Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2007 Toys
Ages: 12 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $149.95
Microcontroller Computer Systems Engineering Kit is an exceptional educational tool designed to teach how microcontrollers work. Here, assembly is the name of the game. Each activity requires building a component and simulating an electronic function. The kit includes everything needed to conduct 100 experiments in computer electronics technology. The 144-page manual details theory and applications, and provides instructions on building control panels that function like those in modern day appliances. The hundreds of wires, resistors, LEDs, switches, diodes, transistors, etc. included in the kit can be easily configured on the innovative control panel that is housed in a handy compact case.

The kit also includes an infrared interface, a USB adapter, and software to interface with a PC. With this equipment, programs can be written, they can be downloaded to the microcontroller to make it work, and the collected data can be uploaded for display on the PC.

With enough information and projects to conduct a full semester course on computer electronics, the experiments and data collection capabilities provide generous potential for future science fair projects.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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