Creation Crate August 2016 Subscription Box Review + Coupon

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Creation Crate is a monthly subscription box to help you learn about electronics. Surprisingly, this box isn’t just for kids – it’s suitable for anyone age 12+ who wants to learn or enhance their electronics and coding skills! The subscription costs $29.99 per month, and you’ll get to learn how to build simple electronics project without any experience required. It’s fun and definitely educational!

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Creation Crate is helping to build the makers of tomorrow, or so their box says. This subscription is ideal for those who love puzzles, building things, and of course, if you want to know more about building electronics!

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The project this month is a Memory Game!  It’s like Simon Says, a game at which I am awesome.  BEEP boop boop BEEP!

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The information booklet contains all the details about the project of the month. It includes a list of all the materials needed to make the Memory Game.

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Everything you’ll need to make a Memory Game!

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There are two parts in creating the project. First is building the hardware. The instructions are shown on the pages of the booklet above.

If you needed a clearer view of the diagram, you can just visit the Creation Crate website. It’s worth noting that once you sign up on Cratejoy for this subscription you’ll get access via the booklet to the monthly instructions, and everything is slick and well-done.

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I have many talents and nerdy interests, but wiring and coding are not among them.  Fortunately, I have a family full of supernerds who love this kind of stuff.  My husband and the kids messed around with this Creation Crate over the weekend.  They didn’t have much trouble with the wiring.

Creation Crate May 2016 (5)Thank you for properly using the GNU GPL, Creation Crate! The code and extension questions for the box followed – the instructions detail exactly what you have to do to get your Memory Game running. They downloaded Arduino and the driver for the PC, typed in the code, and uploaded it to the board.

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Alas, the first run didn’t fly (mixed metaphors, yes?).  But error is a critical part of the R&D process.  Creation Crate includes a troubleshooting section and the fam figured it out on round two.

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The game worked!  It was super loud and annoying, which is, of course, half the fun.  I went easy on them and let them win. . .once or twice.

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This was a fantastic box and perfect for anyone who wants to tinker with Arduino builds but isn’t sure where to start. I do wish the instructions had been a bit clearer (and larger). This subscription does have room to grow, but it’s mostly in the instructions and extras – the most important thing about this box is that it works and having a successful project is the most important part!

A few additional things I want to point out – the price goes down by a good chunk each month with a longer term subscription, and shipping is free worldwide! Also EVERY BOX comes with an Uno R3, which is a $25 board. EVERY BOX. Obviously they’re able to obtain them at a magical discount, which is really awesome for subscribers! This also means that you don’t have to disassemble your project. We could build this puppy into a box and hook it into the computer for super loud Memory Games all the time (or USB charger cable).

Our family had fun with this project and it was really fun to tinker with the kids watching but not necessarily involved, just absorbing parental interest in electronics!

Next month is. . .a tiny boombox?  (Probably not).

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But maybe!

What did you think of Creation Crate? What do you think next month’s project will be?  Save 10% on your first box with coupon code HELLO10.

Visit Creation Crate to subscribe or find out more!

The Subscription: Creation Crate
The Description: Creation Crate is tech education-in-a-box delivered to you monthly! Learn how to build electronics with no experience required. Free shipping worldwide!
The Price: $29.99 per month

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