Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Sarah and son Harrison (age 9)
What they say: If your child has been inspired by the crime fighting tech heroes of Big Hero Six or the robots and spaceships of Star Wars, two new titles from Wiley will help them create their own amazing developments in real life.
If your youngster likes to tinker, Electronics For Kids For Dummies is here to teach them the core concepts of electronics in a fun and engaging way. Written in a language elementary-to-middle-school-aged kids can understand, it’s packed with full-color photos, easy-to-follow instructions, simple examples, and 13 cool projects that will boost your child’s confidence while instilling valuable electronics lessons.
Adventures in Coding is written specifically for young people who want to learn how to code, but don’t know where to begin. No experience? No problem! This book starts from the very beginning to take you from newbie to app-builder in no time. You’ll ‘learn by doing’ as you build projects designed to help you master fundamental programming skills—and you’ll have a great time doing it. These skills form the foundation of any programmer’s tool set, and you’ll continue to use them as you graduate to other devices and more difficult projects. Each chapter includes a video to help clear up any confusion and make sure you really understand, so you can keep programming your way through every single project without hitting major roadblocks. If you’re ready to start designing your own program, this book will help you get started today.
What we say:
Electronics for Kids:-
“Harrison found this book quite complicated he said, he is nine. It does look quite detailed. Harrison has already been doing some circuit building work and learning the symbols at school in his science lessons, so he already has an understanding of the basics, but found this book quite technical. Obviously he is quite young, so it may work better with an older audience, although I did note the recommended age range was from 8 years of age. However, Harrison quite likes his science and is quite “techy” and clever on his science work, so it may be that the book is quite detailed in its approach. My own observation is that it is directed at the American market, with hints and tips on shopping for kit all based on American stores and all pricing is in dollars. Good visuals, photographs and diagrams, but more of a detailed school style text book to understand with a qualified science teacher, as opposed to a fun book for kids to work through on their own or with a parent who is not a scientific expert!”
Adventures in Coding:-
“Harrison enjoyed this book much more, again he has been working on coding at school. The book is very interactive and interfaces with the Scratch programme on the web; you don’t need to purchase or subscribe to anything to work with this book, only have access to the internet, which is a good way of introducing kids to something new with a game-like feel without spending a fortune. The book follows a step by step guide explaining what Scratch is about, what you will learn and what you need to get started, all very useful. Fun visuals and detailed simple step by step instructions get you going on writing your 1st programme and interacting with Scratch the Cat in designing coding programmes to get the cat moving. I didn’t do the live web based work with Harrison, but it looks visual and fun.”