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      The best way to learn electronics depends on your own personal learning style. Some people don't like starting anything without a thorough understanding of the underlying theory. The best starting point for this kind of learner is usually a good book such as those listed under Recommended Electronics Books in this section or in our complete Books section. Other people, especially kids, need to see results more quickly in order to remain motivated. For this kind of learner consider one of the activity kits in this section or the Learning Robotics section. Because motivation is so important, lots of beginners successfully start learning by building a robot kit or electronic kit that interests them. While formal learning is necessary in the long run, a good book doesn't teach anything if it just sits on a shelf. Don't be afraid to jump straight into our Robotics kits or Electronic Kits if that's what it takes to get you started.
      Activity Kits for Kids
       
      While younger kids generally aren't ready to learn much electronic theory, that doesn't mean that they can't start learning basic concepts and vocabulary. These kits are easy and fun to put together and produce devices that are fun to play with. Even after the device gets pushed to the back of the closet, your child will remeber that they can actually build and fix things themselves instead of being a passive consumer. Some parental guidance and help to read the entire manual is needed to make these kits a truly educational activity.
       
       

      Picture of productSnap Circuits Music Box Kit



      Catalog number: 4207. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-04.

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      4207 Add To CartSnap Circuits Music Box Kit$15.95 In Stock

       
       

      Picture of productSnap Circuits Space Battle Kit



      Catalog number: 4208. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-05.

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      4208 Add To CartSnap Circuits Space Battle Kit$15.95 In Stock

       
       

       Snap Circuits Electromagnetism



      Compare an electromagnet to a normal magnet! Have lots of fun while learning about electricity and magnetism. Easy-to-use, and will make kids smarter. Catalog number: 4626. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-08.

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      4626 Add To CartSnap Circuits Electromagnetism$16.50 In Stock

       
       

      Picture of productSnap Circuits Flying Saucer Kit



      Catalog number: 4209. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-06.

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      4209 Add To CartSnap Circuits Flying Saucer Kit$16.50 In Stock

       
       

      Picture of productSnap Circuits Water Clock



      Catalog number: 4776. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-07.

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      4776 Add To CartSnap Circuits Water Clock$16.50 In Stock

       
       

      Picture of productAM/FM Radio Kit



      This kit contains everything you need to build your own AM/FM radio. Its easy, fun and safe. The easy-to-read Illustrated manual shows you how to build the radio and explains the basics of radio theory. Can be the start of a great science fair project. Catalog number: 1014. Brand: Maxitronic. Brand's Part Number: MX-901AF. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      Picture of productMotor & Generator Kit



      This kit contains everything you need to build a working electric generator and motor. While building you will learn how these basic electric components work and practice your mechanical building skills with basic hand tools. The two kits can then be used together to conduct a number of simple experiments. Can be the start of a great science fair project. Catalog number: 1073. Brand: Maxitronic. Brand's Part Number: MX-902T. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 10+.

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      1073 Add To CartMotor & Generator Kit$22.99 In Stock

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      Picture of productSnap Circuits Musical Recorder Kit



      Snap Circuits Musical Recorder Catalog number: 4205. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-01.

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      4205 Add To CartSnap Circuits Musical Recorder KitRetail Price: $26.95
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      Picture of productSnap Circuits FM Radio Kit



      Catalog number: 4206. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-02.

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      4206 Add To CartSnap Circuits FM Radio Kit$26.95 In Stock

       
       

      Picture of productSnap Circuits Motion Detector Kit



      Build your own motion detector, and whenever somebody walks in front of it, the sound of a laser comes out of the speaker and a red light flashes! Build different circuits with electronic blocks that snap onto a clear plastic base grid. 6 additional circuit projects can be done with this kit:
      • Siren Motion Detector
      • Alarm Motion Detector
      • Police Car
      • Fire Engine
      • Machine Gun
      • European Siren
      The colorful, step-by-step instructions make these electronic experiments simple to build and use. Requires one 9V battery (not included). Catalog number: 4063. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-03. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4063 Add To CartSnap Circuits Motion Detector Kit$26.95 In Stock

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      Picture of productMagnetic Science from Thames & Kosmos



