Looking for an engaging homeschool elective for your middle schooler? Have a curious child who wants to know how things ‘go’ and why? Check out my EEME review for an awesome activity that involves science, technology, and electrical and mechanical engineering.
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What is EEME?
EEME stands for Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering. This company was started by a dad who felt frustrated by the lack of fun and educational activities for kids involving electrical and mechanical engineering. So he started this company in hopes of filling this gap.
Every month, EEME mails its subscribers various electrical parts such as resistors and wires that create a unique hands-on project for kids to create. These projects come with instructional videos and diagrams you can access online.
Each project comes with 20-30 modules that consist of activities (putting together pieces), summaries, and review questions. These help kids better understand the purpose of the project and the why and how they work. The end result is to eventually get kids to create their own projects.
If you asked me what my favorite class was in school, hands down, it was art. Thinking it’s possible that my boys inherited my love for art, I made sure to add it to our homeschool schedule every year. But after three years of art in our homeschool, I realized I was wasting my time. They were simply not interested and, in fact, told me so. Ugh! I was a little crushed. It happened to be my favorite class to teach.
So, what I did was just take note at what the kids were interested in. This wasn’t hard to figure out: Legos, video games, and computers. With this in mind, I searched for something that would involve at least a couple of these things. Sure enough, I found EEME. With EEME the kids get to build lots of fun electrical gadgets while learning how and why they work. This was exactly what I was looking for and so I gave it a try.
So how is EEME holding up? It’s been four months but I can honestly say that they really like their new elective and can’t wait for each month’s shipment to arrive. Here is Joshua getting his LED to light up.
I am beyond happy that I was able to find something that the boys are sticking to (unlike karate.) It doesn’t hurt that it is educational too. Now, the boys are realizing that their computers are not just a screen and keyboard (or console) but a set of electrical components put together in such a way that makes it work the way it does. They truly are learning the bare-bone basics of all things electrical and mechanical.
So far, the boys have been able to light up a bulb, create a number display (precursor to computer screens), and sound off an alarm. We are waiting now for the next project that involves electromagnetism. With every final outcome, I ask them what is it that they could create with what they learned. We are currently trying to find a way to rig their bedroom doors for a doorbell and/or alarm when entering.
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Fitting EEME into Our Curriculum
As for fitting this into our curriculum, I have designated it an elective so there is no one special day we work on our EEME. I check out our work load and if there is time, they will do a handful of modules (usually one activity followed up with review). This allows the boys to work on their projects once or twice a week without too much down time between shipments.
EEME also offers other projects on their site that include robotics and coding. I am thinking about saving that for the summer. So take a look at what they have to offer and consider this as an elective for your son(s) or daughter(s) whether you homeschool or not.
Check out more of my 5th Grade Resource and Curriculum Reviews by clicking the links below:
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- How to Teach 5th Grade Homeschool Science Without a Curriculum
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