Make: Electronics – The Course

Here is an item I am curious if anyone reading has personally looked at?

Systemized “kitted” learning experiences have always appealed to me, and wondering how this one shapes up.

[If you’re ready to dive in right away, pick up our Make: Electronics Deluxe Tool kit and add copy of the book for only $10 more! And to help you work through the book, we’ve sourced the components you’ll need in Make: Electronics Components Pack 1 and Components Pack 2. You can also get the book for just $10 with either of these component packs.]

Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun and experiential way? Start working on some excellent projects as soon as you crack open this unique, hands-on book. Build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them! With Make: Electronics, you’ll learn all of the basic components and important principles through a series of “learn by discovery” experiments. And you don’t need to know a thing about electricity to get started.

Get step-by-step instructions on building working devices that demonstrate fundamentals such as voltage, amperage, resistance, inductance, and capacitance. Then tackle more complex electronics concepts, including analog/digital conversion, logic gates, and integrated circuits. Along the way, you’ll learn valuable tips and techniques, always with clear explanations of what you’re doing and why.

Start out by breaking things — experiment with components and learn why you experience failure

Set up a tricked-out project space — your own at-home work area, equipped with all of the tools and parts you’ll need for the experiments in this book

Learn about all of the key electronic components and their functions within a circuit through a series of clearly presented, well-illustrated experiments

Create a car alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio generators, a crystal radio, and a touch-sensitive lamp

Work with brushed DC and stepper motors to understand their principles and applications

Learn about programmable microcontrollers by building an automous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles

If you’ve always wanted to learn electronics, but were intimidated by other books and overly-technical websites, this book is for you!

You can download a PDF sample of the book here.

via Make: Electronics.

If at least one of my sons wants to do the course, I’m likely to buy one for them – what a great way to get started in hands-on electronics.

The idea of purposely “smoking” a few items in designed experiments is neat – like the train wrecks on the Aadam’s Family TV show we watched as kids.



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