Give some knowledge away!

Teaching my son.

I bought my son a electronics snap kit about 2 years ago, and quickly completed some projects that were in the included book. This was fun for us, a good start, but there was more. I began teaching him about series and parallel circuits, passive components, and different types of sensors. I then said, “Without looking at the book, build a flashlight. OK, good, now build a fan with a switchable light. OK, now build a…”          

This was a blast. I see great value in teaching him why circuits do what they do so he is armed with the knowledge to create. I mean, sure it’s great to build something that someone else designed, but there is no joy like watching your creation come to life. This is what inventing/hacking is about! I would encourage you to teach your little ones a solid foundation, so that they are able to build great things on it. Blinking LED’s first, then microcontrollers, then..?? They are the next engineers!

LED Light

I was recently at a job where I saw a 10 year old boy I had given some parts to about 6 months ago. I gave him a handful of LED’s, a 2032 cell, a few resistors, and advice on what to do and not do with them. This advice included not directly hooking up an LED to a 9V battery, as well as a short lesson about voltages and current. When I saw him last week, he had informed me that, with the LED’s I’d given him, he made a circuit for his science class and won a prize! He also let me know that he followed my advice and all of his LED’s were still working. His mom then directed my attention over to a Christmas manger scene where the star was now lit up by an LED. I told him that I would get some more LED’s/sensors in his hands asap, and some more advice on how they work. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

2 thoughts on “Give some knowledge away!

  1. Giving stuff (like components and chips) away is great. But there’s no doubt that the best thing you can give away is knowledge. It’s like music – sure, keep it to yourself for fear of anyone copying it, but it’s best when shared for everyone to enjoy.

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