Comment #1 posted on 2014-06-24 18:45:04 by NYbill
They still make them...
Just an FYI if anyone wants to get a kit like CPromt is talking about, there is still a company making them. Just do a search on Amazon or somewhere for a company called Elenco. These would make a neat 'retro' electronics kit for a youngster.
Comment #2 posted on 2014-06-24 18:57:47 by NYbill
Found it: https://www.elenco.com/search/searchdetails/130-in-1_electronics_playground=MjA0
(admins: you can just paste this link to my last comment if you'd like.)
Comment #3 posted on 2014-06-25 20:51:35 by CPrompt^
That's awesome! Glad they still make these. Was great fun when I was young...and now :)
Comment #4 posted on 2014-06-26 10:52:52 by Ken Fallon
Available at amazon
These are available in Amazon :) Ordering some this weekend.
Comment #5 posted on 2014-06-26 18:08:05 by NYbill
Yea, we played with one when we were kids as well, Cprompt. It was at my Grandparents house. The Radio Shack one. Probably the same one you had. I remember my cousin and I doing a project once that was a "dog whistle" (humans can't hear it). We pictured getting all the dogs in the neighborhood howling and running up to us.
We wired the project up in about 30min, Then sat on the porch for hours disturbing not one dog. Heh... And because we couldn't hear it we had to keep checking the wiring thinking we had it hooked up wrong.
Your going to get one Ken? Cool! I bet your kids will enjoy it. You could probably get a episode out of it with you and your son doing one of the projects and talking about it. (You owe me a show!) :P
Comment #6 posted on 2014-06-27 00:57:50 by pokey
I had this!
I got this very kit for Christmas one year. I didn't complete many of the projects before I started experimenting on my own and fried a couple of the components, rendering most of the projects useless, but I did love it. If only I had been given this kit just a couple or few years later....
Great episode! It really brought back some fun memories. The projects that I remember completing were the door alarm, the flood alarm, the light meter and the fish caller. I know I did a couple more with the light sensor too, and of course I was circuit bending before circuit bending was called circuit bending. I'm pretty sure that's how I fried components too.
Comment #7 posted on 2014-06-30 20:11:40 by Deltaray
Snap Circuits (https://www.snapcircuits.net/) fit the bill these days for inspiring young kids to learn about electronics.
Comment #8 posted on 2014-10-20 22:40:54 by plan9fan
Great episode!!! Not only did I learn that my wife owns this very kit, but that she too was into electronics as a young adult. What a women.
Comment #9 posted on 2018-12-16 13:09:39 by Richard Harris
It's my "Quick Guide to the best of the 150 projects in this kit, with the list organized from most basic to most advanced, of the 69 best projects for people learning electronics."
This should help electronics beginners and novices, struggling to learn electronics from the poorly organized manual -- which starts with rather advanced topics, and scatters the basics all over the place.
As a tech instructor, looking to hand my old kit of to a newbie, thought I'd take the time to sort it out for him -- and this is the result.
At bottom of chart is a lengthy collection of "tips" for novice experimenters, whether using this kit, or not.
Comments and (civil) corrections welcome.
~ RH of harris1.net
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