Sunday, April 5, 2015

Electrical Engineering for Kids

We built electronic circuits with Snap Circuits.


Snap Circuits are a favorite educational toy in our house. They are a series of different kits designed to teach young children about electronics. Electrical components such as resistors and capacitors are mounted on large plastic pieces. The pieces are labeled with typical electrical symbols and snap easily into place on a plastic knobbed board.

By following the project ideas included in the book kids learn how electricity can be changed into motion, light and sound. They learn how current can be routed in parallel or series through circuits with different results. These concepts are very advanced even for the majority of adults, but become easier to understand through exposure. Completing the projects in these kits provides that exposure in a fun and motivating way.




If you are interested in Snap Circuits, the SC-100 or SC-300 kits below are the best places to start as they contain basic components. The SC-300 is similar to the SC-100, but contains more parts and project ideas. Upgrade kids are available. We own the SC-300 and the Sound kit. My son doesn't know it yet, but this year I'm planning on getting him the motion kit for his birthday. A local homeschooling friend has several kits including the Green Energy kit which she loves.




Check out these great blogs full of educational activity ideas.

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3 comments:

  1. We love Snap Circuits here too. It looks like you have a lot of good resources here. I found you on the After School Activities party.

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  2. This is so cool! My hubby is an electrical engineer and I'd love to get something like this for him to do with our kids. So glad to find you on Mom 2 Mom Monday!

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  3. Such a great product! My son loves them too =)

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