Electric Motors Catalyst Review (Tinkering Labs)

Electric Motors Catalyst
What It Is

Get your creative motors running with the Electric Motors Catalyst kit. This kit challenges kids to get hands-on with electric motors and build a machine that draws curvy lines, a machine that can scramble an egg, a vehicle with a suspension system, and more. It includes the tools kids need, such as safety glasses, electric motors and their wires, a battery pack with two AA batteries, a chassis, axles, wooden connectors, rubber bands, washable markers, bolts and wingnuts, L-brackets, springs, bushings, a giant piece of paper, a hardware tin, a bunch of wheels, a screwdriver, and a storage bag. And then there are 10 challenge cards to inspire kids to get building.

Kids can use the instruction booklet for building techniques on how to put the pieces together, and there are instructions for how to build three of the challenges. But those are only starting points for what kids can build with this kit. There's more inspiration for kids to see online at the Tinkering Labs website, and kids are really encouraged to put the pieces together however they see fit in order to satisfy the different challenges, so long as they always remember to keep the red wires separate from the black wires.

Is It Fun?

This is a very hands-on STEM kit that will challenge kids to think creatively to come up with some silly and some useful things. We like that the instruction booklet does have instructions for some of the challenges because some kids might need prompting to get started. But once they see what they can do, they'll really be able to let their imaginations go wild, and they'll have a lot of fun tinkering with the pieces to create all sorts of moving vehicles, robots, and machines.

Who It’s For

This kit is for ages 8 and up. It's a hands-on way to expose kids to open-ended learning and the power of electric motors.

What To Be Aware Of

It took us 30 minutes to build challenge number 10. The instructions were somewhat easy to follow. Not all of the challenges have instructions, though. That's because this kit is more about encouraging kids to experiment and put the pieces together however they want to meet each challenge. The instructions provided are just jumping off points to show kids what they could build.

This includes two AA batteries.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    2 AA batteries required