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Circuit Maze

Lower Age: 8+
Website: http://www.thinkfun.com/products/circuit-maze/
Price: $29.99
Year Added: 2016
Circuit Maze

Circuit Maze is an electric current logic game that challenges children to construct circuits to light up different beacons. This game includes 1 game grid, 60 challenge cards, 21 game tokens, and an instruction booklet. The goal of the game is to use the given tokens to create a circuit and light up the different beacons based on the challenge cards. The cards vary in difficulty from beginner to expert, giving any user the opportunity to improve their skills and enjoy a challenge. This game promotes engineering thinking and design by giving the user a problem that they must consider before coming up with a solution that optimizes the available materials. In addition, there are multiple solutions to each challenge card so the user is encouraged to come  up with their own unique solution rather than find the one possible solution. Children also learn about the basics of circuit design and circuit linking in the context of this fun, single-player game.

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encouraged children to do or learn about: Generate ideas, plan the solution, try the solution, create the prototype or process, test the solution, redesign the solution, make improvements to the solution, recognize patterns, apply mathematics, apply science,

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

Additional engineering thinking and design skills addressed: Spatial reasoning, creative thinking, designing, problem solving, logical thinking

Overall ratings:

  • Children’s Reviews

    • Rating: 4.5

    • Feedback:

      • “I like that there are a lot of possibilities.”

      • “It was challenging”

  • Parents’ Reviews

    • Rating: 5

    • Feedback: “There are so many different cards with skill levels that give you so many options of circuits.”

  • Adults with Engineering and STEM Expertise’s Reviews

    • Rating: 4.25

    • Feedback:

      • “The game promotes creative thinking and problem solving in a creative way. There are unique solutions and different methods to solve the puzzle.”

      • “You need to think about how many materials you are given and how to optimize what you have.”