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Description: Have you ever seen a Weevil? It’s a pretty under-appreciated beetle, so we thought it deserved a kit. Okay, so we just kind of like the name and think it makes a cute board.
The WeevilEye is a through-hole soldering kit designed for the beginner. It has a low parts count so even young kids can easily complete it. Once it’s put together the red LED “eyes” light up brighter or darker according to how much light is getting to the photosensor.
This kit comes with all of the parts you need to build your own WeevilEye as well as an instructional kit card that will guide you through the assembly process. You will need a soldering iron and some solder, an inexpensive choice for the beginner is the 30W Soldering Iron listed below.
Note: Due to the requirements of shipping the battery in this kit, orders may take longer to process and therefore do not qualify for same-day shipping. Additionally, these batteries can not be shipped via Ground or Economy methods to Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Based on 8 ratings:
This was a great little kit to get started with. I also got one for my son and he really enjoyed it (he’s 16). I wish there were some more kits similar to this or slightly more advanced that we could do to keep the excitement going.
This is great! We love hearing about kids getting into electronics. A couple cool kits that a 16 year old might like would be Bleep Drum https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12976 Minty Boost https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10094 Simon Tilt https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12634
The instructions were crystal clear and it was fun to have a “toy” at the end of my first soldering lesson. Thanks, Sparkfun!
My 6 year old enjoyed building this together with me. She is proud of what she made and likes playing with it. She was able to figure out the placement of components and we soldered each piece together. The instructions are the best I’ve ever seen.
Easy to follow printed instructions as well as a quick informative video. Class of 1st time solders were able to quickly assemble and solder weevilEye within one class period. Great confidence builder for future electrical engineers.
Great intro to through hole soldering for the beginning Maker.
This project works very well for the young people, ages 10-13, that we serve at our workshops. The WeevilEye Beginner project is preceded by a practice exercise, soldering some spare parts randomly to a single sided breadboard.
This was the first thing I’ve ever soldered together. It went together pretty easily, the instructions were clear, and when I put the battery in, it actually worked the first time! I was so proud of myself. I would definitely recommend this to any beginner.
My 7-year-old and I had a great experience with this kit. It’s just the right level of complexity to introduce a younger person to electronics without being overwhelmingly technical.
We could have finished this in about 10 minutes, but took an hour or so with some discussion around the functionality of the components, safety, soldering technique, etc.
I highly recommend this product as a very cost effective way to get kids interested in electronics.