Hot Wires from John Adams is a plug and play electronics set that is packed with experiments involving light, sound and movement! It is designed to teach the principles of electronics to children from eight years and above. The kit has everything that you need to make over 100 circuits and all you need are 4 AA batteries!
I am very impressed with the quality of the electronic components. All wires are secured within the components so the kit is very safe and simple to operate. Each individual component is also very well made and well labelled. I believe that this Hot Wires kit will last for a long time.
It comes with a 54 page set of colour instructions which are easy to follow and understand. My 9 year old son has no problems snapping the components together by following the instructions to make a number of different circuits. Even though my son is old enough to follow the instructions, I do supervise him. There’s always the chance that things could be connected the wrong way which might damage the product. Also, one of the experiments involves launching the fan which should be played with care to ensure it doesn’t harm any others. Having an adult explain the logic behind the circuits is a nice way for children to learn and to spend quality family time together.
Both my children were very keen to try out the experiments! It didn’t take Ms C long to find the components and Mr K to set it all up.
We first built the Lie Detector which involves using the Touch Plate. When people tell lies they become nervous and sweat slightly. This alters the electrical resistance of their skin. The Loudspeaker produces a low note, indicating that your skin has a high electrical resistance. If you wet your finger and touch the Touch Plate, the note produced becomes high and loud.
Next we built the radio set which involves using the Variable Capacitor and the Antenna Coil. My children finds this experiment super cool and loves that they are able to get a radio signal and listen to it but the sound is quite soft.
Then we built more circuits like the flying disk, voice recorder, light sensitive LED with NPN Transistor and many more. We all love this set and it definitely a great educational kit that I would recommend to anyone. The kit is slightly pricey but is great value for money considering how much kit you get! Hot Wires is available to buy in good toy retailers like Argos, ToysRUs, Smyths, Toy Masters and Amazon. For more information, please visit: https://www.johnadams.co.uk/
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however all thoughts and opinions remain our own. Contains Amazon affiliate link.