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 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!