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BOSON Starter Kit + micro:bit - Review

Scoring

Product Performed to Expectations: 10
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Product was easy to use: 10
Support materials were available: 9
The price to performance ratio was good: 10
TotalScore: 59 / 60
  • RoadTest: BOSON Starter Kit + micro:bit
  • Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: LITTLE BITS, arduino starter kit , circuit playground etc...
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: none

  • Detailed Review:

    allo allo

    I am a junior and high school science and techno lab technician, I also run after school tech and robotic activities.

    so i had the boson starter kit tested by kids attending those activities more than 5 sessions were used by different kids trying out this great kit.

    beginners to advance tinkerers all enjoyed the kit,

    the introduction project cards were plenty to get them started with a minimum of intervention on my part. which led to a great variety of different experimentations afterwards.

    for kids from 11 years old to 16, noob or whiz kids all had fun and created easily. In free form activities this kind of kit has it all. in hackathon formulas i think they would be even more perfect.

     

    the big potential i think is with teachers that are not inclined to introducing tech to their teaching toolkit. first the no breadboard is a big plus, connectors and alligator clips is easy to manage in a classroom with 30 ish kids.

    with activities that are more than introduction project, the potential is huge

     

    in other context than school i used it at the municipal library where i give robotic activities, kids working//playing (thus learning) with Lego boost kits where invited to add to their robot a sensor and a led output and with relatively little guidance they were able to assemble  a workable circuit. the coding was done with more guidance since these kids had no experience with scratch, but scratch (makecode) being what it is they caught on rapidly (all hail the scratch paradigm).

     

    sorry for the lackluster review taking pictures while conducting these activities is a bit at end of my attention spectrum !!! especially this close to Xmas vacation

     

    all in all boson rocks and i hope will rock some more in middle and high school science//etc… projects


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