• Darryl Silva

Buzz, Spin, Lights! Versatile DIY Circuit Kits

100 Fun STEM Activities in a Box  … Buzz, Spin, Lights! Versatile DIY Circuit Kits

Here’s a paid DIY STEM activity that’s versatile and tons of fun.  At 22 / 25 points, the rating is Buy IT or Borrow It!  Elenco Snap Circuits are a great idea for a present for any occasion.  You can add on components so the building creativity is almost endless.  Great activity to build confidence and curiosity as a lot of trial and error.  Also, positive hands-on experience designing and building models of working electrical circuits.

  1. What:  Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100; Please see website for all details, including safety recommendations: https://www.elenco.com/product/snap-circuits-jr-100-experiments/.  Snap Circuits uses building pieces with snaps to assemble different electronic circuits on a simple “rows-and-columns” base grid that functions like the printed circuit board found in most electronic products. Each component is easily identifiable by a different colour and functional purpose.

  2. Rating (out of 25): At 22 / 25 points, the rating is Buy IT or Borrow It!  (Fun = 4 + Confidence & Curiosity = 5 + STEM Aligned = 5, + Time Value = 5, +  Cost = 3).

  3. Cost:  ~$40.00 CND; Free Shipping with Amazon Prime

  4. Age: 7+

Kid POV:

  1. As per Adrianna (6 years old, loves gymnastics, part-time Jr. Executive at D4DSTEM): “It’s cool to build circuits to hear music.  If you don’t get it right the first time, you try until you get it.  I liked following the instructions and doing it on my own.  I like playing it on my own but also with my parents.”

  2. As per Marcus (3 Years old, loves animals): “I like to drop small rolled up tissue paper on the moving fan and see it pop!  Batteries hold energy.”

Caregiver POV:

  1. As per Darryl (38 years old, dad, husband, D4DSTEM Founder & Digital Banking Executive):  “In addition to my kids having fun, I had a blast and learned a lot. In fact, check out my upcoming blog, “From Snap Circuit Activity for Kids to Fixing my Grandfathers Lawnmower”.  I had a flashback with the Space War Alarm Combo.  Both Adrianna and Marcus have spent hours with the activities as there are 100.  Great activity to build confidence and curiosity as a lot of trial and error – especially if you don’t follow the instructions and try to innovate – but rewarding when you get your result (e.g. fan spins, alarm goes off, light goes on).  The age recommendation of 7+ is accurate; however, with supervision, still a fun activity with younger kids but watch out for the small pieces.

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