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Over the holidays, we completed our most recent EEME kit: Project Attraction.
EEME is a wonderful company which creates STEM project kits for children. Even younger kids can complete these projects, but generally with parents’ assistance. For each project kit, EEME provides a step-by-step video tutorial (at the EEME website, available for each kit) which walks the user through all the different building directions for each kit. We’ve happily completed EEME’s Project Tentacles, Project DIY Display (my personal fave, thus far), and Project Genius Light. Each one of these projects has been a joy to put together and learn from; both my son Jackson and I have learned more than I could have imagined about engineering and technology! EEME’s kits have been a phenomenal addition to our science studies.
What is Project Attraction?
Project Attraction builds on the original breadboard (and battery), like the other EEME projects in this series; each kit teaches children about some facet of STEM technology. This one teaches about electricity, magnetism, current, heat, and….electromagnetism!
This kit includes the following components, which enable you to complete several projects with this kit:
- A tiny, yet powerful, magnet
- A steel bolt
- LED light
- A reed switch
- Wire coil
- Long wire
- AA battery
- Paper clip, sandpaper, rubber band
- (We use the original breadboard from the first EEME set.)
And as always, EEME has provided a step-by-step online tutorial which provides instruction, cautionary recommendations, and the whys and wherefores of the way the components work alone and when put together.
Of the four EEME projects that we’ve built, Project Attraction has the most for the parent to do. This is because Project Attraction adds an electromagnet and more electrical current in the building of the kit on the breadboard; and also because the wire used to create the electromagnet is somewhat delicate. I admit that this made me a little nervous; I just don’t have that much familiarity or experience with electrical current. However, EEME’s tutorial provides very clear instructions while issuing very clear warnings about what NOT to do (like using a more powerful battery instead of the one included in the kit; i.e. DO NOT DO THIS). So as you can imagine, we followed EEME Dad’s instructions TO THE LETTER. And we were able to complete our project successfully!
So…what were some of the cool things we did in Project Attraction?
We built an electromagnet!
We learned about reed switches (I’m not going to describe them too much, because I don’t want to give you too many spoilers!). These are seriously one of the coolest components we’ve been introduced to by EEME…and that’s saying something! You can see it below; it’s the one with the arrow pointing at it. You might also notice that the LED light is on. Don’t you wonder how that happened?
We also learned about how and why heat is generated in an electromagnet; how to get power using an electromagnet; how and why to strip a wire, and so much more.
Project Attraction is yet another fascinating STEM project from EEME. Although there are a number of important safety procedures to follow, the parent and child build electronics and tech that are high in the “wow!” factor, and teach more important STEM principles.
You can purchase Project Attraction and the Basic 6-Project Set at EEME’s website, along with all their other excellent and affordable science kits. Check it out! And, you can also find free online STEM lessons at the same links, where you can get more of a taste of what EEME is like.
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