Circuit Scribe Maker Kit

Lower Age: 8+ https://www.circuitscribe.com/ \$79.99 2017

The Circuit Scribe Maker Kit, for children eight and up, teaches concepts related to electricity and circuits in a hand-ons and interactive way. Included in the kit are a 9V battery, resistors, a Workbook+Sketchbook, and 11 circuit components, such as red-blue LEDs, a blinker, a potentiometer, and a steel sheet which is required for circuits to work. The kit also comes with a conductive ink pen, which allows children to literally draw wires onto the pages of their Workbook+Sketchbook! The steel sheet under the pages works to attract the magnets at the ends of the modules’ feet. Children draw paths with the conductive ink between the modules so that current flows through the circuit when hooked to a battery. Lessons from the Workbook+Sketchbook provide sample circuit schemes with various combinations of modules. For example, one exercise asks children to make observations about the conductivity of different every-day materials, such as pencils, coins, or paper clips. Children create prototypes of their circuit by filling in labeled areas on the scheme with conductive ink. Then they determine whether they achieved the desired effect by observing whether the LEDs light up or the buzzer sounds. If the circuit did not function as they expected, children can then analyze what went wrong and improve their solution. Circuit Scribe Maker Kit facilitates various applications of mathematics and science, such as calculating resistance or explaining electricity and conductivity. A portion of the Workbook+Sketchbook is set aside for kids to let loose their creativity and design their own cool circuit designs using new skills and knowledge from the learning modules. The Circuit Scribe Maker Kit offers a lot of potential for children to learn and apply new skills by solving set problems and then designing their own challenges.

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Make observations, create a prototype or process, test the solution, analyze a solution, make improvements to their solution, recognize patterns, apply mathematics, apply science

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: NA

Creative thinking, evidence-based reasoning, design, problem solving

Overall ratings:

• Children Reviews

• Rating: 4.8 out of 5.0

• Feedback:

• “I liked building stuff and making it light up with the paper and pen.” M, 8

• “The pen was super cool. I liked the notebook because I could keep track of the challenges I had completed and had space to create my own circuits.” F, 11

• Parents Reviews

• Rating: 4.25 out of 5.0

• Feedback:

• “This toy provided a good introduction to circuits and electronics.” parent of 11-year-old

• “My son filled the notebook with many ideas. I could tell by his explanation that he was really learning something about circuits by completing the different lessons.” parent of 10-year-old

• “This kit is great. The pieces are well made and the workbook is easy to follow.” parent of 9-year-old

• Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

• Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

• Feedback:

• “I thought of switching to Electrical and Computer Engineering, because of this toy.”

• “This toy is good for teaching circuit design and how different electric parts work.”

• “This toy provides an introduction to educating the very basics of electronic circuits. I believe it could inspire further interest in circuits and circuit design.”