One of my favorite science memories is when I had to create an electronic circuit board for my college-level science class. It was a class on how to teach science to children, but I found that I was introduced to concepts in that class that I had never been taught while in school. Though I had good intentions, I haven’t gotten around to teaching my own children anything about electronics because I really don’t know what I’m doing. I noticed there was a company called EEME that had electronic project kits for kids and I was very interested in learning more about the projects. EEME sent me the Genius Light Kit to test and review.
EEME Electronics Kits
EEME’s hands-on project kits teach kids about electronics. Each project kit is paired with online curricula to not only guide the kids in assembling the project but also to teach the concepts applied.
Our Genius Light Kit arrived in a cute little box. It contained:
- black battery holder
- white enclosure box
- 2 AA batteries
- 4 wires
- 4 thumb screws
- 4 hex bolts
- 2 resistors
- 1 photo resistor
- LED light
One thing you won’t find in the box is instructions. Yep. No instructions. That is because everything you need to complete the project is explained via short video tutorials!
EEME project kits are geared toward children 7-12 yr. old. My 11 yr. old daughter decided that she wanted to be the one to complete the project. We logged on to EEME’s site to start working through the videos. The Genius Light kit has 22 videos. It introduces the concept of an electric circuit, with the ending project being a fully-functioning light-sensitive light. It takes about an hour to complete if you are a normal family. It took us 2 hours to complete because I was helping–lol. The great thing is that you do not have to do the whole project in one sitting! Each video is just a a couple minutes long. You can rewind and replay it if you miss anything (which is what we did a lot). Each video walked the student (and parent) through a step or explained what was happening.
Mixed in with the video tutorials were questions and answers to check for comprehension. This was a nice addition to the project step-outs. My daughter had no problem answering the questions which meant she was learning!
My daughter was very proud of her completed Genius Light project— more than I thought she would be! Overall she loved doing this project. There were a couple steps that frustrated her, but we slowed down, reviewed the video and figured it out together. I liked that it provided a bit of a challenge. That made it feel like a big accomplishment when she got her light to work.
More About EEME
You can view the videos for free: EEME videos. Right now there are 2 project kits plus a multimeter activity to view. The kits are currently only available as a monthly subscription plan. The BasicPlan is $18.95 a month and the Builder Plan is $29.95 a month. Each project will reuse the breadboard, battery pack, and base plate from the first kit– so don’t lose it! 😉 They do have a referral opportunity too:
- Purchase your subscription
- Share your personal link with your friends
- For each friend who subscribes with your link, you get 1 month free towards your subscription.
- AND your friend also gets 1 month free too!
If you are looking for a hands-on way to introduce electronics to your children, EEME is a great option to consider. The videos are high quality and the content is presented well. I know this is something we would not have covered if it weren’t for EEME. I would like to have more of a scope-and-sequence, but they are still in the building phase. If you have any questions, need replacement parts, need more than one kit at a time, contact Jack, aka firstname.lastname@example.org. EEME is on the right track and I am looking forward to seeing future projects!
Disclosure: I received the Genius Light Kit for review purposes only. The opinions in this post are mine.