Saturday, October 8, 2016

Snap Circuits Jr. from Elenco for kids

Lately I had been my hands-on with the RaspberryPi and Arduino prototype kits to get started with IOT (Internet Of Things). Being a graduate in Electrical and Electronics Engineering helped me in getting started quickly.

I built a car with 4 DC motors, control it using a TV remote control which emits IR (Infra Red) signal. The IR signal was captured by the IR sensor on the car. Based on the button pressed on the remote control an Arduino program controlled the speed of the motors. This made the car move in different directions. It was not too complicated, but was fun to build.

All the time I was building the car, my son used to tag with me asking questions on what the different parts were and how they function. To continue his interest in the same, I bought him a Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 and he was more than happy to do different circuits with it. The Snap Circuits comes with different models like Snap Circuits SC-300, Snap Circuits PRO SC-500 and finally the Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750. The Snap Circuits can be upgraded easily. There is a Snap Circuits UC-30 Upgrade Kit SC-100 to SC-300 and others.

The Snap Circuits are a big rugged and don't get damaged very easily, the only thing which needs to be taken care is the polarity of the components when connecting. There is no need to solder, the different components snap with each other using the push buttons. Batteries are the only items which need to be bought separately. It comes with a manual/guide explaining the different components, trouble shooting tips, circuit diagrams etc which is really nice.

As the name says, connecting them is a snap and fun. Would very much recommend for those who want to get their kids started with electronics.

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