Electronic Engineering Construction Kits For Kids And Parents

DIY Electronics projects kits make ideal gifts for bright children



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Looking for an educational toy for your children? How about a gift that your kids will love and one that you will wish you could play with all by yourself? Well that’s exactly what can happen if you invest in an Educational Electronics Construction Kit. How do I know this? I know that you and your kids are going to have loads of fun and learn a lot at the same time because that’s exactly what happened to me when I was given an electronics projects kit as a kid. My dad loved it as much as I did.

The educational kits that you can get today are often suitable for children from around 8 years old but you can scarcely call them toys. They are full blown electronics engineering courses in a colorful box. They make it really simple to build circuits by just snapping the components together. Easy to understand instructions and tutorials means that you can literally build hundreds of fully working electronic devices in no time at all.

Educational electronics kits like this can be suitable for young children but I would be very surprised if you don’t get a lot of fun from it too. If you have a curious mind and you are not already an Electronics engineer yourself then you can learn with these kits along with your kids. Actually the kids are optional. Why not get one for yourself to play with?

I’ve looked around for the best educational circuit kits that I can find to post here and I’ve put together a range of the best at different price points. If this is the first kit for a young child then you may want to test the water with a cheaper kit but be prepared to go back for the bigger kits later.

Buy one of the kits below for your kids today. They will love you for it.

Snap Circuits Junior box Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100
Test the water with this reasonably priced solderless construction kit from Elenco. It’s a great gift that will surely ignite any potential interest in the world of electronics.
Snap Circuits SC-300 box Snap Circuits SC-300
Another starter kit which doubles the number of projects over the SC-100 kit. It’s still affordable but just that little bit more interesting.
Snap Circuits Green box Snap Circuits Green – Alternative Energy Kit
This kit is ideal for teaching the role of electronics in green projects where energy conservation is paramount. The set includes circuits that demonstrate solar power, windmills, hydroelectric power, rechargeable batteries, and liquid batteries. This product is an awesome way to teach electronics to kids.
Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 box Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750
The ultimate electronic engineering construction kit for kids and a challenge to most adults too. With over 750 experiments to build this kit will keep you occupied for quite some time. It’s also the most expensive kit in our line up but well worth it.

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Electronics Construction Toys That Turn Kids Into Engineers

A future with electronics – The best gift you can give your children


Young engineer at desk with soldering iron drawing


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Why don’t you get your children a different kind of toy this time around? How about a gift that will keep them interested and occupied for hours. One that you might even enjoy getting involved with yourself alongside your kids. Most important of all, get them a toy that could potentially propel them on a course leading to a lifelong career in electronics and software engineering.

I was given such a toy when I was eight years old, it was an Electronic Engineering Construction Kit. I loved playing with that kit so much that I started to spend my pocket money on components so that I could build bigger, better and increasingly more complicated projects. I developed a passion for building stuff that has followed me through my entire career.

Fifty years later I can look back on a successful and fulfilling career as an electronics and software engineer. I have loved every moment of it and there is a good chance that your children could pick up the bug as I did.

Elenco make a range of educational electronics construction kits. Some of the best ones are listed in this article Electronic Engineering Construction Kits For Kids And Parents

The thrill of your first working electronics project build

I can still remember the excitement that I felt when I wired up my first crystal radio set and heard it burst into life in my ear. This was quickly followed by a circuit called an astable multivibrator. It’s a simple circuit that’s ideal for flashing a couple of lamps but it seemed like magic to me at the time. I had discovered that I could actually build things that work! Of course the lamps that I used back then were filament bulbs that were dim and ran my battery down quickly. Your kids will be using modern high intensity LED devices which use very little power in comparison.

Microprocessors and the dawn of the digital age

I went to university and gained a degree in electronics at roughly the same time as microprocessors were emerging. This was to open up a whole new world of microelectronics and software engineering that would herald amazing products many of which we now take for granted. Digital music and video players, flat screen TV’s and or course the immensely popular cellular telephone are but a few. Did I forget the Personal Computer and the Internet in that list? What was I thinking?

These were exciting times and we were pioneers. We were the software heroes who would design the electronics and write the first software code for all this stuff and it was exhilarating to say the least.

Have our young lost the pioneering spirit?

To an extent later generations have missed out on getting involved in electronics at an early age and perhaps the bug that drives the passion to build stuff has passed them by and can you blame them? There seems to be many activities for young people to do today that would appear to them to be far more interesting than building electronic circuits.