      Explore the Invisible Force of Magnetism

      Explore the invisible and amazing power of magnets with 33 engaging experiments and games. This science experiment kit contains many magnets of different shapes and sizes, and a variety of other components with which you can explore this classic scientific subject. Catalog number: 4739. Brand: Thames & Kosmos. Brand's Part Number: 665050. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4739 Add To CartMagnetic Science$32.95 In Stock

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      Picture of productMotor & Generator Kit from Thames & Kosmos



      Build Your Own Electric Motor

      Electric motors and generators are in countless devices, appliances, and vehicles we use every day. They are an essential technology in our modern world. With this kit, you can conduct 25 experiments to learn how an electric motor converts electricity into motion, and how an electric generator does just the opposite, converting motion into electricity. Catalog number: 4738. Brand: Thames & Kosmos. Brand's Part Number: 665036. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4738 Add To CartMotor & Generator Kit$32.95 In Stock

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      Picture of productAction Kit Lab



      This kit contains everything you need to build a working electric generator, motor, bell and meter. While building you will learn how these basic electric components work and practice your mechanical building skills with basic hand tools. The four kits can then be used together to conduct a number of simple experiments. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Can be the start of a great science fair project. Catalog number: 1012. Brand: Maxitronic. Brand's Part Number: MX-902.

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      1012 Add To CartAction Kit Lab$39.99 In Stock

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       Snaptricity



      Catalog number: 4922. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCBE-75. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4922 Add To CartSnaptricity$42.95 In Stock

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       Snap Circuits Green



      Catalog number: 4885. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCG-125. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4885 Add To CartSnap Circuits Green$79.95 In Stock

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      Picture of productRC SNAP ROVER



      A build it yourself, educational non-soldering model kit (over 30 colorful parts that snap together). With the wireless , 27MHz multi-channel remote control, you can navigate your finished Snap Rover to the left and right, forward and backwards. Operating LED headlight; red and blue side lights. Sound effects. Pre-assembled Rover body. The clear side frames allow you to view the colorful moving gears. The R/C receiver is a specialized radio circuit with a channel switch that allow you to race up to 3 Snap Rovers at the same time. If you have Snap Circuits Snap Circuits SC-300 you can also build a Night Sound Rover, Six Function R/C, and R/C Motor with this kit. Full color assembly manual with over 20 projects! Catalog number: 4067. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCROV-10. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4067 Add To CartRC SNAP ROVERRetail Price: $89.95
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       Snap Circuit LIGHT



      Catalog number: 4953. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCL-175. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4953 Add To CartSnap Circuit LIGHT$84.95 In Stock

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      Picture of productSnap Circuits SC-300 w/ Computer Interface



      This is a really fun kit that lets kids snap circuits together before they have the fine motors skills and attention span needed for either soldering or solderless breadboards. Most kids really enjoy the ability to make their own circuits that buzz, light up, whirl or send flying saucers into the air.

      These are also great demonstration devices for teachers introducing basic electronic theory. Many students get lost in the translation from neat schematic diagrams to the wire maze of normal circuit building. With this kit you can build and demonstrate circuits that physically look like the schematic before proceeding to messy breadboarding.

      Contains over 60 parts. Build over 300 exciting projects. Catalog number: 4947. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SC-300S. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4947 Add To CartSnap Circuits SC-300 w/ Computer Interface$86.95 In Stock

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      Picture of productDeluxe RC SNAP ROVER



      Have FUN building your own RC Snap RoverTM using the colorful Snap Circuits parts that come with this kit. There is no soldering required as all the parts snap together with ease. Once completed, you will be able to navigate your surroundings with the easy-to-use Snap RoverTM remote control. Catalog number: 4317. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCROV-50. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4317 Add To CartDeluxe RC SNAP ROVER$109.95 In Stock

       
       

      Picture of productSnap Circuits Pro SC-500 w/ Computer Interface



      This is a really fun kit that lets kids snap circuits together before they have the fine motors skills and attention span needed for either soldering or solderless breadboards. Most kids really enjoy the ability to make their own circuits that buzz, light up, whirl or send flying saucers into the air.

