Re: Help for 12 year old tinkerer
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>Many public libraries in Britain seem to be reducing the number of
> See your local public library for useful reference books;
electronics books they hold and in their place filling the shelves
with elementary computer books that explain how to use software like
Word or Excel. The place to find LOADS of electronics books covering
every level from complete beginners to PhD level experts is the
library of a university with a large electronic engineering
department. They also contain loads of electronics magazines as well.
> what level of theory he can understand. You might also look atthis
> by the American Radio Relay League. You should shop around for a
> couple of books on basic electronics theory; get an age
> one. Also a blank notebook to write down his data, tests andas
> experiments in. He should try to learn the basic schematic symbols
> quickly as possible and basic electronic theory (i.e. Ohm's law).are
> Learn the resistor color code, the metric system and the proper
> abbreviations for all the common units (ampere, farad, watt etc.)
> Make sure he has proper tools and knows how to use them safely. By
> proper tools I mean ones that are high quality to begin with and
> kept that way. He won't need very many to begin with.Actually there are hundreds of electronics magazines but most are
> Unfortunately there are fewer magazines out now about electronics.
aimed at electronics professionals and obtained via subscription.
The best place to find a collection of these magazines is a
> can recommend Circuit Cellar for excellent articles but it does
> require some basic knowledge about computers, programming and
> electronics. See Electronics World magazine also at:
> It is a British magazine that has stuff for amateurs.
> Depending upon how much money you wish to spend I can suggest a
> couple of other things you might want to get.
> -a digital multimeter (measure voltage, resistance etc.)
> -a lab power supply (cuts down on $$ for batteries and is safer
> -a soldering station
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "palmerjoss001"
> <dlcotts@h...> wrote:
> > Hi All,
> > I am joining a couple of e-mail groups in hopes of finding
> > that can help me. My 12 year old son is into the Junkyard Warscene.
> > Ever since he was tiny he has loved motors, pulleys, rockets,power,
> > circuitry, remote control cars and planes, gadgets and gizmos,etc.
> Iwork. He
> > need to just get him a box of spare parts and let him go to
> > loves to tinker and invent. The trouble is I don't know ANYTHINGitems,
> > this area. I am hoping that you all will be willing to share your
> > favorite books, websites, resources, magazines, indispensable
> > catalogs, WHATEVER. I could spend hours pouring over the list ofthat
> > science books Amazon has and still get the wrong ones. I hope
> > can get me pointed in the right direction so that I can help this
> > budding inventor on his way. Thank you VERY much in advance.
- Adding to what the others have said:
Ebay for old books (used). You'd be surprised at what you can
Google "Lindsay Books". They have reprints of many VERY old books
on every subject: mechanical, electrical, and chemical. They also
have the "Boy Experimenter" series which is probably precisely what
you're looking for.
The nice thing about the really old texts is the do a vastly
superior job of explaining the basics than the post WWII texts do.
Parts: if he's handy enough to solder, then junkyards are great
places to scrounge for basic components (resistors, caps, etc).
Ditto appliance repair places that deal with things like microwave
ovens, stereo's etc... Likely they'll have old, maybe even tube
age, stuff that's great for kids (with your supervision).
Also, any fairly large town near you is likely to have an
electronics "dump". Think "Radio Shack" for real and on steroids.
Those places also tend to do a good job of stocking "starter" kits
for young'uns (aka, build your own crystal radio, etc).
- Dear All,
Re Help for 12 year old tinkerer...
It was at about that age I started to 'tinker' with electronics, it
was a long time ago, in the early 60s. Now I'm nearing retirement and
would love to pass on what I know to someone the same as I was when I
was 12, someone who has a passion for electronics beyond the PC and
computer games...i.e. real hardware...
Sadly I'm not in the US, but in S.E.Asia (Thailand), I'm from the UK
but have been living here a long time. The love of electronics is
exciting and infectious, and those with a real interest can do
reasonably well in life, but they are most unlikely to be the next
If there is anyone out there who has a youngster interested in
hardware electronics I would like to hear from them, if even only by
e-mail. Sadly there are too many 'electronics engineers' out there
who don't know the difference between the hot and cold end of a
--- In email@example.com, "palmerjoss001"
> Hi All,
> I am joining a couple of e-mail groups in hopes of finding someone
> that can help me. My 12 year old son is into the Junkyard War scene.
> Ever since he was tiny he has loved motors, pulleys, rockets, power,
> circuitry, remote control cars and planes, gadgets and gizmos, etc.
> need to just get him a box of spare parts and let him go to work. Heabout
> loves to tinker and invent. The trouble is I don't know ANYTHING
> this area. I am hoping that you all will be willing to share youryou
> favorite books, websites, resources, magazines, indispensable items,
> catalogs, WHATEVER. I could spend hours pouring over the list of
> science books Amazon has and still get the wrong ones. I hope that
> can get me pointed in the right direction so that I can help this
> budding inventor on his way. Thank you VERY much in advance. Debbie