Everyone wants to acquire new and useful skills fast and with the least effort possible, especially when it comes to such trendy disciplines like technology, electronics and programming.
Dear reader, just to avoid any further disappointment and bitter feelings towards the writer – no, this text is not about some magical pill, device or ritual to make you acquire all the desired skills overnight. It’s not like you snap your fingers and you get it. Everything comes with work and commitment but here you will get some tips on how to be smart and act efficiently.
Step one: Theory.
So you say you want to take up electronics. Probably your first step would be getting some books, looking for tutorials on-line. Great, it’s always good to get a strong theoretical background and observe someone else’s technique. However, have you ever heard about anyone learning how to ride a bicycle just by reading about it and watching someone else cycling? Learn theory but you will have to get down to practice at one point. Why not to economize your time and head towards experiments right away? The Practical Guide to Electronic Circuits by TME Education is a great tool to set off with. What you get behind this solution is a comprehensive handbook, divided into six chapters and taking you through the most common components used in popular hardware.
The book comes with a kit that will allow you to bring your newly acquired knowledge to the field and construct your own electronic circuits. Each chapter is divided into theoretical and practical section and explains proposed experiments in a step-by-step fashion. In the box you will find nearly everything you need – apart from the most important element: your personal input. Put excuses aside, as all the experiments need only a breadboard and jump wires, that means, no soldering, no burns and full flexibility of prototyping.
Step two: Practice.
Once you get through the basics, it is normal you will yearn for more and creating your own projects. TME Education won’t keep you empty-handed for long. TME’s Electronics Experiments Kit consists of over 300 elements and will allow you to create electronic circuits of your own idea. The inclusion of breadboards enables prototyping, however, if you really like your project you can also fix it on a PCB.
Mind that on this level, you will have to use a soldering iron but once you are an advanced learner, it won’t pose much of a challenge. The number of components included makes it possible to create several projects at the same time. With this Kit only your imagination is the limit. Also, in case you run out of ideas, there is a supplementary book with eight exemplary experiments to conduct.
Leave the limitations behind.
Great! You know how to create some impressive projects of your own design. Therefore, you can keep on making them, and this will be just fine or explore new possibilities like programming microcontrollers. For instance, you could try out Arduino as it has a vast worldwide community, provides free software and it’s simply one of the top choices among the programmers.
Getting down to knowing it is easier than you think – it’s enough to lay your hand on TME-EDU-ARD-2! This Arduino Uno-based kit was designed for beginners and to make learning comfortable and attractive. You don’t need a breadboard and components to set off as everything you need is embedded on the shield. It’s enough to connect the device to the computer, download Arduino IDE and here you go.
The Kit contains components like OLED, LCD screen, a microphone, a variety of sensors, switches and many others just to make your learning efficient and fun at the same time. Moreover, you can also control the device via a mobile app thanks to the Bluetooth module.
There is of course much more to tell about this highly intuitive tool and it deserves a separate article to get into details. Here’s just a sneak-peak.
Nothing comes without work but you can always make it efficient and enjoyable. With TME Education kits you can learn electronics step by step and get practical skills right away. So what are you waiting for? Get down to electronics!