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The best way to learn electronics depends on your own personal learning style. Some people don't like starting anything without a thorough understanding of the underlying theory. The best starting point for this kind of learner is usually a good book such as those listed under Recommended Electronics Books in this section or in our complete Books section. Other people, especially kids, need to see results more quickly in order to remain motivated. For this kind of learner consider one of the activity kits in this section or the Learning Robotics section. Because motivation is so important, lots of beginners successfully start learning by building a robot kit or electronic kit that interests them. While formal learning is necessary in the long run, a good book doesn't teach anything if it just sits on a shelf. Don't be afraid to jump straight into our Robotics kits or Electronic Kits if that's what it takes to get you started.
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Activity Kits for Kids

While younger kids generally aren't ready to learn much electronic theory, that doesn't mean that they can't start learning basic concepts and vocabulary. These kits are easy and fun to put together and produce devices that are fun to play with. Even after the device gets pushed to the back of the closet, your child will remeber that they can actually build and fix things themselves instead of being a passive consumer. Some parental guidance and help to read the entire manual is needed to make these kits a truly educational activity.
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Snap Circuits Music Box Kit



Catalog number: 4207. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-04.

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Snap Circuits Space Battle Kit



Catalog number: 4208. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-05.

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Snap Circuits Electromagnetism



Compare an electromagnet to a normal magnet! Have lots of fun while learning about electricity and magnetism. Easy-to-use, and will make kids smarter. Catalog number: 4626. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-08.

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Snap Circuits Electromagnetism

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Snap Circuits Flying Saucer Kit



Catalog number: 4209. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-06.

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Snap Circuits Water Clock



Catalog number: 4776. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SCP-07.

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Activity Kits for Teens and Adults

These kits consist of a bag of parts and a book of instructions for building a wide variety of electronic circuits. Even if you just follow the pictures and assemble the circuits you will learn the basic vocabulary of electronics, learn how to identify basic electronic components and get some basic building experience. By carefully reading the manual as you work, you can get a good overview of electronic theory. These kits emphasize hands-on activity more than teaching theory, so for deeper knowledge they should be accompanied or followed by studying one of the books in our Recommended Electronics Books category.
 
Basic Electronic Components



This kit contains over 45 common electronic and hardware components and a short pamphlet that describes each component including its basic purpose, construction and identifying marks. This is a great orientation to electronics components for someone who wants to jump into electronic kit building. Catalog number: 1667. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: ECK-10. 24 pages.

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Soldering Training Kit: Blinking LEDs Project



Soldering is an essential skill if you want to build or repair your own electronic circuits. This kit provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to soldering for electronics. It includes a printed manual that that explains soldering theory and practice and shows how to identify the most commonly used electronic components. The kits includes a nicely made printed circuit board (PCB) and all the components needed to build a blinking LED circuit as your first soldering project.

The kit includes a tube of solder and a strip of desoldering braid. You need to provide your own soldering iron, such as Basic Soldering Tool Set or Solder Wick, and a 9v battery such as Alkaline 9v Battery - Pack of 1. Catalog number: 2102. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SP-3B. 16 pages.

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Soldering Training Kit: Siren Project



Soldering is an essential skill if you want to build or repair your own electronic circuits. This kit provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to soldering for electronics. It includes a printed manual that that explains soldering theory and practice and shows how to identify the most commonly used electronic components. The kits includes a nicely made printed circuit board (PCB) and all the components needed to build an electronic siren as your first soldering project.

The kit includes a tube of solder and a strip of desoldering braid. You need to provide your own soldering iron, such as Basic Soldering Tool Set or Solder Wick, and a 9v battery such as Alkaline 9v Battery - Pack of 1. Catalog number: 2080. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SP-1A. 16 pages.

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Soldering Training Kit: Siren Project

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Soldering Training Kit: Siren Project w/ Iron and Cutters



Soldering is an essential skill if you want to build or repair your own electronic circuits. This kit provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to soldering for electronics. It includes a printed manual that that explains soldering theory and practice and shows how to identify the most commonly used electronic components. The kits includes a nicely made printed circuit board (PCB) and all the components needed to build an electronic siren as your first soldering project.

The kit includes a tube of solder and a strip of desoldering braid. You need to provide your own soldering iron, such as Basic Soldering Tool Set or Solder Wick, and a 9v battery such as Alkaline 9v Battery - Pack of 1. Catalog number: 4799. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: AK-100. 16 pages.

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Soldering Training Kit: Siren Project w/ Iron and Cutters

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SMT Soldering Training Kit: Decision Maker Project



Soldering is an essential skill if you want to build or repair your own electronic circuits. The latest electronics components utilize Surface Mount Technology (SMT) to reduce circuit size by putting componments in tiny packages with minimal soldering surface. This kit provides a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to manual SMT soldering. It includes a printed manual that that explains soldering theory and practice and shows how to identify the most commonly used electronic components. The kits includes a nicely made printed circuit board (PCB) and all the components needed to build an electronic decision maker as your first surface mount soldering project.

The kit includes a tube of solder and a strip of desoldering braid. You need to provide your own soldering iron, such as Basic Soldering Tool Set or Solder Wick, and a 9v battery such as Alkaline 9v Battery - Pack of 1. Catalog number: 2103. Brand: Elenco Electronics. Brand's Part Number: SM-200K. 16 pages.

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SMT Soldering Training Kit: Decision Maker Project

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