Make: How to Use a Breadboard! Kit

Make: How to Use a Breadboard! Kit


Unlike “building-block” packages designed for kids, this kit introduces you to fundamental electronic components and gives you practical circuits to build. As you gain experience building the circuits, you will also learn how to read actual schematics, the circuit diagrams that serve as the shorthand language of electronics. Ages 10+


Enhance your electronics skills with this self-guided learning course. Inside, you will find a full-color handbook from the publishers of Make: magazine, a solderless breadboard, and all the components you’ll need. Illustrated with comic book-style panels, the handbook explains the basic principles of using a breadboard and then guides you through 10 fun and educational projects. Learning hands-on how to use a breadboard gives you a solid, introductory unit in fundamental electronics.  

The included breadboard provides a platform on which to build a circuit and then deconstruct it for the next one. Because no soldering is required, the breadboard can be used repeatedly, for many different projects. The breadboard is the perfect platform for learning, whether at home or in the classroom.

In addition, the components necessary to complete all of the projects in the handbook are included in the kit, including a battery and an assortment of jumper wires. You will learn how to use photoresistors, potentiometers, diodes, 555 timers, capacitors, transistors, and more! The kit will also challenge you to figure out what else can be done with the circuits you have built.

 Ages 10+

You will learn how to build the following circuits:

  • Dark Detector
  • LED Flasher
  • Electronic Cricket
  • Breathing LED
  • Screaming Siren
  • Bike Signal Light
  • Touch Switch
  • Light Theremin
  • Blues Organ
  • LED Color Organ


Bonus features include an “X-ray” illustration of the breadboard and a tutorial on interpreting resistor color codes. The glossary at the end of the handbook provides definitions and illustrations for terms that may be unfamiliar. Electronics is the perfect STEM-related subject, because it incorporates a wide range of different skills and materials from all four STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There is no better way to learn than by making things yourself. In this course, you will not be handed all the answers. You will be encouraged to experiment, and you will be asked questions that require you to think critically. Roughly 10 hours will be needed to complete all the projects. Get started with your breadboard experiments today!

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