Quick! Take a look around the room. How many electronic gadgets and dodads do you see? Without even turning my head I see a cell phone, a VoIP phone, a computer and monitor, speakers, a printer…
Today’s world is filled with tech gadgets, and our children are expected to use them earlier and earlier. STEM education and awareness (that’s science, technology, engineering and math) becomes more important every year. The lack of STEM-related toys and projects is startling given today’s abundance of electronic gadgets. This is where EEME fits in.
EEME’s monthly hands-on project kits teach kids about electronics. Each project kit is paired with online curricula to not only guide the kids in assembling the project but also to teach the concepts applied.
EEME is a monthly delivery of an electronics kit aimed at kids aged 7-12 and the first project you will receive is the Genius Light. The Genius Light Project is a smart light, it shines in the dark and dims when it’s light. Your children will learn about LED circuit systems, resistors, and power supply in this lesson. At the end of the lesson they end up with a nifty nightlight they’ll be proud to show off.
But EEME is about so much more than the project itself. Each project comes with 45-60 minutes worth of online video instruction. The video instruction leads you through building the project, but it also takes you through experimenting with building. My children learned much more from the experimentation and “getting it wrong” than they did the instructions for “getting it right”. I LOVE that about this product!
The Project Genius Light shipment comes with everything you need to complete the project. Some of the pieces, like the breadboard and battery pack, are reused in future projects. If your children are like mine and want to keep each project without reusing parts, yes, you can opt to purchase an add-on breadboard and battery pack each month.
Something else I LOVE about EEME? I have a lot of children and each of them wanted a try with the Genius Light. I went to the website to see about ordering two additional kits when I read the following on the FAQ page:
“You only need one subscription per family, as you can always take apart the project after putting it together. The point is to encourage building and rebuilding – so feel free to take your projects apart as often as you want!”
Watching my children work through this project was awesome. One child would do a step while the other was in charge of the video, then they’d trade places. When something didn’t work I could see the wheels turning in their heads, the thoughts visible on their face. I could see the light bulbs going off in their heads when something worked. Two weeks after completing the project they still take every chance to show it off. I’m amazed that one project kept all three children enthralled, and that their interest hasn’t waned.
But don’t take my word for it, here is what my kids have to say:
Miss Dreamer (10): “It was really cool and I learned stuff that I didn’t know. It was very interesting and the videos were fun.”
Mister Man (8): “I love that we figured out new stuff. I really liked doing it and I like learning about electronics.”
Mister Giggles (6): “I pretty much liked it a lot. When is the next one coming?”
For us EEME is an absolute winner, something I have no qualms about recommending, and something we certainly plan to continue using!
Cost: Plans start at $18.95/m
Parental involvement: Minimal
Reading Skill: N/A
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.