Creation Crate (https://www.creationcrate.com), a subscription box service aimed at ages 12 and up, that helps kids learn to build real-world electronics.
The Creation Crate curriculum focuses on introducing new concepts every month that build on the concepts learned from the months before. The projects are designed to increase in difficulty each month in order to be fluent in the language of technology by the end of the 24 month curriculum. Projects range from building a mood lamp, to a memory game focused on programming, to learning how to input a distance reading from an ultrasonic sensor.
Unlike other technology subscription boxes, Creation Crate uses raw electronic components, offering real-world skills. These boxes are also truly beginner friendly with no previous experience needed. While other boxes teach using intimidating technical lingo, Creation Crate doesn’t. Creation Crate subscriptions start at $30 a month, with available 3, 6 or 12 month packages to choose from.
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Cassandra's Review- I think that no matter what skill level your child has, with your help this can be a great project as well as something fun you can do together. Because of the components I would stay with the recommended age range.
One problem we had was that after the project was built there is a section to go online and actually program it to work through a website, also downloading the site as well as giving it access to your computer, and my kids kind of wanted to give up.
I think if you had a project that works when it is put together, it would have been more rewarding and fun because even though I understand it is important for kids to learn programming, some have special needs or lower skill levels and can not do that easily, so as a parent you might want to do it for them, or not want to finish it either. It was like a disappointing last step process.
For my family we did not get to finish the project, but the building of the hardware was really neat.