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SmartLab: You Build It - Door Alarm

SmartLab: You Build It - Door Alarm

Spring 2006 Doing & Learning/Toy
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartLab
Price: $18.99
Keeping a sibling out of one's territory can be raised to an art form with the You Build It Door Alarm. Appealing to children's fascination with codes and their desire for privacy, this kit includes all of the components needed to construct an alarm that can be mounted on a door (or window). Assembly is quick: the circuit board arrives wired, the brackets are built into the housing, and color-coded wires ensure proper connections. Step-by-step instructions for assembly are found in the accompanying 32-page book that also includes information about each component (speaker, capacitor, resistor).

In addition, the manual provides facts about codes and security from the ancient Greeks to our modern society. This information should make kids more aware of how a variety of important information is protected and how they can protect themselves from criminals who try to access their information.

NOTE: The door alarm can be mounted using the four foam tape squares included. Unfortunately, these are not removable. And, because the battery compartment is only accessible from the back, the alarm must be pulled off the door when the batteries need to be replaced.

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