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Homeschool Electronics

Wednesday, January 04, 2006
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(A quick foreward. After we have looked far and wide for AFFORDABLE and reasonable electronics supplies, projects, and components, we have decided that, as with WAY to much of the educational toy and kit market, electronics kits on the market are: 1) too dumbed down, 2) too sparse, 3) TOO expensive for what you get, and 4) unimaginative. Thus, we are exploring the possibility of starting a cottage industry - work at home business in modern parlance - of creating, assembling, packaging, and selling electronics kits that are not budget busters, are interactive, are fun, are NOT dumbed down, and which have nice artwork/project ideas. The skills needed for this lie in our extended family on both sides so this should be an interesting enterprise.

I would like to know YOUR thoughts about this. Would you be interested? Are you happy with what you have seen on the market? Do you even plan to cover any of this in your homeschooling? Do you figure your kids don't need to learn this? What sorts of projects do you think you would want? Is the fact that it would support a homeschooling family an attractive aspect that might help you decide to buy a kit from us? Please reply in the comments of this post or email us at nika7 at yahoo dot com!)


We continue with our electronics project and have some fun pics to share.

First, Q is continuing to learn about binary numbers.

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We got a grab bag of used "seven segment LED display" (and other types of LED displays) and Q has, after having to google a bit for how to work with these things, lit them up on the prototype breadboard. Next she will set up the logic chip to be able to form numbers and letters.

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Q futz'd with resistors, in series with the LED, to hardwire the number three! Its neat what you get when you mix 1 kid + electronic components = new discoveries.

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