Review: Project Mc2 ADISN Electronic (Spy) Journal

As you’ll know from our previous reviews of the Project Mc2 Pixel Purse and the Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit, we were newcomers to the Netflix series Project Mc2 when we were asked to review these products, specially designed to reflect the current interest in STEM-based projects for kids, particularly girls.

Project Mc2 A.D.I.S.N. Electronic Journal box held by Caitlin

STEM, in case you’re new to the term, stands for science, technology, engineering, and maths. The idea is to build a love of learning and a solid base for understanding key concepts later on as children work through the Key Stages in school.

The Project Mc2 series is set in the fictional city of Maywood Glen in California and is about STEAM activities (STEM plus Art!). In the series, heroine McKeyla McAlister and  her best friends work for a government organisation called NOV8 (“innovate”).  They are a secret group of teenage female government operatives trying to protect the world using science and technology skills.

The Project Mc2 A.D.I.S.N. Electronic Journal

This time we’re reviewing the Project Mc2 ADISN Electronic Journal which stands for Advanced Digital Intelligence Spy Notebook.

It’s your chance to interact directly with NOV8 by becoming a secret agent just like McKeyla McAlister™, using your personal Project Mc2 ADISN device.

Inside you’ll find a bracelet to unlock the journal (ours said Genius but there is another that says NErDy), an invisible ink marker, a UV light tool hidden in a secret compartment, an activity booklet, and sticker sheets.

The Genius bracelet which unlocks the Project Mc2 A.D.I.S.N. Electronic Journal

To open you need to place the bracelet against the logo on the front and then the journal will spring open with a cheerful welcome message.  There’s a different message when the journal closes too.

Inside the Project Mc2 A.D.I.S.N. Electronic Journal

It took us a while to find the secret compartment with the UV light but there are printed instructions in the packaging which tells you where to look.  Write your messages on the left-hand side with the secret marker and reveal them with the UV light.

There’s a secret compartment which fits a smartphone (not included) and you can find free IOS app Project Mc² ™ “Case Files” in the App store.  Note:  it does not fit an iPhone Plus and the app is IOS only.

As with the rest of the toys in this range, the Project Mc2 ADISN Electronic Journal is sturdily made and well thought out.  The booklet inside the journal could be a little bigger, however, the size is restricted by the journal itself.  Had it been any bigger there would be less room to hide precious things and, the true jewel I imagine to most teens, their mobile phone.

Since Caitlin doesn’t have a phone yet, this aspect of the journal wasn’t particularly appropriate for her, but she loves being able to hide things from her brother and having the ability to write secret messages.

The Project Mc2 A.D.I.S.N. Electronic Journal is suitable for ages 6+ and is available from Amazon, Argos and Tesco.

I would suggest that since this, and the Pixel Purse, rely on a smartphone as an integral part of learning and play, the age range is possibly higher than 6+ and certainly more useful for those children who already have a mobile phone (a highly contentious issue) or have regular access to their parents’ phone.

You can find out more at the website at for new experiments, videos and updates.

Read our other Project Mc2 reviews:-

Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit

Project Mc2 Pixel Purse

Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister Doll with Cocoa Bronzer



  1. Raaka
    16 December, 2020 / 6:11 pm

    I rilly want this, but I can’t. It’s out of stock

  2. Jem
    23 April, 2018 / 10:29 am

    My nieces would love something like this. It looks like so much fun!

  3. Angela Ricardo
    22 April, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant!!! I have a little one right now, while he is a boy I do know kids love spy stuff and hidden compartments. I will definitely check this out.

  4. Lynne Harper
    21 April, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    I think this is fantastic. My son is like a sponge atm with regards to science and the world around him this would be an amazing gift for his upcoming birthday

  5. Bryanna skye
    20 April, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    Oh my gosh this is brilliant! I wish they had things like this around when I was a kid.

    • Iris Hood
      16 May, 2021 / 10:02 am

      oh my. me to my little one is playing with one now

  6. Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog
    20 April, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Even though I’m only five this looks so good that my mummy might invest in one for the future and hunt for the series on Netflix. Great to encourage creativity in STEM x

  7. AnnMarie John
    20 April, 2018 / 10:55 am

    I’m pretty sure my youngest will love this one. It’s cool because it’s all about science as well. I just think it would be a nice gift especially for the fans of the show.

  8. Rhian Westbury
    20 April, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Wow this looks amazing, I’d have absolutely loved something like this as a kid as I always loved writing secret notes x

  9. Louise
    19 April, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    We absolutely LOVE Project MC2 toys, and this one looks just as good as the rest. Stacey would definitely appreciated a hiding place for her phone as Oscar’s always trying to mess with it!! Haha

    Louise x

  10. Sarah Bailey
    19 April, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    This sounds like an interesting kit, though I find it strange the app is iOS only and fit a plus? I can imagine a lot of younger people have android as they are more affordable in many cases. That said other than that it sounds like it would be really fun!

  11. vicky Hall-Newman
    18 April, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    We have this journal its such a fab little toy for girls. Tilly loves pretending she is a spy and the range of Project MC2 toys are so cool

  12. Hannah
    18 April, 2018 / 7:56 am

    This looks like fun! My niece would love this x

  13. More than Blush
    17 April, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    My nephew would adore this!!! And I’ll admit, I didn’t know what STEM stood for. Jo x

  14. Rebecca | AAUBlog
    17 April, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    this looks super cool. But I’m so torn on what age children can have a phone to use

  15. Joanna Bayford
    17 April, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    This looks like a fab toy definitely something I’d have loved as a child.

  16. Ashleigh-Jayne O'connell
    17 April, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    This is just a fun little thing! Toys have really got better since I was a kid and I had a little Vtech!

  17. Katherine Hackworthy
    17 April, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    My daughter would love this. She has a few spy kits and really enjoys them. I’ll check out the Netflix show for her!

  18. Kara
    17 April, 2018 / 10:55 am

    I wish I had seen this before Eliza’s birthday, she would adore this

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