When we had our earlier kit, Explore Electronics, we sent out bare electronics so kids were using the real thing. But the feedback was that it’s hard for kids to twist wires, and we know that after you’ve added a resistor and LED you’re already getting a wiry tangle.
We considered breadboards but they’re not an easy next step. Soldering stuff isn’t always the answer and doesn’t work well for schools. Our new Tinker Tiles have the bare component on them, the name of the bit and the symbol. Our ‘keyholes’ on the tile allow a child to wrap wire firmly in place and then screw down onto our baseboard.
The first thing they do is make a battery box – so we’re starting with the basics (fan, motor) and then you’ll be able to buy add on tile packs to extend the learning! A key feature of our system is that you can take the learning off the base board. Use wires as long as you like to hook up a bedside light or attach a fan to a boat you’ve made.
Update Nov 27th: We had this description on our website for a while but after testing our product, we weren’t convinced that it’s “just right”. We’ve decided not to release it until we think it’s excellent value, premium learning and jolly fun to make. So , more details to come – join our mailing list or follow our Facebook for this, it’s going to be good.