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Description: Our through-hole Simon Says Kit is a great beginner’s kit and also a pretty fun toy. All components are through-hole, making this kit a great place to start when you’re learning to solder. When building this kit, you’ll have a chance to solder a 28-pin microprocessor, LEDs, battery clips and more.
The Learn to Solder version of the Simon Says Kit includes everything that the original kit does as well as the basic soldering tools you need to put it together! This is a great kit for anyone just learning to solder or teaching someone to solder. The Learn to Solder Kit even comes with our Beginning Soldering Handbook which will walk you through the basics of making a solid solder connection.
After you have successfully assembled the kit, you will have a greater knowledge of through-hole soldering and the tools, techniques, and terminology required to populate your own PCB prototype. You will have a development platform with 5 outputs (LEDs and buzzer), 5 inputs (buttons), and serial for debugging. And, of course, you’ll have your very own Simon game!
Checkout the assembly instructions - we’re pretty proud of them. The kit even includes batteries! Assembly time varies, but for a true beginner with no soldering experience, the kit can take 20-40 minutes to assemble.
Note: We’re now including diagonal cutters instead of the flush cutters.
Based on 3 ratings:
My daughter had no previous experience with a soldering iron and after watching one of the tutorials on the website she was ready to go. She found it really fun, we’re likely to try some more advanced kits in the future.
Instructions were clear, and there’s video tutorials which are very useful in case you make mistakes when soldering.
Good quality tools and a fun project has given one of the family a good start in electronics.
Our students really enjoyed learning to solder with this kit. However, there are a couple of things I’d recommend:
1) The wire cutters weren’t the best. Perhaps it’d be fairer to say that their quality was uneven. Some of them could barely snip through the excess leads.
2) Not sure how much brass sponges cost, but it might almost be worth raising the price a little to include those. The tips oxidize really quickly, and some of the kids' tips reached a point of unusability after the first day.
Overall, though, a good kit, and a good way to learn this useful skill!