We are currently living in the age of electronics. Take a look around you right now and you will likely find quite a number of gadgets, machines and appliances that have electronic components in them. In fact, I bet it's hard to find an electrical item in your home that doesn't have electronics integrated with it in some way. Wouldn't it be cool if you knew how to repair your alarm clock, laptop, toaster oven, or TV? Well, learning about basic electronics and creating your own projects is a lot easier than you may think. From robots to race cars, learning how to solder, build, and test circuitry and electronics can be hugely helpful in a wide range of projects.
A firm grasp of the tools and hardware on an electronics bench, such as soldering irons, multimeters, and oscilloscopes can provide makers with the ability to wire up, motorize, and create almost anything. Knowing how to harness the power (pun intended) of these tools is a must for the aspiring engineer. Everything from cars to children’s toys can be modified and controlled by competent tinkerers. With the rise of the digital age, knowing how to use microcontrollers and circuitry has never been more relevant.
Workshops in the Electronics Series offer makers the opportunity to learn how to use equipment commonly found on electronic benches, such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, and soldering kits. Makers can learn how to solder, or how to begin programming and creating with small microcontrollers, such as Arduinos and Raspberry Pis. These courses lay the groundwork for makers to create all sorts of projects – we’ve seen groups modify children’s toys for accessibility, repair video game cartridges, and even create a filament extruder!
There’s no project that can’t benefit from a strong background provided by workshops in the Electronics Series.