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Making Electric Circuits and Other Electronics Projects

Electricity is the energy that fuels machines and devices. Electricity moves through wires that can be either short or very long. Electricity is also transformable into different types of energy, making it versatile. It may seem that electricity and electronics are synonymous, but there are slight differences in these terms. An electrical device generates or uses significant amounts of electrical power. An electronic device has semiconductor components inside it that enable it to control something. A device can be both electric and electronic if it makes or uses a large amount of electrical power and it regulates or controls something at the same time. Electronic components can control the tiniest of mechanisms or vast machines. Anyone with an interest in electricity and electronics can learn about this field of science with both written and hands-on instruction. Learning about electronics enables a full appreciation of how electronics have permeated every area of daily living. With a working knowledge of electronics, it may be possible to perform repairs on common household devices such as radios or toasters. Further knowledge and expertise could even lead to the ability to design and build devices to perform specific tasks. When learning about electronics, you will need to set up a work area with tools. Pliers, wire-strippers, a solderless circuit board, a soldering iron, and a digital multimeter are just a few of the tools you may need for your projects. Always wear safety goggles as you perform experiments, and observe all safety guidelines to protect against injury.

Electrical Circuits Design Project (PDF)

An engineering degree is not necessary for creating mechanisms that will perform tasks or solve problems. Experiment with projects that involve electrical circuits to build new designs.

Electronics for Absolute Beginners (PDF)

To build something that will perform a task, you will need to incorporate electrical power and a circuit in which the electricity will move.

Creative Inquiry Electronics Project Lab Manual (PDF)

It's helpful to learn about electricity by reading, but then you can put this information to use by building an electrical component.

Talking Electronics (PDF)

Dive into a junk drawer to find odds and ends you can use to build a transistor circuit.

Circuit Symbols (PDF)

Learn circuit symbols to enable you to understand and decipher circuit diagrams. These diagrams show how circuits connect.

Playing With Electricity: Exploring Electric Circuits Through Open Ended Play (PDF)

Kids can have fun and learn at the same time as they build simple electrical machines that buzz or illuminate.

Electronics for Dummies (PDF)

Use this book to build electronics projects involving circuits on a solderless breadboard.

Electrical Engineering Basic Circuits (PDF)

Build a circuit to make lights or sounds using information presented in this project manual.

Electric Play Dough Project 1: Make Your Play Dough Light Up, Buzz, and Move! (PDF)

Make a light that buzzes and moves from modeling compound, a hobby motor, and a battery pack.

Lesson Plan for Electric Circuits (PDF)

Learn about electricity by constructing a simple circuit out of wires, batteries, and a light bulb.

Grade 9 Electricity/Electronics Technology (PDF)

This lesson plan presents all materials and equipment needed to construct electrical projects.

Basic Electrical Circuits (PDF)

Learn about open and closed circuits and the need for closed circuits when constructing an electrical circuit that will complete a task.

Fundamentals of Electronic Circuit Design (PDF)

Solving problems and performing tasks is the purpose of designing tools with mechanical components and electrical circuits.

Electronics Resistors

Resistors are a basic electronic component of electrical circuits. Some circuits even contain nothing but resistors.

Ohm's Law and Basic Analog Circuit Concepts

Learn about Ohm's law and resistance, which concern power value and voltage potential of electrical circuits.

Beginner's Introduction to LED Wiring

You might be able to provide your home with uninterrupted light from LED bulbs if you institute LED wiring and an uninterruptable power source.

Voltage, Current, and Resistance Explained

Voltage describes electrical force that moves current through a circuit. Current describes flow of electrical charge.

Circuit Symbols Tutorial

Knowing circuit symbols helps you know what symbols such as those for a capacitor, variable resistor, and relay mean in an electrical diagram.

Basic Electronics Tutorials: Direct Current

An electrical circuit that has direct current will have the current flowing in one direction. Alternating function utilizes bi-directional waveforms.

Hobby Electronics Circuits and Projects

Build a device that detects the amount of light in a room, sounding an alarm when the room goes dark.

Optical Mouse: Learn How to Hack

Harvest the optical sensor out of an optical mouse to make a new electrical microcontroller project. A little soldering will be necessary to succeed with this hack.

Light it Up! (PDF)

Unit lessons will show students how to set up a science notebook before creating a complete circuit to light a light bulb.

Circuit Boards (PDF)

Make a basic circuit board on a block of wood that will complete an electrical circuit to make a noise or illuminate a light.

Basics of Electricity/Electronics (PDF)

As you explore electricity, you will learn about electrons, voltage, current, resistance, and the process of moving electrons through a circuit.

Mini Electronics Project with Circuit Diagram (PDF)

Explore the many mini-projects presented in this book, which will help you learn about electricity and circuits.

Complete Electronics Self-Teaching Guide with Projects (PDF)

Once you understand basic electronics concepts, you may be ready to delve into projects that illustrate circuits that make devices operate.

21 Electronics Projects (PDF)

Build a sensor circuit that will respond to touch by activating a motion or application. An example of this type of device might be a touch lamp.

Electronic Letter Box Project Circuit (PDF)

Examine a circuit diagram of an electronic letter box that will illuminate a LED when someone places a letter in the box.

Alternating On-Off Switch (PDF)

Hobbyists can choose from a variety of different circuit projects to build an electric circuit at home.

Concepts of Electronics (PDF)

Always read and follow instructions carefully and ensure that you measure and calculate accurately when working on electronic circuit projects.

Project: Morse Code Communicator (PDF)

Samuel Morse utilized electromagnets to transmit messages in his Morse code communicator.

Lessons in Electric Circuits, Volume VI: Experiments (PDF)

One of the benefits of experimenting with electronics is that this process does not require expensive equipment. It's possible to explore devices and components to learn in a hands-on environment.

Scouts Electronics Badge (PDF)

Explore this documentation designed for scout leaders to gain basic knowledge about electronics.

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