Starting out in electronics — as with any hobby — requires an investment of time, energy, and finances. This is especially true in the early stages, when unbridled enthusiasm blurs what expenditures on equipment and supplies are necessary and which are detours. It’s amazing how easy it is to succumb to the equipment acquisition disorder or EAD — even on a relatively tight budget.
The Robotics Inventors club is designed to put the power of inventing a robot to solve a real world problem in the hands of these elementary students and give them an early and accurate depiction of the ins and outs of the engineering design process from a unique perspective. The group has to develop their idea, organize it into manageable sections, build and test the individual sections, then integrate them together as a team and prepare to present and talk about their solution to the public.
At only 14 years old, Quin has started up his own KickStarter with his Qduino Mini: Arduino Compatible + Battery Charger & Monitor. Quin not only has the support of his parents, he is also being backed up by SparkFun Electronics. The Qduino Mini is perfect to embed in your electronics projects, it's super small, inexpensive, has a battery connector & charger built-in, & a fuel gauge that can tell you when to charge the battery!
Nothing says "I Love You" more, than when it comes from the heart! This might just give you the inspiration you need if you just cant figure out what to get your significant other for valentines day. Do what we did in grade school, make something. Check out Henry's blog and see what he created from spare parts laying around.
When my friend,Vern asked me if I'd write an article for Nuts & Volts demonstrating how to create a Halloween decoration tombstone on a CNC router, I was psyched. I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to show off all you can do with CNC machines. So, I agreed to give it a shot.