Over the past few years, I’ve been searching out engineering curriculum and engineering subscription boxes to help my future engineer. While ultimately, I’ve decided an engineering curriculum was the best way to go for us, let me tell you about the engineering subscription box we used for a while that made a great addition to our science lessons.
(There are affiliate links in here, sadly none for EEME and I’m not getting paid for the review)
What are subscription boxes?
Subscription boxes are sent out monthly with a specific topic in mind. I’ve only really subscribed to one or two previously, and have fairly mixed feelings on the topic. For the most part, I’ve found I can gather the supplies and the projects cheaper on my own.
But, they’re mostly on topics I know. I know crafts and projects like that.
I’d find it a bit more difficult to put together an engineering subscription box because I’m not an engineer.
I also have a track record of science projects not going the way I intended them to.
Semi-frequently, as a matter of fact.
That is why, when Superman was interested in becoming an engineer I picked up the EEME engineering subscription box.
What is EEME, the engineering subscription box?
Like I said, EEME is a monthly subscription box. The first month your child gets a slightly bigger box of supplies and a website link (and you the parent get an email link) with video instructions to put together the first project.
Every other month, your child gets a small box, like the size of a box a new cell phone comes in. It has the wires, diodes, or whatever else your child will need for the new project, and another link to a new video lesson.
Side note, I’m gonna give great props to their customer service, we had one month the box was missing a specific wire for the project, and I emailed them and they got right back to me with requests for more information.
Storing your EEME engineering subscription boxes
If you stick with EEME for any real period of time (and we did for about a year), you’re going to end up with quite a few small boxes. If your child is like my son, he’s going to want to keep them all in the box, because it helps him keep it organized.
At first, we stored them in Superman’s drawer in a three drawer tower, where his other stuff is stored for school. That very quickly became an untenable position as his boxes overflowed his drawer.
We ended up with a toolbox. A large black plastic toolbox, which also satisfied his need for a cool looking box. It also will grow with him as he gets more tools.
I understand that need, because I have the same needs, and often buy small boxes just because I like the way they look.
His is not a small box. It looks quite impressive.
And it has grown with him, it has gone on to include his materials from the other engineering curriculum we use.
Who is EEME, the engineering subscription box for?
I’d put this for any kids starting their interest out in engineering in the 3-6 grade age. It starts out assuming you know nothing about engineering. Every single item you get in the box has an explanation in the video what it is and its purpose.
Getting into the actual boxes, the step by step aspect of the videos eliminates a need to read the steps on the webpage (which Superman frequently did), so it’s great for anyone struggling with reading. The videos are an amazing visual for visual learners.
Superman loved the video aspect of EEME, and it was a great fit for a very short time for us. We started this more towards the end of the age range, so it unfairly colors my opinions of it.
This is great for a hands-off Mom who wants an enrichment resource for their future engineer.
Who is EEME not for?
Ultimately, EEME didn’t fill what I needed.
EEME is one engineering project a month, and I needed multiple projects a week. I was looking towards a high school curriculum and not an enrichment source.
If you are looking for something to give your student a science credit, this is not really it, by itself. If that’s what you want, look at my 42 electronics review.
Other people’s opinions on subscription boxes
Okay, I had a few friends chime in with some of their reactions to subscription boxes
Looking for more science curriculum or ideas?
- Real Science 4 Kids Science Curriculum
- Apologia Health and Nutrition Science
- Science Activity Books
- Interactive Science Picture Books
- PAC Homeschool Curriculum Review
Wow! I’ve gotten to use a lot of different science curriculums. I’ve liked each of them in their own ways, and seen how they can each work at different times in our lives.