Shaun Shue


A $6 electronics tinker kit for nonprofit, L.A. Makerspace. They work with LA City and County public libraries to help kids learn robotics, coding, e-textiles and stop motion animation, to give early exposure to STEAM disciplines. But the libraries use expensive electronics kits that need to stay at the library, and the kids’ projects are ultimately disasembled. They miss out on the pride of taking their creations home, and having the kits for further tinkering/learning.

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So I came up with a stand-alone kit that teaches circuits and logic, built around an Arduino clone ($3) and half-breadboard ($1). Changing jumper wires ($0.22) changes pre-loaded functions on the microcontroller, and the kids use buttons ($0.05) and alligator clips ($0.31) to interact with LEDs ($0.04), a buzzer ($0.09) and 7-segment display ($0.68). At this price, they can be given away. To drive this point home, we gave the kits to the LA Department of Education class participants.