If you din't already know, I am NOT crafty or good with any project at all. This doesn't fair well when homeschooling a child that got his first physics kit at the age of 5. Matt, now 10, is constantly taking apart electronics, small engines and the like and trying to rebuild them into his own masterpieces. Most of the time the end product doesn't work and he is left frustrated because I am have no idea what should be done to help him.
Considering building things and working with electronics is a great way for Matt to self-sooth this isn't good. But now, EEME and their electronic hands-on project kits may be my saving grace.
EEME's monthly 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.
Last month we received an EEME Genius Light Project kit to review. Check out the description:
The project kit will be shipped with all the materials needed to build the Genius Light (a breadboard, resistors, circuits, LEDs, battery).
Once you've gotten your kit, you'll come back to eeme.co to access our 45 minutes of online videos, which will (1) teach you and your kid how to build the Genius Light, and (2) explain the electrical engineering concepts behind it. (Videos are free to check out.)
Matt was having a particularly bad day coping with his emotions and I could tell that he was about to tailspin into a full on meltdown that would leave him crying for hours. I grabbed the project kit and asked him to join me at the table with the computer.
I pulled up the online lessons and helped Matt get started. Within 5 minutes he was grinning from ear to ear, eager to complete his genius light.
The instructional videos were very thorough, clear and easy to pause if he needed a little extra time to complete a step.
For the next hour I made myself look busy as I hovered around and watched him complete the project. It was amazing for me to see him go from level 9 stress to being so calm and focused.
With a little more help from me in the very end, Matt finished up his Genius Light and proudly paraded it around the house for an hour or more. He then asked me to sign him up to receive a new kit every month.
Sign up for EEME Project Kits for your Family
Because you can take apart the EEME kits are rebuild them over and over again, you only need to purchase one subscription per family for your kids ages 7 through 12, which you can get here at the EEME website.
You can choose between two packages; The Basic for $18.95 a month which includes the project baseboard and electronic parts as well as the online videos and quizzes or The Pro for $29.95 a month which includes all of the components of the basic subscription plus a cover for the project to help protect it and show it off.
You can also find EEME on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr and don't forget to check out the reviews from my team mates at Mosaic Reviews to see what they thought about the EEME project kit too!