SARCNET runs electronics prototyping workshops during school lunchtimes and at our free Tuesday Night workshop at the Moorabbin and District Radio Club. The kids just love creating things and making them work, so building circuits using reusable electronic components on a prototyping board is a real hit, not to mention the educational value (which we don’t mention!). This topic explains how to do it yourself and provides some really great circuit ideas.
To start off with you will need a prototyping board. The electronic components just plug in to it and they can be removed easily to create different circuits. This 170 tie-point board is ideal to get started.
Next, you’ll need some components. These can often be purchased on-line as a kit, or you can buy individual types in bulk. Here is a kit of parts that we buy online for only $1 - Amazing: The LEDs alone would cost $2.75 each locally.
Note: We have purchased parts for thousands of electronics prototyping kits, which we can then provide to our students, at cost, for only $5. Similar kits would cost $20, locally, and that really doesn’t seem like good value. This is a winning strategy: For less than the price of a cup of coffee parents can buy their child something that may get them interested in STEM and change their lives. While we don’t endorse any particular vendor site(s), we have had a great deal of success getting electronic components at a reasonable price from eBay. They might come from China and take several weeks to arrive, so you have to plan ahead. Search around and see what you think.
More Electronic Prototyping tips in my next post. Feel free to add your own ideas, and especially pictures of circuits you have made.
Prototyping and soldering electronic circuits.
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