the ultimate in plug and play electronics. Simply snap together
the component blocks and discover over 100 action packed experiments.
Build a real flying disc, a working FM radio with automatic
station selection, a lie detector for you and your friends,
a burglar alarm, a voice recorder and lots more...
Wires: Plug and Play Electronics Set includes
over 100 experiments that allow you to build a range of working
electronic instruments quickly and easily. The
easy to handle components snap together in order to create
a huge number of different circuits on the base board. And,
thanks to the fact that all wires are secured with the components,
the kit is totally safe and incredibly simple to operate.
This kit includes circuits that can be activate by touch,
water, light and sound.
manual is incredibly detailed. It lists the components by
an easy reference number, as well as by their more scientific
name. This is handy, because you can bet that your child won't
know what an NPN resistor or a power amp IC unit is (actually,
neither will most adults. But, call them number 52 and 29
and, like a paint by numbers picture, everyone can construct
these kits quickly and easily. And, after a time they may
even begin to use their proper scientific names.
start off with a fairly simple experiment which shows children
how to build a simple circuit. It then progresses slowly through
some rather dull experiments. I say "dull" because
most kids are going to want to jump straight in and make a
flying disc, or lie detector... but, stick with the early
experiments as they are essential in helping you learn the
basics of electronics.
only is this kit educational, but it's great fun too. Sure,
a few of the experiments don't work as well as they could
(the simple radio has terrible reception and the lie detector
doesn't really work properly) but there are plenty of experiments
that do work well (the FM radio and the flying disc spring
to mind), and on the whole this is a lot of fun. There's also
a sense of achievement to be had actually constructing, and
understanding, these simple experiments. And
once you've mastered them all you can upgrade and buy a more
I became editor of sci-fi-online, I was features editor of
the UK's largest weekly electronics magazine, Electronics
Times (currently EETimes).
UK electronics industry is in serious difficulty. We wrote
numerous articles on the problem (insomniacs click here)
and the root of this problem is that kids just don't find
electronics sexy. It's dull, and not a career that children
want to go into. Hopefully the Hot Wires electronics
set will help shape the way the younger generation think.
career in the electronics sector can be rewarding.
marks to John Adams for helping to achieve something that
our government has failed to do miserably. Now if only they
could release a kit on 100 surgical experiments maybe we could
recruit more doctors and nurses.
of the best value for money kits I've ever seen. Fun and educational
for adults as well as children.
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