It is British Science Week this week, and we are really excited to be given the opportunity to review John Adams' Hot Wires! It is a very cool science kit that allows children 8 years and above to build their own working electronics at home, and since Abby has always wanted to be a scientist (an engineer who designs cool tech things to be more specific), this kit is perfect for her.
Me and hubby are equally excited because we have been doing this at school (you can do this at home?!), and hubby has been doing this for even longer as he has an electronic engineering background.
|I adore these light bulbs, and I don't even know why!|
All the parts are very well made and wires are well covered, so they are very safe for the kids to handle. Do make sure that batteries are only inserted after the whole circuit is built, just to be safe, and it should be done by an adult (safety information are printed in big letters on the front page, which adults should go through with the children)
The kit comes with some very interesting parts, including but not limited to:
Touch sensor, switches, Photo Resistor, LED lights and normal light bulbs (I don't even know why I'm so excited about these, but I am!) Plastic Spinner (the kids' favourite part), sound units and speaker, and microphone.
This is like a toy for adults! Hubby was all over it and said that if Abby ever gets bored of it, he'll claim it! No chance babe, because both Abby and Clay are really interested in the experiments.
|Touch plate to activate the circuit.|
|Abby's first experiment|
These were all built by Abby, and she was really amused! Technically she should be doing the experiments in order, because they teaches how things work through easy to more complicated experiments, but she and her daddy were too eager to try out the more complicated experiments, especially those that involves the special parts! It's very nice to see them bond together though, and hubby can tell her a bit more about what he knows as well (you don't really need an engineer to do this with the child, instructions and explanations are very clear)
As experiments involve electric current, sometimes parts might break, but you can buy replaceable parts from John Adams' website so the Hot Wires kit can basically last for as long as you want. For adults who know exactly what they are doing, they can probably use this kit to build something even more complicated.
Although Hot Wires is a bit more expensive than other children science kits (it's currently £41.48 on Amazon UK), it's worth every penny because it's mess free (very important to me!), it is a proper electronics building set, it's very educational and the best medium children at this age can use to understand how electronics work. It can last year after year and pass along to other siblings who are also interested in experiments, so I really can't fault this kit at all. In fact, we think that schools can do with a few sets themselves to teach young children all about electronics.
Thank you again John Adams for this fantastic opportunity!