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Snap Circuits PRO SC-500 Electronics Discovery Kit

4.7 out of 5 stars 276 customer reviews
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  • AWARDS: The National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr Toy 100 Best Children's Products, Dr Toy Best Educational Products
  • Contains over 75 Snap-Together parts Build over 500 exciting projects
  • Clear and concise Illustrated Manual Included and Available Online
  • Build 500 experiments
  • AWARDS: The National Parenting Center-Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products, Dr Toy Best Educational Products
  • Contains over 75 Snap-Together parts. Build over 500 exciting projects.
  • Clear and concise Illustrated Manual Included and Available Online.
  • Build 500 experiments.
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Here's a fun and engaging way to learn how gizmos and gadgets work. This Snap Circuits Deluxe kit builds more than 500 projects. A Dr. Toy Winner for the top 100 best children's products, it has easy-to-identify, color-coded parts and teaches electronic circuits through practical applications. Kids can create their own experiments and games, or build their own digital voice recorder, AM radio, digitally tuned FM radio, AC generator, screaming fan, whistle switch and much more.

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Give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits PRO SC-500. This innovative kit contains over 70 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children 8 and older, this set offers 511 do-it-yourself projects that will give your child an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work.

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Snap Circuits Pro SC-500
At a Glance:

Age: 8 years and up

Requirements: 4 AA batteries (not included)

Warranty: Warranted against manufacturer's defects

Available Upgrade Kit:

UC-80: Upgrades to SC-750
UC-100: Upgrades to SCM-400
AC-SNAP: Battery replacement kit
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Snap Circuits PRO SC-500

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Create Working Electronic Circuits
Snap Circuits comes with over 70 pieces to create 511 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, slide switches, resistors, an FM radio module, and a 7-segment LED display, snap together easily on the included plastic grid--no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices.

Simple, Fun Projects Let Kids Learn While They Play
With its easy-to-follow instructions, Snap Circuits gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits run the everyday devices that they're familiar with. They'll also gain valuable lessons in building and in following instructions. The project manuals include large color illustrations and simple directions for each project.

The project list includes all of the projects from the 100-in-1 and 300-in-1 kits and 206 additional projects, including a music meter, an FM radio, and a digital voice recorder. With these projects, children will learn about electric switches, integrated circuits, digital circuits, fuses, and more.

Grow as You Go
Because the projects are arranged in order of complexity, kids can build on their skills as they progress through the manual. The lessons start out with a simple electric light and switch project that demonstrates how electricity is turned on and off with a switch. Further along, kids can put together a music alarm, different visual displays, an adjustable light control, and more.

Design Your Own Circuits and Upgrade Your Kit
Once children have mastered several of the techniques introduced in this kit, they can use the components to experiment and create their own customized circuits and electronic devices. The Snap Circuits PRO SC-500 can also be upgraded to the Snap Circuits Extreme (SC-750) or the Snap-Micro I Standard (SCM-400) with the purchase of a UC-80 or UC-100 upgrade kit, respectively. Kids will enjoy additional parts, manuals, and projects that'll take their kit--and their fun--to the next level.

Snap Circuits PRO SC-500 requires four AA batteries, which are not included.

What's in the Box
Plastic snap-grid, 76 electrical components, and 3 project manuals.


Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Snap Circuits SC-300 Snap Circuits Pro SC-500 Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750
Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100
  • Build over 100 projects
  • Contains over 30 parts
  • Snap Circuits SC-300
  • Build over 300 projects
  • Contains over 60 parts
  • Snap Circuits Pro SC-500
  • Build over 500 projects
  • Contains over 75 parts
  • Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750
  • Build over 750 projects
  • Contains over 80 parts


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    Product Dimensions 7.7 x 6 x 0.8 inches
    Item Weight 4.1 pounds
    Shipping Weight 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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    ASIN B00008W73Z
    Item model number SC-500
    Manufacturer recommended age 8 - 10 years
    Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
    Best Sellers Rank #12,430 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
    #18 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Electronics
    #30 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Physics
    Customer Reviews
    4.7 out of 5 stars 276 customer reviews

    4.7 out of 5 stars

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    From the Manufacturer

    Junior Original Pro Extreme Power Converter
    Style SC-100 SC-300 SC-500 SC-750 ACSNAP
    # Projects 100+ 300+ 500+ 750+ FOR ALL SC KITS
    # Snap Modules 30+ 60+ 75+ 80+ 2
    Upgrade to SC-300 UC-30 - - - 3 Volt
    Upgrade to SC-500 UC-40 UC-50 - - 5 Volt
    Upgrade to SC-750 UC-60 UC-70 UC-80 - 6 Volt
    Beginner Light Sound Motion Arcade
    Style SCB-20 SCL-175 SCS-185 SCM-165 SCA-200
    # Parts 12+ 55+ 40+ 50+ 35+
    # Projects 20+ 175+ 185+ 165+ 200+
    5 and up 8 and up 8 and up 8 and up 8 and up

    Important Information

    Safety Warning
    Choking Hazard: Contains small parts.Not for children under 3 years of age.

