Our Story

We didn’t start out in the educational toy business. In fact, our first products were convergence generators for television repairmen. They were built by engineers and while our focus now is on bringing fun into learning about electronics, one thing hasn’t changed: we still love engineering. That’s why our toys will never follow the latest trend or fashion. We think engaging minds in the excitement of building a real electronic device or a real working machine —no matter how simple—will never go out of style. We still produce quality electronic instruments and test equipment and we remain dedicated to creating affordable, safe and easy to use toys that allow kids of all ages to use both sides of their brains and above all else, to Learn by doing.®

About Us

Elenco® is an educational toy, hobby, and electronic instruments company based in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Illinois. Elenco® has been a family owned and operated business since 1972, founded by Gil Cecchin, an electrical engineer. From its humble roots as a basement operation with one product, Elenco® has emerged as a leader in the educational toy industry with hundreds of products and new ideas constantly in development. Elenco®’s family now includes over 40 full-time employees and 60,000 square feet of warehouse and offices.

Elenco’s pride is the award-winning Snap Circuits® product line, which teaches kids to have fun learning about electronics, engineering, science, and technology. Snap Circuits® have been endorsed by educators worldwide and used in schools, libraries, museums, after-school programs, STEM programs, and at home. Many of today’s rising engineers and scientists learned the basics of technology by playing and creating with Snap Circuits®.

Snap Circuits® come in a variety of different kits, depending on size, theme, and configuration. The easy-to-use, full-color manuals give kids the power and self-confidence to build hundreds of exciting projects such as flying saucers, alarms, radios, doorbells, and much more. Kids can also use their imagination and create their own circuits! Enjoy hours of fun with hands-on and creative activities to get kids excited about STEM!

Before the STEM and Maker Movements, there was Elenco®. For nearly 50 years, Elenco® has developed educational kits and electronics testing equipment to teach electronics, science, and technology to budding engineers. Elenco® supports Maker and STEM programs and classrooms nationwide and strives to make educational toys that are fun and appealing to girls and boys of all backgrounds.

Elenco® is also the North American partner for several other major international toy manufacturers including Engino, OWI, TimberKits, Edu-Toys, and Tree of Knowledge. These companies are world leaders in educational science and STEM-related products.

Elenco’s motto — Learn By Doing® — inspires, motivates, and challenges children of all ages to solve problems and practice real-life skills. Elenco® and Snap Circuits® make learning a snap!

 

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