Do you have a child with an interest in electronics? Do you find small bits of wire hiding in your fuzzy house slippers on a regular basis? Are you intimately familiar with the smell of smoking ICs? Here are some of our family-tested, favorite resources for the electronically inclined explorer.
1. Snap Circuits
Great for even the youngest electronics enthusiast. No wire, no soldering; just nice chunky blocks that help you build over 300 projects. Works well for an introductory kit.
2. 130-in-1 Electronics Kit
Next step up. No soldering; wire ends are hooked into a spring. This kit provides room for growth (we went through two) and a basic understanding of each component’s role in the circuit.
3. Getting Started in Electronics by Forest M. Mims III
Next it’s time to assemble your own components, hook up a breadboard and try your own circuits. An easy to follow, introductory book that can help you get started. Try his other books for more ideas.
4. 500-in-One Electronics Project Lab
The ultimate in electronics kits. This kit features both the spring method and breadboard method of connecting (no soldering). Covers analog and digital circuits. Also includes programmable digital devices. You can download the table of contents including a sample of the manual from the manufacturer.
5. AC/DC Electric Circuit Card Game
A card game from those fun folks at Ampersand Press. Can be enjoyed by all ages regardless of electronic aptitude.
Most of these resources can be purchased at your favorite homeschool science supplier or at Edmund Scientific. A casual look through the electronics section will yield a whole new world of ideas for your budding electronic genius!