- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (July 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781593277253
- ISBN-13: 978-1593277253
- ASIN: 1593277253
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Electronics for Kids: Play with Simple Circuits and Experiment with Electricity! Paperback – July 15, 2016
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About the Author
Øyvind Nydal Dahl built his first circuit at 14 and has been passionate about electronics ever since. He has a master’s degree in electronics from the University of Oslo, helps companies develop new products, and travels the world while teaching electronics workshops. He also writes beginner-friendly tutorials at http://www.build-electronic-circuits.com.
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Here's what I like:
- breakdown of concepts
- approachable material for beginners
- reads like a textbook, but not as boring!
Here's what I'd like to see
- quizzes at the end of each project
- more product alternatives if suggestions are unavailable
Some of the item numbers were no longer available through the supplier. That made it a little tough to decide what substitute to purchase, especially since I have no experience with creating engineering projects!
Overall, I would highly recommend this book.
The author builds out the basics first by writing a section that tells us about what electricity is, then moving things with electricity + magnets and finally how to generate electricity. Each of the concepts are explained well and there are projects to try out to understand them clearly. I agree with the author, that if you are looking to make best use of the book, it is important that you go about as pe the order of chapters presented in the book.
The next 2 parts of the book include “Building Circuits” and “The Digital World”. The “Building Circuits” chapter includes projects like playing with LEDs, soldering, Transistors, Potentiometers, 555 Timer and more. I liked the “Just do it” approach in the book which included a project titled Let’s Destroy an LED. I think it is important to do that. The last part of the book goes digital with 0s and 1s, Logic Gates and more. I liked this separation of Analog v/s Digital Projects — since it will clearly explain the potential leap in functionality once you bring in the digital stuff.
Overall, I strongly recommend this book to everyone who is starting out with electronics. The title says “For Kids” but trust me, it is for Kids aged from 10 to 100. It is extremely helpful to instructors who need to teach these concepts to a younger audience.
If there is one book that I would have loved reading in my younger days while learning Electronics, this is the book. But better late than never.