Can You Build a Genius Light? A Fun Way to Teach Electronics to Kids

Are your kids interested in how things work? Do they get excited about electronics, electricity, circuits, and lights? Would they like to build their own electronic devices? I have a super fun way to teach electronics to kids to share with you. EEME sent us the Genuis Light project kit to review. Check out our experience below.

Can you build a genius light? Here's a fun way to teach electronics to kids!

A Fun Way to Teach Electronics to Kids

Aiden (age 6) has been interested in circuits and electronics for a while now. We had been thinking about getting him a breadboard and other supplies to tinker. When EEME asked to send us one of their projects, I jumped at the chance. Each of their project kits comes with online lessons that teach you how to assemble the kit and learn how it works. It is an awesome introduction to electronics as it walks you through everything step by step. The lessons ask questions along the way to see if you’re truly understanding.

The Genius Light Project Kit

The project kit comes with a base, a breadboard, a battery pack, batteries, wires, resistors, an LED, and a photoresistor.

genius light supplies

Start by adding the breadboard and battery pack to the base.

adding breadboard

Follow the video direction for creating a simple LED circuit on the breadboard. We found it helpful to pause the video to complete a step and then continue watching. I watched everything along with Aiden, but he worked on it all himself. There were a couple times he needed help putting in the short resistors, but that was it.

Make a simple LED circuit with a breadboard.

Turn on the battery and watch the LED light up!

Make a simple LED circuit with a breadboard.

Next, the lesson walks you through making changes to the circuit. What happens if you put this wire here or add an extra resistor? Will the LED still light up? Will it be dimmer?

After exploring simple circuits for a while, the lesson continues with building the genius light circuit. Basically, you add a photoresistor to the circuit that causes the LED to light up when it is dark and dim when it is light. This is how most night lights in your bedroom work. There is a light sensor that affects how the circuit works.

Can you build a genius light? Here's a fun way to teach electronics to kids!

Aiden thought this was the coolest project. The estimated project build time is 1.5 – 2.5 hours. We worked through the whole thing in one sitting in about 1.5 hours. When we were finished, Aiden was ready to build some more. We’re excited for our next project.

Head over to EEME’s website and check out their free electronics lessons in addition to their paid project kits and subscriptions.

Be Inspired by a Book

There are two books that we’ve read recently that go perfectly with learning about electronics. Amazon affiliate links are included below.

Night Lights by Susan Gal works especially well with the Genius Light project. The Genius Light is exactly how a night light in your room works. Reading this book opens up great conversations about the different types of lights we see. How many of them are electronics based? How many of them have circuits and wires? Are there different types of light bulbs and power sources? The Night Lights book is relatively simplistic – it just names different types of lights you see at night and shows pictures of each one. I still think the book holds merit to inspire questions. My son enjoyed the book although my husband thought it was too simple.

Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta is an interesting look at Ben Franklin’s inventions. It compares things we use today with Franklin’s original version. It talks about Franklin’s lightning rod and compares it to today’s electricity. What will you invent?

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