Parents love Microduino
The world is a far different place than it was just a decade ago. By the age of three, most kids have a working understanding of smartphones, computers and other common smart devices. Maintaining that fascination and fostering their natural curiosity is a challenge as technology becomes increasing pervasive within our culture. All the more reason to make certain our kids have the knowledge and basic understanding of how things work.
Microduino understands a child’s natural curiosity and provides building projects that expand this knowledge at any age. Microduino learning kits increase problem-solving skills, build confidence and cultivate STEM (science, technology, electronics and math) interest.
With Microduino, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. mPuzzle (ages 5+) includes magnetic, snap-together components that teach basic circuitry concepts. With mPuzzle, kids learn through play and come to understand how things work by cause and effect. mPuzzle offers everything kids need to construct simple objects found in our everyday world such as a street lamp that comes on at dusk or the LED on a TV remote control that comes on when in use. Using ordinary objects provides instant familiarity with function, and challenges kids to learn how things work by building out a simple, miniature model with snap together components.
Microduino building kits encourage safe exploration of electrical current, connectivity and more. mPuzzle snap-together construction lets kids build and expand projects that deliver behavior by design. And it’s as simple as assembling color coded blocks according to function. It’s a great way to familiarize young children with the technology that will be an ever-important part of their lives. The building projects included in mPuzzle include:
- Personal fan
- Test your reflexes
- Solar light
- Buzzer control
- Magnet detector
- Desk lamp
- Security badge
- TV remote control LED
- Solar fan
- Security alarm
2. mPie (ages 7+) It begins with understanding kids. Grade school is a time when kids form their understanding of the greater world and beginn to set their ambition for the future. They naturally navigate toward those things that pique their interest and begin to expand this into the future. This begins, but is also limited to their exposure to life and its options.
“I want to be an engineer when I grow up, a scientist, a climatologist…” all begin with an overarching understanding and internalized perception of what this means. Placing this vision in front of your child creates options in their mind and in their future self.
And let’s not forget social influences. Gamification is an excellent learning method and mPie provides brain-game challenges with interactive activities that culminate in the success of a functioning project. It all begins when a skill becomes real before the child’s eyes and they can envision themselves engaged with such purpose in the world. mPie initiates such thought process and dicovery.
mPie includes intermediate-level, magnetic, snap-together modules that teach the next tier of circuitry concepts. Once kids have become familiar with the basics through mPuzzle, the mPie kit takes it up a notch within the same learning dynamic of cause and effect. Each project turns an everyday function into a dynamic understanding of energy, physics, and more–fueling one’s interest in how things really work.
mPie building projects include:
- Fly swatter
- Lunar eclipse
3. mCookie (ages 9+) means you’ve officially entered the world of “maker.” Each project kit gets progressively more challenging while covering a different topic of interest from light to sound to atmospheric measurement.
Projects are multi-step and assume a level of understanding of electronics and visual software programming, while providing the components needed to build out the specified project and more. These kits are great for home, club or school projects, and give kids the function and flexibility they need to make their ideas into a workable prototype.
mCookies are programmable with Arduino technology, so functionality is only limited by the maker.
- Basic Kit 102
- Advanced Kit 202
- ExpertKit 302
- Itty Bitty City