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    Customer Reviews

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    By Eric Verwillow on February 27, 2006
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    I just played with this (Snap Circuits Junior) for the first time and came looking to buy one for my kids.

    In response to the person who said the manuals have errors, see the web site [...] (and also [...] as mentioned below.) In particular there is a page that gives corrections to all the manuals: [...] .

    Another concern I had is which kit to buy: Junior, Pro, etc.? On the snapcircuits web site they have a price list for replacement parts and upgrade kits. For the difference in price between the kits you can upgrade from one to the next so this takes some of the worry about of the purchase (for me at least). [...]
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    Very much to the manufacturer's credit, the manuals that come with most Snapz products are online as pdf files. See [...] and click "User Manuals."

    If you examine the manuals for this "Snapz Pro" product -- which is apparently called the SC-500 on the manufacturer site -- you will find that the entertainment value should be fairly high, there are a lot of whizzy gimmicks you can build. However the educational value -- in terms of learning anything whatever about electronics -- is about zero. All you do is match the color and shape of the components to a picture and snap them together. There is no attempt to differentiate the components other than by color and shape -- the relative meanings and functions of, for example, a "resistor" versus a "capacitor" versus an "FM radio chip" are simply not explained. It's just so many brightly colored units that are to be connected in a directed pattern.

    The projects are not graded from simple to complex, the first ones in the manual are quite elaborate but simpler ones appear later on.

    The same company also offers electronic training courses using the same components but with teaching manuals that are graded from simple to complex and do teach the meanings of the components, but this is not one of those.
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    My eight year old son loves this toy, BUT...

    The book is full of errors. I'm afraid that a child would quickly become frustrated without someone around to troubleshoot the mistakes. I estimate that about 50% of the projects contain some sort of error. They're all minor problems, but the projects won't work until they are corrected.

    It's really amazing how many different kinds of problems seem to crop up. Examples are: Missing parts from diagram, wrong parts specified, circuits that no longer "fit" together because mechanical design was changed, some component values seem to have been changed causing some circuits to need adjustment, some illustrations make it impossible to tell which component they are using, etc. The manufacturer just needs to sit down and build each circuit and update the book.

    I should stress, once again, that my son and I love this toy. If you have the necessary skills, you should definitely get it. It's just not something you can give a kid and walk away from.
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    This is a great toy! It is very educational, the direction books are easy to follow (our kids needed a 30 minute lesson before we left them on their own to make their discoveries), the snaps are a super idea (some of the other electronic sets I looked at which required twisting wires together), and it is FUN!

    We gave it to our 8 year old for his birthday and he has been playing it ever since. His 10 year old brother is very jealous and wakes up early in the morning so he can play with it before his brother wakes up, however the experiments can get a bit noisy so he ends up waking all of us up with them. They both love showing off what they have made to us and their friends and they are learning about how electricity works.

    Due to the nature of the toy a few of the pieces (such as light bulbs) have potential to break if not cared for properly so be sure when kids are finished playing with the set they put them away properly so they don't get stepped on.
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    This is definitely a fun and creative toy, and by this virtue alone, it might be worth buying. That said, for a kit aimed at older children (8+ years), it disappoints when it comes to the educational value.

    The included project booklets do virtually nothing to explain the principles of electronics, in even the most rudimentary terms - be it in a fashion that could be understood by a kid, or relayed by an adult. You are simply told to stack color-coded blocks in a particular order; the blocks are frequently not even called by their proper names, and their function in the circuit is your best guess. You will be hard-pressed to find proper schematics for these circuits, too.

    The other problem is that the choice of electronic components in the kit seems relatively uninspiring. You get just one NPN transistor, one PNP variant, and maybe five resistors - not that much to experiment with. At the same time, you have no fewer than three different "mystery" IC modules that make funny sounds (!); one completely self-contained voice recorder module; and one self-contained FM radio, with integral "scan" and "reset" buttons. The internals of these boxes are not discussed, and the educational value of hooking them up to a battery is kinda comparable to that of putting batteries in an MP3 player. You do it and the thing comes to life, but you don't really know why - or what's inside.

    Because the number of general-purpose electronic components in the kit is fairly low (~30), you probably should calibrate your expectations accordingly.
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