Video games, hundreds of high quality TV channels, Youtube, social networks, smartphones. The list goes on and on and to add to the problem, the increasing burdens placed on parents make it far easier to simply allow children to watch TV, play online games or chat to their buddies on their smartphone than it is to encourage them to find out how things work and build stuff for themselves. So who is going to drive the next exiting innovations in technology into the future? Who is going to do it if all our bright young people are playing video games instead of building stuff?

Are there any electronic products left to invent?

You might be forgiven for thinking that everything that could be invented has been invented already but history has shown us that people always think that is the case. How could you think otherwise when it is so hard to visualize something that does not yet exist?

History has also shown us, time after time, that there is always something else to invent. We either haven’t thought of it yet or we just lack the technology to do it for now. We can make some predictions based on what we now see as emerging technologies. 3D printers for instance. As I write this 3D printers are in their infancy but it isn’t difficult to see a time when there is one in every home enabling us to print things that we need rather than needing to go out and buy them.

If you need a new case for a broken iPhone just print one. Fancy some new cooking implements for the kitchen then look online for some nice designs to download and print. Kids want some action toys or even some working toys. No need to buy the physical product anymore just print some off. Does this remind you in any way of the ‘replicator’ from Star Trek?

Help to build a new generation of electronics and software engineers

There are many new technologies set to change our lives in the near future and 3D printing is just one of them. Give your children the chance to be part of this because we need bright young people with a passion for building things.

Give your children the toys that they need to develop their engineering skills and encourage them to start building things. Give them an electronics construction kit and allow them to experiment with the circuits. Not all of them will grow up to become software entrepreneurs like Bill Gates but some of them might. Most will find the experience fun, challenging and absorbing. Some of them will pick up the bug as I did and follow it through. At the very least you will have given your children a better understanding of how things work and done your bit to help find the engineers that the world needs into the future.

If you want to see what kids think of these electronics construction kit toys then take a look at the videos on this page: Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750 Videos

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How To Keep Cats Out Of Your Yard With An AK47 Water Gun

Battery operated motorized AK47 replica water gun


AK47 Replica water gun picture


Saturator AK-47 Water Gun

 

I’ve tried everything from spraying cat repellant to loose stone paving but I haven’t yet been able to stop the neighborhood cats from pooping and peeing in the borders of my yard so I decided that it was time for drastic measures.

I’ve just purchased a Replica AK47 STR80 Saturator Water Gun. It’s a battery operated water gun that I’m going to use to get rid of the cats. See how they like that.

This water gun is a toy but I’m 58 and so far I’m having great fun with it. I’m hoping that the grandkids don’t steal it from me when they visit. I haven’t even turned it on the cats or the grandchildren yet.

Inside workings of Saturator AK47 Water Gun

I got a version of the water gun with a clear plastic body which is cool because you can see exactly how it works inside.

When you squeeze the trigger a motor primes the chamber with water then a spring loaded plunger fires the contents of the chamber out of the barrel. Each squirt is just a small amount of water but the gun is capable of firing many squirts very quickly. Someone said that you don’t get wet with this toy because water is fired in small doses but it is a load of fun.

Now my long term intention for this water powered cat repeller is to connect it up to a motion sensor of some kind and leave it in places where the cats poop. I’m sure that they will get the message after they have been shot with it a few times. The gun makes a loud noise too when it fires which I’m sure is going to help to keep cats out of your yard.

Trigger mechanism of Saturator AK47 Water Gun

Connecting this Saturator water gun to a motion sensor should be fairly simple. Firing is initiated when two contacts on the end of the trigger are brought together so all you have to do is connect the relay output from the motion sensor to the trigger contacts. Fix the water gun and the sensor in the ground so that they both point at the place where you don’t want cats to poop then leave it and wait.

I have plans to install a small connector on the body of my Saturator but you can just drill a small hole and run two wires if you can’t be bothered with the connector.

This water gun is a toy but it does require a little care in use to keep it in working order. There is little or nothing to protect the battery compartment from getting wet and if it does it can damage the batteries. This means that you can’t immerse the gun in water but there is no need to do that.

The AK47 water pistol has a detachable magazine that you take off and fill with water. The other parts of the gun should stay dry unless you drop it in the pool. So don’t drop it in the pool right.

Whether you are having trouble with keeping cats out of your yard or you want to have a little fun with a water gun then you should get an AK47 Saturator Water gun for yourself.

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