We received a copy of the mPie set from Microduino to play with and review. We did not keep this toy when we were finished with our review. Opinions are 100% our own.
I’m always looking for fun STEM projects to do with the kids. When I find those that can also incorporate LEGO and other building bricks then I am even more excited. I was offered the opportunity to review the mPie kit from Microduino. Here is the official description of the product.
mPie: A good transition kit that moves from the basics of circuitry and hardware components of its predecessor mPuzzle, to initial concepts of coding. Using mPie’s components, children will discover ‘hardware coding’ which helps visualize the logical order of things in a physical way. The mPie lessons link concepts between physical and virtual. The projects in mPie increase in their complexity to form the basis that the sequence of things is vital and when not successfully ordered leads to the start of problem identification and solving. 7+, $99
The kit has a bunch of great projects to get kids excited about learning. However, the nice thing is that there is so much more that kids can do with the magnetic modules. Each of them have studs that can connect with all the major brick building systems. This way kids (and adults) can come up with special projects of their own imagination. This is in addition to the seven great projects found inside the box.
We created two of them including the fly swatter and the ambulance. I even took the product with me over to film our weekly LEGO show called Built from Bricks. I built the Ambulance at the end of the episode. You can see that below.
I think that if we had this product of our own then we would be able to add some amazing parts into the LEGO city that Brian has built. I can just imagine some of the MOCs with lights and sounds using these modules.
One of the really nice things with this set is the workbook. It doesn’t simply show you how the projects are done, instead it asks the user to go through and map out the circuits so that they can create the project that they want. I was very impressed with this system and how easy it is to use. You can pick up your own mPie set through our Amazon.com link below.
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