MarioFan keeps saying he wants to do something in electronics for a career. For the past two years we have been working on learning python coding and building circuits using the program 42 Electronics. I highly recommend this program if you are looking for something similar. Their customer service is amazing! MarioFan just finished the the fourth and last book in this program in Jan.
|His completed robot that|
|Final assignment was to get his robot to take video and speak. |
MarioFan learned quite a bit from this program and enjoyed it. He loves the building of the robot but says the programing part is not really for him;).
So for the next electronic skill he wanted to learn was soldering of electrical components. We bought several different kits and soldering equipment and have begun. Electric soldering is quite different from glass soldering but I am comfortable around a soldering iron. We started with the European siren kit as it was the only one with written instructions that laid out a careful plan. The other kits have on line instructions that I still need to down load.
|Some of the kits we have at home.|
|I bought a soldering mat and tool kit that had all the supplies needed for electrical work. This is not the best quality soldering iron but it will do for a beginner. We will invest in a better one if MarioFan really takes off in this area|
|First we practiced just getting use to the soldering iron and using the solder|
|we practice stripping coated wire and then soldering them onto a board.|
|Learning how to build solder bridges from one area to another using tinned wire|
|Using a solder wick to remove excess solder. I have never used this method in my glass work as using more solder is usually a good thing but quite the opposite in electrical work. this wasn't working as smoothly as it should for us.|
|We weren't too keen on this process as the solder wick gets very hot quickly. My husband (who has done a little bit of electrical soldering in his past) told us to order a desoldering vacuum pump and try that method to see if we liked it any better.|
|MarioFan followed the schematic electrical drawings to place the components onto the board|
|Then carefully soldered them in place. He had to be careful because the holding the solder iron too long in one location could burn out some of the electrical components|
|IT worked on the first try. MarioFan was very proud of himself|
|what a game changer adding more flux to the copper wick:) Much smoother and faster process.|
|The solder was much easier to remove but it does get a bit hot to touch so MarioFan decided to try the newly arrived solder pump!|
|He like this process so much better!|