EEME is a company that makes hands-on projects with online video tutorials to teach 7-12 year old kids (and their parents) about basic electronics. Their goal is to prep kids in the science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) field in a fun way to get them excited about it. They want to create future little engineers! So their projects are aimed to teach parents and adults together, because that’s how learning best happens.
We received a Genius Light Project to work on this past month. It is a simple LED light that turns on when it is dark and off when it is light. Genius, right? I was a little nervous starting this project because I have absolutely ZERO electronics/engineering knowledge. Once we logged in to the site, however, I felt much more at ease. The kit comes with everything you need to assemble your light. and the instructions are fabulous!
The EEME site is simple to use and navigate. They have a step-by-step instructional video series to walk you and your child through the project. It begins by teaching a little background information about the electronic concepts applied in the project – such as Ohm’s Law, voltage dividers, & RC circuits. After the videos, it has interactive quizzes as well as spots for questions or feedback. Neither my son nor I knew what we were doing, but we had no trouble figuring out how to assemble our little light (which now sits on my son’s dresser as a little night light).
The kit says to allow an hour or so to go through the whole series and assemble the light. We worked through it in 2 days. We got about half-way through and took a break to continue on another day. I would say it probably did end up taking about an hour total.
One thing that’s really great is that you can sign up for free to view the videos and learn what it is all about. I always like free samples & trials before committing to anything. Right now they only have the Light Kit, but are planning on adding more to the series. There is also a learning series that does not require the kits. They are free to view as well. There is one on Multimeters (measuring voltage) & they have more coming in that series as well.
If you have kids (or adults) that are interested in learning more about electricity or engineering, I definitely recommend looking into this site. While it is recommended for kids ages 7-12 younger kids definitely need parent supervision & assistance. My son needed a lot of help on it. I also think older kids- up through teens would enjoy these, too.
EEME’s hands-on projects teach kids about electronics. Each project is paired with online curricula to not only guide the kids in assembling the project but also to teach the concepts applied.
The Genius Light kit costs $50. They are offering my readers a promotional discount of 50% off! To get the discount, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject 50% promo – Teach Besides Me.