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Electronics for five year olds?!

Hi everyone, I joined the forum and became a member because I'm getting rather starved for ideas... A community centre (or center as you spell it south of the boarder) asked me to design/ come up with some drop in classes for children and their care givers. Some kids could be as young as five, and they want the class to have an electronics, hackery, tech based focus. I've done this with 12-17 year old, but this 5 year old thing is throwing me for a loop. I'm thinking about joule thieves and home made robots, but does anyone else know of a project that's gone over really well with young kids they can share at all? I'm not sure if this is in the right category, apologies if it isn't.

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How about a simple battery to light bulb project?
When I was five I had the best little board kit ever, it used springs as wire connectors and it could be made in to anything, I made a radio (amplified of course) a bird caller circuit that then got turned in to an evil item using the variable caps on the board.

Joule thieves sound good for an open class project, what also comes to mind is mini house circuits, taching them how to use switches and the like...

My mother still say electricity is magic and microwaves are evil, convert them at a young age to avoid this...
The quote about your mother is funny....I'm trying to bring them into the light...lol... I actually like this idea a lot....I used to have a 70s radio shack board that was a fun starter.....the card board with springs and things....I don't know if I still have it but I think they might be on ebay or copyable from somewhere..... Thanks!
They'd be great or even a kit based thing, solder up a set of kits using banana clips, simply add the male and female so the circuits always have the right polarity... You could also take apart a few microwaves and a few computers, leave the room for ten minutes and see if they manage to make a super weapon... I once accidentally creates illegal RF signals with one of those kits, using a radio transmitter circuit combined with the amp circuit, it did work really well, apart from being a mess with frequencies and all, once you tuned in you could hear your music on the right channel from some distance...
No one will really care if you make some RF frequencies, unless they're blocking pre-existing stations. If you don't run an illegal radio show/program, the FCC won't break down your door and arrest you on the spot...
Read this Before you play with RF emitting circuits, a small FM or AM transmitter is one thing but anything transmitting more then emission levels, you'll be surprised at who might show up....
I'm not making that frequency any time soon...
Ah but Octaves of much lower frequencies are often over looked...And the clock on the DVD player was a much lower frequency then 121.5 MHz...(( They are phasing out 121.5 MHz because of the number of false alarms ))
No RF circuits for me..
Well whatever I did most of the house got static, I really didn't know how to build a circuit so it's not surprising...
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