Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Circuit Scribe DIY Electronic Kits

I always love searching Kickstarter and finding new products. I especially love finding things my kids will like, because when you have tween age boys, anything that gets them off their devices is good! My boys tend to be very picky about what they "play" with now, since they are 10 and 12, they both want things that will make them think, not just random or pretend play.

A few weeks ago, on Kickstarter I came across Circuit Scribe DIY Electronic Kits, and I knew my boys had to try one out. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to test one of the kits.
Xander who is 12, was completely enthralled with it, he spent 2 hours putting together all the projects in the book.

So how exactly does the Circuit Scribe work? Well, each kit has parts, the one we have includes things like a battery holder, a light, and switch, then the pen, which has metallic ink that you use on a piece of paper to make lines going from each part to make them work. So you would place the switch, the light, and the batteries all on the paper and then using the pen, make them all connect, then flip the switch to the light and it turns on! 

Right now on Kickstarter Circut Scribe has already reached their $95,000 goal! But, you can still help them raise more money and get your hands on some kits before they are available online (they ship in October, so in time for the holidays!)

Some of the kits available with your contribution are: 

  • Calculator Kit 
  • Drone Kit
  • LiteWing Kit
  • Developer Kit

Some information from the campaign: 

Circuit Scribe is the original conductive ink rollerball pen. With a non-toxic, highly conductive, silver and water based ink, you can draw your own circuits by hand. Our customers have used the pen for education, prototyping, and electronic art. The educational kits come with magnetic component modules that snap onto the circuit, allowing you to create fun electronic paper crafts using a range of basic to advanced circuit concepts.

The new DIY kits are a continuation of our mission to make learning about electricity fun and engaging, but you don't need the educational kits to create with the DIY kits! 
Our original kits emphasized education by teaching basic circuitry principles, while our new kits emphasize application by allowing you to apply those concepts to DIY projects, using the classic Circuit Scribe pen to draw the connections.  The chart below shows how these fundamental concepts are applied to tangible projects that are useful (or just fun!) in your daily life. 
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Paige@7kidsandus.com with any questions.

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