Christmas Gifts

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by tindel, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. tindel

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2012
    So it begins...

    Part 1:
    I want to get a gift for my nephew that is electronics related. A ##-in-one kit is what I'm thinking. I'm not sure what one though. I did find this one which intrigued me because it looks like a good building block from the legos that he loves so much. He really likes instructions and has a hard time diverting the instructions, so the instructions have to be good. He's about to turn 8, so I think this is a perfect time to get him into this hobby to see if he enjoys it - or not. I'd also like to have something flexible enough that when he's ready to divert from the instructions then he can experiment.

    Any other ideas?

    Any ideas for what I can ask for for my home lab? I was thinking some better probe tips for my multimeter.

    Different soldering iron tips would be a good addition too, although I've found that I only use about 4 different tips... a super small, medium, and large chisel tip and a J tip... I use the J-tip for most of my work. At home I only have a medium tip... so that's another place I could improve the lab.

    Any other ideas?
  2. ISB123

    Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2014
    I'd buy him this:

    I think that he is going to have easier time understanding electromechanical project rather than purely electronical.He is probably going to have hard time understanding the "invisible"force but with circuits that have motors and gears he should be able to figure it out and such projects would prepare him pretty good for middle school .
  3. GopherT

    AAC Fanatic!

    Nov 23, 2012
    I've seen this set up close and played with it. It is very limited and, I don't know how to say it but, it is super simple in terms of the 100 'projects' but a pain in the ass to actually get each project assembled if you know the circuit but just want to to assemble it - the resistor is the wrong length or 90-degrees to the circuit. It is essentially a puzzle at the same time it is trying to teach electronic. In the end, you can only follow directions from the book. I didn't think it taught much of anything except following instructions.

    Electronic kits are like tools, I would much rather have a tool that does one thing well than a 10-in-1 tool that does ten things poorly.

    Try one decent electronics kit - a line following robot and a couple of sheets of paper (large) and a black marker to make patterns for the bot to follow (or electrical tape).
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2014