The award-winning Electronic Snap Circuits SC-300 by Elenco is a science kit with more than 300 building projects in one box.
Recommended for ages 8 and up, this kit is great for those who show an interest in learning more about how electronics work as well as for those who simply love to build.
The kit requires 4 AA batteries (not included), and comes with a “circuit board” or base for the projects, and lots of connecting pieces such as wire, resistors, and other parts specific to certain projects.
Other Snap Circuit systems may be combined with this one to add to the creative options and additional pieces may be purchased separately. Smaller kits (SC-100) are available for those wanting to start out with a smaller price tag.
The instruction manual groups projects by the level of difficulty and offers color-coded instructions for each, making the assembly easy and fun. The projects are set up with an objective so that parents and kids can see just what they are learning when they build each one. The younger kids will probably need a bit of help understanding the concepts behind the individual projects, and those answers – available in the instruction booklet as well as online – may educate the grown-ups helping out too.
The assortment of projects offered in the instruction booklet gives an opportunity for increased challenges as the basic concepts are understood. The pieces can be used to create projects not included in the instruction booklet too, which allows those budding engineers to design their very own projects.
Awards for this toy include Dr Toy Best Educational Products, Dr Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, and The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. This kit is a great educational investment for kids of nearly any age.