We tested out two products from Microduino: mPie circuitry kit and Itty Bitty City 8 in 1 kit. Here is what we think about them.
Brayden tested mPie. He wrote: mPie is an educational circuit kit for anyone who is interested in learning about circuitry and wants to understand energy, physics and more. It is very simple to use, although the directions were slightly confusing at first. If you take your time and read carefully, you can figure them out eventually. mPie is a traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) kit. It includes seven educational projects for circuitry. The kit will capture a kid’s attention for a long span of time, and it requires kids to think carefully. It contains connectable building blocks with magnetic modules that make assembling a project a snap! As you work through each level, you will want to work harder to reach the next one. It will encourage a kid 7 years and older to want to become an engineer or a technician.
Rating: 4.5 smiles out of 5
Noah tested Itty Bitty City 8 in 1. He wrote: Itty Bitty City is like a computer-based Lego project. The game is supposed to be for kids 8 and up, but I think that it is better for 12- to 15-year-olds. It is very challenging to figure out how to put all of the wires in the computer chips. You have to use computer drives to make a functioning object and then design it with Legos. Then you turn on all the computer chips and watch it work its magic. I built the basketball court and it didn’t work. I was very upset, but I tried again, and it did work the second time.
Rating: 3 smiles out of 5
Eileen DeCarmine’s fifth-grade class, Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School, Miller Place