How to get started with electronics

I feel like we should have a blog post on how to get started with electronics. I’ll post a draft here. Edit as you see fit.

How to Get Started with Electronics

We get a lot of inquiries from adults and kids about how to get started with electronics. Here’s a list of sites and gear that you should check out.

ARDUINO STARTER KIT
http://www.amazon.com/Arduino-Ultimate-Starter-Includes-Instruction/dp/B00BT0NDB8/ref=pd_sim_147_4?ie=UTF8&dpID=51jWuMZII8L&dpSrc=sims&preST=AC_UL160_SR160%2C160&refRID=0YJ1TAQ3X59255RCF900

This kit comes with an arduino, lots of components, and an easy-to-follow 72 page booklet chock full of beginner projects. Doing the projects with this kit will give you the skills and confidence to take on other projects.

For a look at the kinds of electronics projects people make, Instructables is a great place to start. Instructables is a platform where people post their projects and instructions on how to recreate them.

http://www.instructables.com/howto/arduino/

There are two shops that are very easy to navigate and order from. One is Sparkfun which has a great tutorials and video page in addition to their shop

https://www.sparkfun.com/

And the other is Adafruit - check out their “shop” link to buy gear and their “learn” link to find tutorials and product reviews

https://www.adafruit.com/

We host an electronics meetup about once a month. It’s very informal but if you show up with a kit, there are likely to be folks there who will help you get started.

Questions? Write info@ithacagenerator.org

cc @jenn

oh. i see vic says we have some in stock. maybe the post should say something about that - non members wouldnt check them out but might they use them during open hours just to see how they feel, make a light blink, etc?

If it’s true that we get a lot of inquiries from kids and others about how to get started in electronics, then perhaps we should look into offering more classes along those lines. Simply throwing a kit at them, and telling them to go to a meetup for help isn’t enough for most people, I think.

Maybe a better approach is just invite them for a chat. Maybe an opp to find parents to join the org and help build kids programming…