Circuit Maze -- Circuits, Challenges, and Fun Oh, My
Circuit Maze is a game that tests a child’s critical thinking skills. The game includes a game board, game pieces, and a set of cards. The board is a grid in which the pieces fit into each square. The game pieces have strips of metal in a variety of configurations that allow the power from the batteries to flow through each piece. The cards come in three difficulty levels: easy, intermediate, and expert. The front of each card shows the player what pieces they will need to complete the challenge, which beacons should be lit and/or not lit, and the locations of the first three- four pieces that players need to begin the puzzle. Once the pieces are in place, students must fill in the remainder of the circuit by placing the card-suggested pieces in the appropriate locations. The pieces can also be rotated adding another level of challenge. Solutions can be found on the back of each card allowing the child to double-check their work. Often, my students completed the given task but did so in a way that did not match the solution on the card, therefore, demonstrating to students that frequently there is more than one correct answer.
My students gravitated towards this game. While it is meant for one player, they found it more fun to get into groups of two or three and work together to solve the puzzles. This game stretched their brains and force them to think. What is impressive is that my children enjoyed the challenge. The cards and puzzles were a good fit—not too hard while still providing a test of their intelligence and perseverance. The game designers have done a good job creating a game that is fun and engaging.
Circuit Maze provides teachers with a fun way to introduce different types of circuits, but it would fit into a rotation schedule too. It is both educational and fun. Plus, students can be successful without teacher intervention. This game would be a great addition to a third through the sixth-grade classroom. I know your children and students will love it as much as mine do. Click here to watch student video reviews: