Review of Circuit Scribe Electronics Kits and Giveaway for a Maker Kit – #STEM

BOSTON, MA - MAY 25.  Ryan Martin (left) of Boston and Jonas Gillespie (8) of Ithaca, NY happily observe the successful completion of an electronic circuit to power a moter. Martin is one of the members of an Electroninks outreach team that provided instruction and encouragement to children exploring circuit design using "Circuit Scribe" conductive ink and electronic components at Boston's Museum of Science.  Lori K. Sanders/Cambridge, MA.

Circuit Scribe Kits provide a great introduction to electronics. They teach kids about the basics of electronics whilst having them build a series of projects, which makes learning fun! There is no need to learn to solder when creating the projects- you simply use the included conductive silver ink pen to draw the wires and make connections. I recently got the opportunity to test out the CircuitScribe Ultimate Kit and found that it was a great addition to our Homeschool curriculum.

Review

The Circuit Scribe kits consist of a variety of electronic components as a series of magnetic modules, a workbook, a steel sheet, a circuit stencil and a conductive silver ink pen.  The Ultimate Kit contains over 30 components, plus instructions for lots of projects.

 

The Modules are color coded:

Input e.g. switch =red

Output e.g. LED =yellow

Connection e.g. transistor =grey

Power e.g. battery =blue

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Workbook

The Workbook contains lots of projects and they are color-coded so that you know at a glance which projects are compatible with the Basic or Maker or Ultimate kits. All projects can be completed using the Ultimate kit, most can be done with the Maker kit but the Basic kit can do less.

The steel sheet is used to place between pages of the workbook and acts as a magnetic backdrop for the projects. It also acts as a glossary of symbols and abbreviations used for describing electronic circuits and components.

For each project the student learns the theory behind the project, sees a circuit diagram for the project, then draws in the indicated wires using the silver ink pen.  They are encouraged to use some artistic flare rather than just tracing along the lines. Once they have drawn the required wires they can place the  modules in the indicated spots and they will magnetically stick to the steel sheet through the paper connecting to the silver ink wires as they do so. It takes a little practice to draw the wires so that they will conduct electricity well- you need to make the lines nice and thick without any breaks, but even if you don’t get them perfect the first time you can just add more ink to reinforce any areas of weakness.

As they work through the projects students learn the characteristics of different types of electrical components, how to create and read circuit diagrams.  As the students learn about the components they are encouraged to be creative and design their own circuits. The Ultimate kit is even contains connectors that allow you to use it with Arduino and Raspberry Pi (not included), and has a sample Arduino project.

Summary

Not only do Circuit Scribe kits provide projects to do, but they also teach the basics of electronics. Students learn about electrical components such as resistors, potentiometers and switches, plus they learn to draw circuit diagrams as well as build projects. This is a great kit for homeschooling families as it has students learning about physics, electricity and electronics in a hands on way. It is also a fun introduction to electronics for ages 10- adult – I know I learned from using it! Highly recommended #STEM gift.

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Maker Kit Giveaway

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Thanks to Circuit Scribe One lucky reader of The iMums can win a Circuit Scribe kit of their own- we have a Maker Kit to give away (RRP $79.99)

The Maker Kit contains 17 electronic components and instructions for a variety of projects.

Maker Kit Contains:

11 Modules:

  • 9V Battery adapter with 9V battery
  • x2 Bi-LED
  • SPST Switch
  • NPN Transistor
  • 2-Pin Adapter with 5x resistors (100, 1k, 10k, 100k and 1M ohm), 2x capacitors (0.1uF, 1.0uF), and one photoresistor (10k ohms)
  • Potentiometer – 10k ohms
  • Blinker
  • Buzzer
  • RGB LED
  • Light Sensor

Additional Items:

  • Conductive Ink Pen
  • Circuit Stencil
  • Jumper Sticker Sheet
  • Workbook
  • Steel sheet

Available from CircuitScribe.comAmazon and other retailers for US$79.99,

 

 

Giveaway

If you would like to win a Maker kit from Circuit Scribe ($79.99 value), please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to USA ONLY and a valid mailing address is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!
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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.The links in this post may contain affiliate links where The iMums will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on our link, this helps to support the costs of running this site and we appreciate your support.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Giveaway for VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite ($99.99)

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Do you have a friend or relative who still has lots of home videos lying around on VHS tapes or on camcorder tapes? VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite could be the perfect gift for them. Tapes deteriorate over time and it becomes harder and harder to find ways to play them, so its important to get them transferred to digital formats or you may lose the content entirely. Instead of taking them in to be professionally copied (which can be cost prohibitive if you have a lot of tapes to transfer) you can convert them at home with VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite.

To use VIDBOX you need a VCR or camcorder that can play your tapes, and a Mac or PC. The Video Conversion Suite comes with a key to download the software or you can install it via the included CD-Rom. The VIDBOX little white box is the key to connecting your video output device to the computer. You wire it to your VCR/ camcorder via RCA to RCA cables (included) or RCA to S-Cable (not included) and connect it to your computer via the included USB cable. Once it is connected launch the VIDBOX software and follow the on screen instructions. The video will record as a digital file on your computer in real time as it plays on your VCR/ camcorder. Once the recording is finished you can preview it and save to iMovie or iTunes (on Mac).

