Readers of finchnwren KNOW how much we love science. Recently, we were contacted by EEME, who invited us to try out and review their amazing and kid-friendly electronics kit, Project Genius Light. You can imagine how quickly we said yes!
What is EEME?
EEME was created by new father Jack, who was interested in finding creative toys which taught children great skills, especially in the areas of science and technology. When he wasn’t happy with what he found, he built his own company that could produce fantastic educational kits that families could enjoy together. And EEME kits provide the perfect intersection between the needs of American kids to learn technology, with fun and creative activities which will build the skills, understanding and vocabulary for ultimate success in the science world.
EEME kits teach electronics, science and technology to children—even kids as young as 7! The projects’ age range is actually 7-12, although children slightly younger and older than that can successfully build them, especially with parental involvement. Kits can be purchased singly or in groups, and all of them start with Project Genius Light.
While we’ve always been interested in science, and have completed a lot of experiments over the course of my son’s homeschool career, we had never done anything in the field of electronics. (Did I mention that I was a liberal arts major—NOT a science or engineering major—in college?) Despite that lack of experience, both Jackson and I found that the EEME kit and instructions wonderfully prepared us for each step of the project.
EEME’s Project Genius Light
We received EEME’s Project Genius Light (the Basic Plan) to review. This is the EEME kit that everyone starts with, for the reason that every other EEME project starts with the base kit included in the Project Genius Light kit (and builds on it from there).
This first kit contains:
- A breadboard (that’s the white rectangle with holes in it, which you build everything on)
- A battery pack
- A plastic baseplate (which holds the breadboard)
- LED light bulb
- One short resistor
- One longer resistor
- 2 longer yellow wires
- 2 blue short wires
Now, with my total lack of experience with electronics, I looked at all this and couldn’t imagine WHAT on earth we were to do with it. However, EEME was prepared for parents and kids who’d never worked with these tools! They have an incredible video and print tutorial on their website which walks you through each and every step you’ll be taking. There are 30 different short videos that EEME has provided, which teach you what each component is, and show you what to do. (They even included a mandatory safety video!)
The tutorials enable the parent and child to build a number of different projects with the Project Genius Light set. They’re fascinating as well as easy to understand and follow. Mixed in with the videos are spots where the children answer questions on their experiences, and further teaching (as well as diagrams) on the different components and what they can do.
How we used this cool science kit:
The entire Project Genius Light process takes from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete. We spread our work out over 3 days, which divided up the process nicely. It gave us enough time to learn about what we were doing without being overwhelmed with a lot of projects at once.
For our process, we simply worked through the steps on the EEME website. The tutorials are very easy to understand. Often, we’d listen to/watch a step, then we’d pause the video as Jackson completed it; then we’d hit “Play” and continue.
I so appreciated the clarity with which Jack teaches the different projects, as well as the clear lists and diagrams which are displayed to the right of each video. This came in handy every time, but especially on one project, when we got to the end of the process and the light didn’t come on.
See the bright orange arrow on this photo? That’s pointing to the list of pieces used in this project, and where on the breadboard each one was supposed to go. Because Jack had included that list, we were able to check each step we’d taken, and determine where Jackson had placed each wire. And, we discovered that one of them was in the wrong spot, which kept the circuit from being completed and therefore, the LED from lighting up! It was such a relief to have that list (on every project, by the way) and to be able to find our error. And to fix it!
Some of the amazing things we learned in Project Genius Light were:
- How a breadboard works
- What a resistor does
- How a circuit is completed
- How a light actually turns on
- and much, much more!
Here’s what my son, Jackson, had to say:
“It is fun and reminds me of computer programming. It’s very easy to understand, and is a project for beginners and experienced ones alike. It’s cool how the photoresistor works. And EEME did a very good job on it.”
I definitely recommend EEME and Project Genius Light to anyone who’d like their children to learn how fun and amazing science and technology can be. Parents and kids will love completing the projects together, and will be amazed at the total coolness of what someone can do who learns a little about the STEM fields.
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