only by the creator’s imagination, Flybrix takes 15 minutes or less to build and includes all the materials needed to build drones including the following:
- Assorted LEGO® bricks
- Eight quick-connect custom boom-arm motors and propellers
- One surprise minifig pilot
- One pre-programmed arduino compatible open-source flight control circuit board
- Instruction manual and Flybrix configuration software
- Bluetooth flight control app (Available in both Apple iTunes and Google Play Stores)
- Accessories, batteries, connectors, USB cords, prop wrench etc.
Plus, Flybrix provides 10 ready-to-play games like Battle Bricks, a game designed to practice controlled flying and strategic building, so that new and experienced pilots can challenge each other while they learn.
“Flying toy drones is fun, but when you can use your imagination and make your own drone from LEGO bricks and fly it - that’s an amazing thrill,” said Flybrix’s Chief Play Officer Holly Kasun. “We embrace the trial and error process for learning because that’s where the ‘a-ha’ breakthroughs happen. The experience of building, flying, crashing and rebuilding as a creative way for parents, kids and teachers to harness the power of play to learn tech and engineering’ - that’s our goal.”
Flybrix is the “love-child” of LEGO® and today’s advanced drone technology. The unique hands-on platform encourages the development of critical skills without relying on iPads, computers and phone screens. It teaches the hard-skills of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), physics, geometry, aerodynamics, electrical engineering, and design. Plus Flybrix cultivates essential soft-skills like creative problem solving and teamwork through encouraging creators to experience trial and error.
Developed by MIT, Caltech and UW Madison alums, the company’s co-founders Amir Hirsch, Robb Walters and Holly Kasun are bringing the essentials of STEM to young minds — critical skillsets as STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, compared to 9.8 percent growth for non-STEM occupations.
Flybrix is available to purchase at special launch prices, $149 (basic kit) and $189 (deluxe kit), for a limited time at flybrix.com and ships immediately. After the introductory price, Flybrix will be $189 for the basic kit and $249 for the deluxe kit. To learn more about Flybrix and purchase your own, please visit www.flybrix.com.
Founded in 2015 by Amir Hirsch, Robb Walters and Holly Kasun, Flybrix makes the first-ever STEM device that lets kids build, rebuild and fly drones built from LEGO bricks. The company completed beta testing during the first part of 2016 and launched the Flybrix drone without crowdfunding. Flybrix is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
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