What gifts of electronics and education did you give this year? Did you give something that will spark the mind of a young kid that will become an artist, designer, engineer or scientist? Did you make something for someone, did you give a book? Post up in the comments!
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The “First Time Clock Puzzle Kit” for my six year old niece, who has already finished it and figured out how to make the alarm ring continuously, and a “Snap Circuits” kit for my eight year old nephew.
I have been mentoring two very bright children of our friends- a 10 year old boy, and 13 year old girl, in electronics, engineering and technology in general. So far, I have been sharing some of my projects with them, and I hope to help them make a metal detector soon.
I also try to contribute as much as possible to the general project forums here.
I am having a great time doing this, and while the parents appreciate the time and attention I give to them, the pleasure is all mine!
Many, many hours spent writing up assembly notes and helpful advice on my blog for people assembling DIY 3D printers. And answering questions on the reprap forums.
Cheap desktop 3D printing is magic. We cannot even guess at what the kids of tomorrow will be making when they’ve been brought up to create and share their own toys and tools straight from their imagination!
I gave my neices a snap circuits kit. They have never done electronics but they picked it up really well! We were excited when we put in an amplifier and a speaker and accidentally started picking up a radio station when one of them touched the components. We looked up the AM Radio project and got it working in no time.
I forgot to get my dad a card, so I made him a PCB instead.