Kiwico is a STEAM project subscription box company that offers 7 different boxes that are curated to kids of a specific age and interest. Kiwico refers to their boxes as “crates”. Each Tinker Crate comes with parts and components for the build, blueprints, a little booklet that discusses the science behond the project called Tinkerzine!
My son loves Tinker Crate by Kiwico because it allows him to…well, TINKER!
The projects are truly STEAM. Since I am not an engineer or scientist, I never knew how to come up with projects that would keep his interest or challenge him in the science, tech and engineering sides of STEAM.
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The first step was to put the spinning mechanism together using the Kiwico Tinker crate box that the supplies came in as the housing. Then the cover was added to keep the paint from flying everywhere.
The last part in assembling the spinning mechanism is the electrical component. The Kiwico Tinker Crate blueprint shows you how to trim bend and trim the resistors. It also gives you different configurations to place the resistors in order to test whether the wheel goes faster or slower so that you can understand how resistors work.
Then you attach the battery compartment and wire it up!
We have tried so many different ways of using this simple little machine to produce beautiful little pieces. We dripped paint on the papers while it was stationary and then turned it on; dripped paint on the papers while it was spinning; used a brush to apply paint lightly as it was spinning and finally, a combination of both.
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