their efforts were useless.

A big homeschooling benefit: Béla finally gets to FINISH project kits he was given as kits over the past, oh, three years.

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This is a “useless box”, in that you switch it on, and what you have turned on is… well…

He did get to solder, and we are going to be practicing more of that — wire stripping and soldering — making battery packs for lights is an important skill for a parade family.

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He got it done! Here’s how it works (and un-works):

Ta-da!

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