My 9-year-old has helped me with electronics projects in the past, usually organizing the components and placing them onto the boards while I explained the function of each. He’s done some soldering when the components are in more easier to reach places, but most of the time, he would just feed in the solder while I controlled the iron. The more projects we did together, the more and more adamant he became in doing a project entirely on his own.
Knowing his abilities, I knew the MintyBoost Kit was a great, first solo soldering project for my him. I supervised him the whole time, but let him have control from start to finish.
What he put together was a nifty iPhone charger for me, which I carry in my bag all the time. I’ve used it on several occasions when I’m out and about and forgot to charge my phone before leaving our apartment. Every time my son sees me use it, he’ll grin and say, “I made that.”
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MintyBoost Kit; The world’s first and only open-source hardware charger: The MintyBoost®!
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Make your own iPod/iPhone/GPS/etc… battery-pack and recharger!
This project includes all the electronic parts necessary to build your own MintyBoost: a small & simple (but very powerful) USB charger for your iPod (or other mp3 player), camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge. (read more)