Compatible  Video Players: VCR (VHS, Betamax, S-VHS), camcorder (8mm, DV, mini DV, HDV, AVCHD), TV, DVD player, game console, TiVo, DVR and cable set-top box.

System requirements:

Mac

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or higher
  • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Processor: Intel® Core2 Duo processor or higher
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 15GB recommended

PC

  • Operating System: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista
  • Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Processor: Pentium M 2.26 GHz, Pentium Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz or higher, or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3600+ or higher
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 700MB for program installation and 10GB for DVD creation

The Video conversion suite includes software for both Mac and PC or you can buy Mac or PC only versions for slightly less. Available from VIDBOX.COM or Amazon RRP Suite $99.99 or PC or Mac only $79.99. Suite currently on sale for $89.99 on VIDBOX.Com.

Giveaway

If you would like to win a VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite please enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. A valid shipping address is required and winners must respond to email notification within 48 hours.
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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Giveaway of a RazorPlatinum Powerbank from MyCharge

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One of the cool features about the new MacBook Pros is that they can now to powered via a USB-C instead of needing a proprietary Mac charger. This opens up more possibilities for charging on the go. The new RazorPlatinum Powerbank from MyCharge has a built-in USB-C port and enough power to recharge a MacBook as well as USB-A port for your other devices.
RazorPlatinum Powerbank from MyCharge

 

The USB-C port delivers a 36W output and is able to fully charge a MacBook in 100 minutes. You can also charge any tablet, smartphone or other device via the RazorPlatinum’s standard USB-A port.  You can recharge the RazorPlatinum via the MacBook 29 watt adaptor in just 2 hours, or use the included USB-C to USB-A adapter to charge it via a standard USB port.

This 13400mAh Lithium Polymer PowerBank is the most powerful in the myCharge lineup and the only one that can recharge a laptop. It has ultra fast charging and recharging. It measures 6.5 in x 4.8 in x 1.1 in and weighs in at under 1lb, making it very small and light for a battery of this capacity. Available from MyCharge.com and Best Buy for US$99.99. The Razor Platinum was one of our Holiday Gift Guide picks this year – featured in The iMums 17 Terrific Tech Gifts and to celebrate myCharge is giving one away to a lucky iMums reader.

Giveaway

If you would like to win a RazorPlatinum , please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to to those with a valid US mailing address, and the prize will be shipped directly from myCharge. Please ensure you read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

The iMums Great Gift Guides and Giveaways 2016

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It is time to start shopping for Holiday Gifts, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday The iMums have some great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Thanks to some wonderful companies we also have the opportunity for our readers to enter to win some of these great gifts too! Starting today we will be launching a series of giveaways each featuring a product we love. In this post we have links to all our Holiday Gift Guides – just click on the picture to be taken to the guide. We will also list all our great gift giveaways – adding one each day as we launch them.

We have gift ideas to suit all ages- from Tots to Teen and kids to grandparents. The main focus of our gift guides is technology related gifts, and our kids gift ideas include a lot of fun, educational #stem and #steam inspired gifts. We have gifts for a wide range of budgets, including a selection of gifts under $30. We’d love to hear from you about the gifts YOU want to see under the tree this year. Happy Holiday to all from The iMums.
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Great Gift Giveaways

Day 1

MotionPen Kids Stylus with apps from Widevantage.

To enter read the MotionPen Kids Stylus Review and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.

Day 2

Square Panda Phonics Playset ($119 value) – US only

If you would like to win a Square Panda Phonics Playset read the Square Panda Phonics Playset Review and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.

Day 3

RazorPlatinum 13,400mAh Portable Powerbank from myCharge ($99.99 value) – US only

If you would like to win a RazorPlatinum please visit the RazorPlatinum Giveaway and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.

Day 4 

VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite ($99.99)

If you would like to win a VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite, to convert your old video or camcorder tapes to digital files, please visit the VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite Giveaway and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.

Day 5

Bluebee Pals PRO ($64.99) – USA only

If you would like to win a Bluebee pals PRO of your choice please read our review of Hudson the Puppy by Bluebee Pals and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.

Day 6

Malia’s House from Build & Imagine ($59.99) – USA Only

Malia’s House is a magnetic building set meets doll house meets dress up dolls. If you would like to win a Malia’s House please read our review enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.
Day 7

Maker Kit from CircuitScribe ($79.99 value) – USA only.

To enter read The iMums CircuitScribe Review and Giveaway and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.

Day 8

3 Month Subscription to Know Yourself Adventure Series – USA only.

To enter read the Know Yourself Adventure Series Review and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.
Day 9

Puzzlets Starter Pack with Cork the Volcano Programming Game (RRP $99.99) – USA only.

If you would like to win a Puzzlets Starter Pack with Cork the Volcano, please read The iMums Review of the Puzzlets Starter Pack with Cork the Volcano and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.

Day 10

NightHawk X8 Smart Tri-Band Router from NETGEAR (RRP $399.99) – USA only.

If you would like to win a NightHawk X8 Smart Tri-Band Router from NETGEAR, please read our Review and Giveaway and enter via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of that post.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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