Everyday Machines: Introduction to Engineering

Build and code machines like nightlights, a plant monitor, a calculator, and electronic games with our Everyday Machines product line.

Looking for the perfect electronics subscription box to get started with? Want an engineering and coding subscription that is both fun and engaging? Look no further than MakeCrate’s Everyday Machines: Intro to Engineering subscription series. Designed for beginners in middle school and up, this subscription box teaches fundamental coding skills while kids (and adults!) build fun objects for everyday use, like calculators, electronic games, and room alarms.

Each subscription includes a reusable Uno microcontroller, breadboard, and wires, along with new components each month to build and code at least 2 more STEM engineering projects. Each kit is paired with an online course that has the printable and video instruction you’ll use to complete your machines.

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Getting Started

In your first month of a MakeCrate subscription, you’ll learn how to set up your microcontroller and build simple circuits using LEDs, buzzers, and buttons while learning coding fundamentals.


Lights and Sounds

In your second month of  a MakeCrate  subscription, you’l experiment with light and sound, creating a few variations of a nightlight as well as creating sound by altering light levels.  Explore the concept of resistance in circuits while continuing to expand your coding skills.


LED Matrices

In the last month of your MakeCrate subscription you’ll use LED Matrices, expand your coding knowledge to include using libraries and arrays, and practice your morse code abilities!



In your fourth month of a MakeCrate  subscription, you’ll use keypads to create music and math!  You’l also study how colors change with an RGB LED and learn to use a Liquid Crystal Display.


Distance Sensors

In month 5, you’ll use an ultrasonic sensor and use echos to measure distance. Practice some math skills while creating a ruler and an alarm that both use distance.



In month 6, you’ll explore the concept of time and see a few ways that your microcontroller can be used to track time while continuing to learn how to use various output devices and improving your coding skills.



In your seventh month of a MakeCrate  subscription, you’ll explore various ways to code and produce music.  Using buttons, distance, and your own ability to conduct electricity to create three instruments.



In month 8, you’ll create some classic games with your microcontroller.  Use joysticks, buttons, anda new display to test your memory and reflexes.



In month 9, use what you’ve learned about displays and analog sensors to track and display weather phenomena.



In your tenth month, learn how to use motion and magnetic sensors and combine your previous knowledge for coding, buzzers and LEDs to create some alarms to keep your room protected!


Remote Control

In month 11, you’ll use remote control to drive some components you’ve mastered before, as well as learn to attach and control a motor.



In the last month of your MakeCrate  subscription you’ll tie everything you’ve learned together by learning how to control your projects via Bluetooth.  Turn circuits on and off and send and receive serial output after you learn to attach a Blietooth sensor to your circuit and code it.

Additional information

Subscription Length

12 months, 6 months, 3 months, month-to-month


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