LightUp Tesla Kit - Learn to program
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- Snap together magnetic blocks to build circuits in seconds (no soldering or wiring needed)
- Visit the LightUp Learning online community to access guided tutorials, view projects made by other kids, and share your own creations Build a burglar alarm, battery tester, musical instrument, and more (compatible with the Edison Kit)
- Learn key STEM concepts about circuits, programming, and engineering with the Tesla Kit
- Dream up and build infinite projects by combining electronics with the power of code
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Learn by Making
Introduce your kids to the awesome world of electronics and programming with a LightUp kit and the free LightUp Learning app
How LightUp Works
Snap together LightUp's magnetic blocks to build circuits on a table, whiteboard, or even a fridge. No soldering or wiring needed!
Download the free LightUp Learning iOS app for project ideas and personalized guidance.
Program your world
Program the microcontroller block in the Tesla Kit to create cool projects like a burglar alarm, musical instrument, and anything else you can imagine.
Learn with LightUp
Fun educational toy + Interactive mobile app
LightUp combines the best of both worlds by bringing together an engaging hands-on electronics platform with an interactive iOS mobile app. LightUp kits introduce key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) concepts, teaching kids how to explore their world with electronics and code.
Kids can build projects by snapping together magnetic circuit blocks, and then use the LightUp Learning app (for iPad and iPhone) to interactively learn important concepts. The app includes introductory projects to get started, with new project ideas added every week. LightUp Lens, the in-app augmented reality feature, helps kids out when things don't work, and even gives them X-ray vision by letting them see electricity flow!
Learn how to code with the Tesla Kit
The Tesla Kit empowers kids to build the projects only they can dream up. The power of code lets them take their projects to the next level. Perhaps a music box that plays their favorite song, or a burglar alarm that alerts them when an intruder enters their room. The LightUp Learning app teaches them how to program the included Arduino-based microcontroller block, which can be plugged in and programmed from any web browser.
Created by a Stanford teacher and engineer
LightUp was created by Josh, a teacher, and Tarun, an electrical engineer, who met at Stanford University while running educational workshops. They couldn't find a product that excited kids while teaching them the skills and concepts they'd need as the scientists, engineers, and innovators of the future. They decided to create the product they were looking for.
What's inside the Tesla Kit
- Rechargeable Battery
- Microcontroller (reprogrammable)
- Light Sensor
- Momentary Switch
- 5k Resistor
- Wire Blocks (7)
- Micro USB Cable
“What sets LightUp apart is the Augmented Reality (AR) features”
Brian McLaughlin, NASA engineer & GeekDad contributor
LightUp combines the best of both worlds by bringing together an engaging hands-on electronics platform with an interactive iOS mobile app. With the included Arduino-based microcontroller block, the LightUp Tesla Kit is perfect for kids ready to build awesome projects that combine electronics with code. The Tesla Kit contains everything needed to get started, but is also a great upgrade for those who already have the Edison Kit since all LightUp blocks are compatible with each other. With the power of code, the number of projects possible is only limited by a kid's imagination.
LightUp was founded when Josh, a teacher, and Tarun, an electrical engineer, met at Stanford University while running educational workshops. They couldn't find a product that excited kids while teaching them the skills and concepts they'd need as the scientists, engineers, and innovators of the future.
LightUp teaches kids how to explore their world with electronics and code. Kids can build exciting projects by snapping together magnetic circuit blocks, and then use the LightUp Learning app (for iPad and iPhone) to interactively learn important concepts. The app includes introductory projects to get started, with new project ideas added every week. Lightup Lens, the in-app augmented reality feature, helps kids out when things don't work, and even gives them X-ray vision by letting them see electricity flow!
The LightUp Tesla Kit empowers kids to build the projects only they can dream up. The LightUp Learning app teaches them how to code the included Arduino-based microcontroller block, which can be plugged in and programmed from any web browser. With the Tesla Kit, kids can build a burglar alarm, musical instrument, TV remote, and more.
LightUp blocks included: Rechargeable Battery, Microcontroller, Speaker, Light Sensor, Momentary Switch, 5k Resistor, Wire blocks (7), Micro USB Cable.
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with that said, i had to leave this product a 3 of 5 starts. this is due to the difficulty i had setting up the app for the first time. this micro-controller takes some steps to get running, and i imagine this would be easy for most cases. however, for whatever reason, i could not get the controller to connect to my PC running windows 8.1. i have emailed support and they responded right away. because of this, i would not recommend this product to anyone without a little technical skills to get it working.
Simple components set into a piece big enough that little hands can easily manage them without losing them
Components connect to each other magnetically so no dealing with wires, soldering irons,etc
Parts can be easily swapped to make different circuits
Children can learn about input/output, action and reaction and the way circuits work in simple terms
All of these without having to connect to the app, or going to the computer
The website shows different projects that can be done with the components in the set, plus more advanced projects with the programming kit and even shows some parts not yet available (we must have the color spinner and the force sensor, stat!).
There is also a community site where people can upload circuits that they created using the components.
It can also be connected to a programming website to further challenge older children
Limited pieces makes for limited play, even with the app
This set is more enjoyable if you already have the Edison set, as it gives more pieces to play with
Full extent of activity can only be enjoyed if connected to the computer for the programming piece (but this is kid of expected, as it is a "learn to program" kit.
I downloaded the the Android app, but couldn't get it to start on my phone
The ios app may have worked on my spouse's phone, but we're out of memory, so the app froze before we couldn't play with it. (our fault, but I felt it was useful to know)
I wish that some projects had been included in the box with the components, it would have made for an faster start for kids.
The website project instructions only work properly in Firefox (which is available free of charge, but another step for anyone who just wants to open the box and start playing right away.
I think the instructions for the programming might be a bit too complex reading-wise for an 8 yo to understand on her own, even on the simplest project, and might be somewhat difficult for an adult not technically inclined, as well.
I also feel that some of the programming steps could be further explained (i.e. component is attached to INPUT2, and the coding specifies INPUT2, but could it work as well if the component was attached to INPUT3, if the coding specified INPUT3? Maybe having the user explore the options is part of the point... I do wonder if each input on the MCU might have a different function... I guess I need to play with it some more :)
I will be printing the project slides from the website and include it in the box for my kids to get started right away when they open them Christmas morning. I hope the Android app is fixed by then so the kids can move on to it to prolong the enjoyment.
For the future, I wish that duplicate components be available in extension kits, and different input/output components be made available. It is a bit pricey, but it is nice and convenient to not have to deal with tiny components, circuit boards and soldering irons, or breadboards, and allowing my children to explore the toy with their own hands. I suspect the programming piece will need a bit more hands-on from me, but I'm ok with this.
This toy has the potential to become a best selling toy, in my opinion. I just hope my kids like it as much as I do.