It all began back in 1898 in a small Liverpool shop where Franck Hornby took pleasure in inventing a construction game for his children using screws and nuts. This gave rise to the Meccano system in 1901. Hornby finalized his system and marketed it under the brand name “Mechanics Made Easy”. The name Meccano was registered in 1907. The first Meccano factory opened in Liverpool that same year. As Meccano’s success spread worldwide, new factories were built in Germany and France. The traditional metal construction system is as popular today as ever, but Meccano continually moves towards innovation with imaginative assembling systems devised for modern creations. During the 1990’s, Meccano marketed a new generic construction system with plastic parts for children 4 years and over and in 2006, a pre-school line was launched for children as young as 2. The newest addition to the Meccano range is a line of robotic products called Spykee – the first build-it-yourself robot controlled by computer via WIFI or from anywhere in the world via the internet!