      These are also great demonstration devices for teachers introducing basic electronic theory. Many students get lost in the translation from neat schematic diagrams to the wire maze of normal circuit building. With this kit you can build and demonstrate circuits that physically look like the schematic before proceeding to messy breadboarding.

      Pro Version - Contains over 75 parts including voice recording IC, FM radio module, analog meter, transformer, relay, and 7-segment LED display. Build over 500 experiments. Catalog number: 4948. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SC-500S. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      4948 Add To CartSnap Circuits Pro SC-500 w/ Computer Interface$119.95 In Stock

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      Activity Kits for Teens and Adults
       
      These kits consist of a bag of parts and a book of instructions for building a wide variety of electronic circuits. Even if you just follow the pictures and assemble the circuits you will learn the basic vocabulary of electronics, learn how to identify basic electronic components and get some basic building experience. By carefully reading the manual as you work, you can get a good overview of electronic theory. These kits emphasize hands-on activity more than teaching theory, so for deeper knowledge they should be accompanied or followed by studying one of the books in our Recommended Electronics Books category.
       
       

       Basic Electronic Components



      This kit contains over 45 common electronic and hardware components and a short pamphlet that describes each component including its basic purpose, construction and identifying marks. This is a great orientation to electronics components for someone who wants to jump into electronic kit building. Catalog number: 1667. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: ECK-10. 24 pages.

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      1667 Add To CartBasic Electronic Components$11.95 In Stock

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      Picture of productSoldering Training Kit: Siren Project



      Soldering is an essential skill if you want to build or repair your own electronic circuits. This kit provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to soldering for electronics. It includes a printed manual that that explains soldering theory and practice and shows how to identify the most commonly used electronic components. The kits includes a nicely made printed circuit board (PCB) and all the components needed to build an electronic siren as your first soldering project.

      The kit includes a tube of solder and a strip of desoldering braid. You need to provide your own soldering iron, such as Basic Soldering Tool Set or Solder Wick, and a 9v battery such as Alkaline 9v Battery - Pack of 1. Catalog number: 2080. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SP-1A. 16 pages.

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      2080 Add To CartSoldering Training Kit: Siren Project$12.95 In Stock

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      Picture of productSoldering Training Kit: Blinking LEDs Project



      Soldering is an essential skill if you want to build or repair your own electronic circuits. This kit provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to soldering for electronics. It includes a printed manual that that explains soldering theory and practice and shows how to identify the most commonly used electronic components. The kits includes a nicely made printed circuit board (PCB) and all the components needed to build a blinking LED circuit as your first soldering project.

      The kit includes a tube of solder and a strip of desoldering braid. You need to provide your own soldering iron, such as Basic Soldering Tool Set or Solder Wick, and a 9v battery such as Alkaline 9v Battery - Pack of 1. Catalog number: 2102. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SP-3B. 16 pages.

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      Picture of productSoldering Training Kit: Siren Project w/ Iron and Cutters



      Soldering is an essential skill if you want to build or repair your own electronic circuits. This kit provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to soldering for electronics. It includes a printed manual that that explains soldering theory and practice and shows how to identify the most commonly used electronic components. The kits includes a nicely made printed circuit board (PCB) and all the components needed to build an electronic siren as your first soldering project.

      The kit includes a tube of solder and a strip of desoldering braid. You need to provide your own soldering iron, such as Basic Soldering Tool Set or Solder Wick, and a 9v battery such as Alkaline 9v Battery - Pack of 1. Catalog number: 4799. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: AK-100. 16 pages.

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      4799 Add To CartSoldering Training Kit: Siren Project w/ Iron and Cutters$19.99 In Stock

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      Picture of productSMT Soldering Training Kit: Decision Maker Project



      Soldering is an essential skill if you want to build or repair your own electronic circuits. The latest electronics components utilize Surface Mount Technology (SMT) to reduce circuit size by putting componments in tiny packages with minimal soldering surface. This kit provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to manual SMT soldering. It includes a printed manual that that explains soldering theory and practice and shows how to identify the most commonly used electronic components. The kits includes a nicely made printed circuit board (PCB) and all the components needed to build an electronic decision maker as your first surface mount soldering project.

