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Gift for a 9 year old boy who likes electronics, computers, fixing things, etc

Mrs.Z Avatar
2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
Hi everyone, my son loves all things to do with electronics and making things. - I was considering buying him John Adams Hot Wires Electronics Kit which has good reviews but I'm worried it might be something which won't be as fun once you've made all the ideas?

Was also thinking of something like a remote control car that you build entirely by yourself, like something his dad could help him with.

Anyone got any suggestions, please?

Thanks x
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#3
Thanks for that, I thought about getting him the first model a while back, didn't know there was a new one out.
I am quite clueless with computers though, are these things easy to learn yourself from online tutorials, etc? :)
#4
The scary thing is that my son would be completely in his element with a 'toy' like this :D

We have already started buying tools and tool box for him bit by bit which we have put away for now while we buy more things for it :D
banned#5
Mrs.Z
Musician
New raspberry pie ??

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Thanks for that, I thought about getting him the first model a while back, didn't know there was a new one out.
I am quite clueless with computers though, are these things easy to learn yourself from online tutorials, etc? :)

Yes they are basically tiny basic pc's there are hundreds of tutorials online.

Have a look http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/25-fun-things-to-do-with-a-raspberry-pi/ for a rough guide
#6
I would definitely go for a Raspberry Pi.. New model has been announced today and should be selling for around £20.
#7
But if he has a computer he might not see it as as much fun as adults do, unless he really wants to learn Linux, which he could do on his pc. The Hotwires I can vouch for, that should keep him busy for ages, my son made the radio and kept it as a radio for months after he was done building things, like the lie detector, movement detection room guard and door bell.
#8
I think 9 is too young for a pi. Hot Wires is great though, I'm sure he won't get bored of that.
#9
UnicornRiver
I think 9 is too young for a pi. Hot Wires is great though, I'm sure he won't get bored of that.

Seconded.
#10
This suggestion won't be useful if its only physical activities that you are looking for. My littlest is the same and really enjoyed these games Your text here I love looking at the vehicles he designed and there are also numerous (what looks like to me) complicated tutorials to follow on youtube. My point is that the construction processes in these games are a very good introduction to design and engineering and also using computer aided design.

A nine year old would also like "modifying" nerf guns
#11
ipswich78
UnicornRiver
I think 9 is too young for a pi. Hot Wires is great though, I'm sure he won't get bored of that.

Seconded.

Thirded. My ten year old daughter got hot wires a few years ago and still plays with it. There's so many things you can make with it!
#12
I think another couple of years for a pi. Hot wires is the way to go.
banned#13
ipswich78
UnicornRiver
I think 9 is too young for a pi. Hot Wires is great though, I'm sure he won't get bored of that.

Seconded.

I disagree :) I think kids would enjoy hot wires for a month, then it would sit in a box unloved.

With a pi the possibilities are endless.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/kids-and-their-raspberry-pis/



Edited By: Musician on Jul 14, 2014 15:57
#14
Also get him to download the iFixit app which has tutorials on how to fix anything.
#15
Thanks everyone I will have to have a think which way to go.

I can't say that my son knows the first thing about programming but he absolutely loves being on the computer so much so that I have to keep him off it otherwise it is all he talks about. I considered getting the Pi before as I thought it would be a good way to let him have his computer time whilst allowing him to do something constructive.

For how cheap it is, the Pi just seems like a 'might as well get one' purchase but I don't even know if you need to buy anything extra to go with it.
banned#16
Mrs.Z
Thanks everyone I will have to have a think which way to go.

I can't say that my son knows the first thing about programming but he absolutely loves being on the computer so much so that I have to keep him off it otherwise it is all he talks about. I considered getting the Pi before as I thought it would be a good way to let him have his computer time whilst allowing him to do something constructive.

For how cheap it is, the Pi just seems like a 'might as well get one' purchase but I don't even know if you need to buy anything extra to go with it.

Depends on which project you want to do with it :) Eg.. If you wanted it to control a robot arm, you would need to buy a robot arm / kit.

You would also need a mouse, keyboard etc. Think of it the same way as a pc because that's essentially what it is, just smaller.

https://www.modmypi.com/raspberry-pi-set-up-kits

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/european-technology/10-coolest-uses-for-the-raspberry-pi/

The list of what you can control with it / make it into is endless zx spectrum, emulator, endless, printers,cameras, tanks, helicopters, routers, tablets,media centres etc etc....

This is a good link of ideas.
http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/25-fun-things-to-do-with-a-raspberry-pi/

Good luck whatever you decide.
#17
A good old fashioned clockwork clock for him to take to bits.
#18
A Pi would be a great idea as it gets him into learning these things early and gives the best opportunity and grounding for his future computer efforts (you never know this may well be his starting point on programming which could lead him to writing the next flappy bird.

Musician has posted some good links above but the only limit to a raspberry pi is your imagination really as it is a little computer in the general sense but it can also be thought of as 'the brain' or control unit for anything eg it could be used to create a robotic dinosaur that could be controlled from a smart phone.

The raspberry pi comes just as the main board...

You will also need these essentials to use the Pi:
1) Power supply (PSU) I recommend at least a 5v 1.0A (1000mA) (you probably already have one as a mobile phone charger)
2) HDMI lead (bound to already have one of these, you might even have a spare)
3) USB keyboard (likely you have one already)
4) USB mouse (likely you have one already)
5) A case for the pi that allows access to the GPIO slot on the board (as some Pi cases block them off)
(Others would argue that the case is not essential but a 9 year old and an unprotected circuit board are a bad combo)

The best thing you can do is have a look a websites showcasing the kind of crazy/cool things that can be do using a Raspberry Pi then you will have a good idea as to the potential of the device and it should give you an idea of the kind of extra items that will be needed for each project.

The Pi including the essentials above would be enough for learning how to program and a great method is using PiCraft, the Raspberry Pi version of Minecraft. The sepcial thing about this version of Minecraft is that it allows you generate things in the Minecraft world using programming code.

Having said all this about the Pi and recommending it, the Hot Wires suggestion from people does sound like it includes everything needed to do many things whereas the Pi will need additional items to make some of the projects where the Pi is the control unit in the project.

Good luck whatever you decide.



Edited By: wellen1981 on Jul 17, 2014 12:31

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