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Smart Circuits

Lower Age: 8+
Website: https://smartlabtoys.com/products/smart-circuits
Price: $49.99
Year Added: 2016
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Smart Circuits is a single player circuit building game that allows the user to explore the world of electricity, how it travels, and what it does by creating various basic circuit models using the circuit components given in the set. The set comes with a guide that has a great deal of valuable information in addition to the instructions on how to set up different circuits. Oftentimes, the guide will show the user how the circuit is practically applied in engineering and how the circuit works in greater detail. The set comes with instructions on how to build 50 different circuits, but the pieces can be connected in ways outside of those explained in the instruction manual. Therefore, the user has the option to be creative with how they build and design their circuits, using knowledge they gain while building the preassigned circuits from the manual. With the opportunity to construct challenging preassigned circuits, and the option to create new ones, children are encouraged to develop better creative and critical thinking, while getting the necessary background in electrical circuitry that applies to many fields of engineering.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about:

Define a problem, learn about the problem, ask questions, make observations, generate ideas, plan the solution, try the solution, test the solution, redesign the solution, optimize the solution, refine ideas, recognize patterns, apply science

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, criteria, constraints

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Critical thinking, creative thinking, evidence-based reasoning, design, problem solving$49.99