      The kit includes a tube of solder and a strip of desoldering braid. You need to provide your own soldering iron, such as Basic Soldering Tool Set or Solder Wick, and a 9v battery such as Alkaline 9v Battery - Pack of 1. Catalog number: 2103. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SM-200K. 16 pages.

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      2103 Add To CartSMT Soldering Training Kit: Decision Maker Project$24.95 In Stock

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      Picture of product50-in-1 Electronics Playground



      Learn basic electronic by building real circuits. This kit uses the spring-clip method for attaching all components, so the only loose parts are strips of wire. Catalog number: 4437. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: EP-50. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 10+.

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      4437 Add To Cart50-in-1 Electronics Playground$24.99 In Stock

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      Picture of productBasic Electronics Experiments Kit w/Breadboard and Parts



      This is a great little kit to get you started learning about electronics. It includes a 72 page manual which describes the theory and application of each component and provides 50 experiments to show how these components are used in practical circuits. The kit includes a solderless Bredblox for assembling your circuits and all the resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors and other components needed for the experiments. The experiments include: Electronic Keyboard, Water alarm, finger touch lamp, electronic kazoo, battery tester, magnetic bridge, voltmeter, Morse code and a lot more. Catalog number: 1019. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: PK-101B.

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      1019 Add To CartBasic Electronics Experiments Kit w/Breadboard and Parts$29.99 In Stock

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      Picture of productThe Dangerous Book for Boys: Essential Electronics from Thames & Kosmos



      Based on the bestselling childrens book The Dangerous Book for Boys, this kit presents electronics every kid should know through fun, engaging, and impressive experiments and activities. Catalog number: 4620. Brand: Thames & Kosmos. Brand's Part Number: 600002. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      Picture of productElectronics Learning Circuits from Thames & Kosmos



      Construct circuits with colorful electric building blocks to learn about electricity and how electronic devices work. With the innovative snap-together blocks in the ElectronX building system, children eight and up can safely and easily begin experimenting with electronic circuits. Catalog number: 4733. Brand: Thames & Kosmos. Brand's Part Number: 615819. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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      Picture of product130-in-1 Electronics Playground



      Learn basic electronic by building real circuits. This kit uses the spring-clip method for attaching all components, so the only loose parts are strips of wire. Catalog number: 4438. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: EP-130. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 12+.

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      Picture of productElectricity & Magnetism from Thames & Kosmos



      Conduct more than 60 electrifying experiments with circuits and magnetic contraptions to learn about electricity and magnetism, and how these two fundamental properties are closely related. Children eight and up can safely and easily experiment with electric current and magnetic fields using the colorful snap-together blocks and components in this hands-on kit. Catalog number: 4734. Brand: Thames & Kosmos. Brand's Part Number: 620417. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 8+.

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       200-in-1 Electronics Lab



      This lab includes a solderless breadboard, dozens of electronic components and an easy-to-read, illustrated, lab-style manual demonstrating 300 exciting electronic projects using both digital and analog circuits.

      Projects include: building a radio, AM broadcast station, burglar alarm, electronic game, ohmmeter, telegraph, rain detector, sound effects, and so much more!

      This is a great learning kit to get you started designing and building your own circuits. Once you finish the exercises, you can continue to use the kit indefinitely as a handy prototyping tool for testing circuits you design or discover in books or on the WEB. Catalog number: 4976. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: MX-907. The manufacturer recommends this product for ages 10+.

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      Picture of product300-in-1 Electronics Lab



      This lab includes a solderless breadboard, dozens of electronic components and an easy-to-read, illustrated, lab-style manual demonstrating 300 exciting electronic projects using both digital and analog circuits.

      Projects include: transistor radio, multiple counter, rain detector, organ, digital light dimmer, voltage drop alarm, burglar alarm, tone burst generator, logic checker, delayed timer, audio signal tracer, function generator, electronic game, electronic candle, voltage controlled amplifier, optical Volume, Voice level meter and many, many more!

      This is a great learning kit to get you started designing and building your own circuits. Once you finish the exercises, you can continue to use the kit indefinitely as a handy prototyping tool for testing circuits you design or discover in books or on the WEB. Catalog number: 1006. Brand: Maxitronic. Brand's Part Number: MX-908.

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