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Recommend any soldering kits for kids, ages 9-12?


I volunteer for Sonoma County 4-H and want to do electronic kits for our kids, ages 9-12. Please recommend any electronic kits that kids of that age may do (with parents help) and would be fun to use. For example, the Simon kit from Sparkfun is a great project for kids, whth some help from parents. 

ElvenChild2 years ago
Why does everyone assume that anyone under the age of 18 and even more so under 13 need parental supervision when disassembling or reassembling electronic devices? I have disassembled a plethora (take the amount of days in a year and multiply it by 7 and I have disassembled at least that many items) and I still have all my fingers. In fact the only serious (E.R) injury came from a glass window (I still cant hold (point) that finger straight...) not an electronic device.
Because having the benefit of experience as an adult, you know that most minors will have the same thinking as you. Sure, you have a better chance of getting maimed or hurt by a meteor coming through a glass window but there is no danger in working with electricity, hot soldering irons, charged capacitors, heavy metals, toxic compounds and possible exothermic chemical reactions, using screwdrivers and razor blades to crack open sealed cases, not knowing to secure items less you cut a major artery in bashing the case open to include getting fragments of molten metal, glass, plastic or other inorganic foreign substances in the eye or causing an audible explosion capable of causing loss to one, both, or remaining hearing.... In other words, the paperwork you have to do after an accident is hell.
Kiteman2 years ago
I got a bunch of LEDs and watch batteries for my pack of Cubs to make their own torches - the battery went inside fold of paper that the Cubs decorated with fibre-tips.

One clever boy made the paper enclosure large enough to contain the LED as well, and drew flames on it.

That might make a quick and easy Hallowe'en project for Cubs in the next week or so.
jamiann2 years ago
hi, i work with the scouts and we use this idea for day campfor the webelos (ages 10 & 11, 4th & 5th grade) - it's a film can flashlight - we call it the Philmont Film Can Flashlight b/c Philmont is a well know camp for Boy Scouts - it's a big hit! good luck - website is...http://www.e-scoutcraft.com/film_can/led_flashlight.html
Honus2 years ago
You might check out the Drawdio from Adafruit-
https://www.adafruit.com/products/124


caitlinsdad2 years ago
Getting a bunch of kits may be cost prohibitive. Are there any older kids that may be able to help etch and drill a few circuit boards or put together some breadboard kits. You can source bulk components and then base it on some circuit out there. Flashing LED lapel buttons are always good and ripping apart old electronics like radios and vcrs will give good practice in soldering and desoldering. Wiring up motors or small fans to battery packs and adding on/off switches is always good. Just look up beginner electronics kits and you will get an idea on what you can put together. Good luck.
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