Thursday, August 16, 2012

Eitech Solar Kit Review

I have a daughter who loves to build things and do anything scientific.  She is nine years old, but she is very much a tomboy.  To give you a clue of her scientific ability, she tells everyone that she wants to be a paleontologist when she grows up (and she has been saying that since she was about five or six).  She loves Legos and any kind of building blocks.

I was so glad to discover the company Eitech.  They specialize in educational construction sets that concentrate on the science of engineering. They have beginner products (age four) all the way up to more advanced sets that feature solar, experimental, etc. that are suitable for children ages eight and up.  The kits are manufactured in Germany (hence the unusual name).

I took a risk and chose the solar kit for my daughter.  It is recommended for ages eight and up, and I want to emphasize the "up" part!  This is not the kind of project that you can sit down and put together in one afternoon.  To make things easier, we separated out the pieces, and we put them on a big, hard book.
You can see the manual in the picture as well.  This is a bit overwhelming.  The directions are in German and English.  There is a picture code in the back so you can categorize all the pieces.  And the instruction manual is shown entirely through diagrams.  That is something I don't like about it.  I like having the drawings along with words, but that is just the way I am.

My daughter and I are taking this little by little.  Honestly, she could do it basically by herself, but she has little confidence in her abilities.  She is always afraid of making a mistake.  I think as we work on this more and more, she will gain confidence.  We are only working on a couple of steps per day--otherwise, we would both get overwhelmed.  We had the choice of putting together the helicopter or airplane, and she chose the airplane.  So by the end of September, maybe we'll have a completed project.  If you have someone in your family who is mechanically minded, this should be a breeze.  I am not, but I am still able to do it.

The thing I like best about this product is that my child will not outgrow it any time soon.  Legos are something that she is already almost past.  But this is something that would still engage her even as a teenager.  It is also something that you and your child can work on together.  I can hardly wait to see what the end result will be.  Let's hope I can get it all together!

In addition to checking out this company on their website, be sure to check them out on facebook and twitter.  You are sure to be glad you did!

Be sure to check out what other members of my team had to say:

I received this product through Karma Media in exchange for my honest review.


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