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Elenco 130-in-1 Electronic Playground and Learning Center
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- A classic electronics trainer with 130 experiments
- Learn basic principles of electronics and electricity, physics and magnetism
- Projects include: AM broadcast station, Electronic Organ, LED strobe light, Timer, Logic Circuits and much, much more
- Includes easy-to-read, lab style, illustrated manual
- Brought to you by Elenco Electronics, the same company the brings you Snap Circuits
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Electronics Playground 130 is a classic electronics trainer for expanding the depths of electronics understanding. It uses the spring/wire connection method for quick and easy modifications and trouble shooting. Learn basic principles of electronics and electricity, physics and magnetism. Comes with built-in speaker, 7 segment LED display, two fully integrated circuits and rotary controls.
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Electronics Playground 130 is a classic electronics trainer for expanding the depths of electronics understanding. It uses the spring/wire connection method for quick and easy modifications and trouble shooting. Learn basic principles of electronics and electricity, physics and magnetism. Comes with built-in speaker, 7 segment LED display, two fully integrated circuits and rotary controls. Complete AM broadcast station, Electronic Organ, LED strobe light, Timer, Logic Circuts and much, much more. Also includes an Easy-to-read, illustrated, lab style manual.
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But the best approach I have seen is this kind of design--the spring grip connectors remove the need for soldering irons so it is easy to assemble and disassemble projects. It also makes the kit safe for younger learners (or clumsy ones.) You can start as simply as "paint by numbers" and get fairly advanced. Many of the circuits are for entertainment rather than learning, and that is fine--the best instructional kit of this type I have seen, in terms of learning electronics, was also fairly dull. This kit has a good mix, and ranges from basic components up to a couple of small integrated circuits.
The only thing missing is a meter. To be fair, the manual says early on that getting a multimeter will make a big difference in understanding, and it does. There is a world more possible to understand when one can see the voltages.
In the manual, the only thing really missing is a better description of the function of a transistor. Resistors and capacitors and batteries are easy; diodes can be understood as a "one way street" for electrons--but no kit or manual I have ever seen gives a good description of the transistor in terms of operation--"when you put this many volts here you get this much current there."
I have bought several kits, and this is the one I use and teach with. I am very happy with this product overall.
My only criticism accounts for 2 missing stars: the build quality. It's laminated cardboard with a piece of paper on the bottom. Not sturdy and not high quality. I would have paid twice as much for something more substantial. It's a real shame because the kit is great and there's so much that can be done with it. Unfortunately this is where America is now. Our jobs sold out and our products flimsy Chinese replacements. I had one of these sets when I was a kid and had a wood base and was very sturdy and impressive. It takes away from the experience for the kids unfortunately but I would still recommend you buy this because it's a valuable experience.
Note to manufacturer: Charge more and chose better construction materials!
Anyway, I highly recommend this kit to all the children who are interested in electronics. As a matter of fact, I found myself playing with it from time to time too. Have fun!