Electronics are used everywhere these days. Of course, we see them in TV’s and stereos, computers, cell phones and iPods. But they’re also a part of car keys and even mailing labels on boxes.
They’re used to explore the surface of mars in space probes and give sight to blind people. All these things use transistors, resistors, chips and more – just what we’ll be talking about in this unit. So, let’s get started.
- Identify and describe how basic electronic components like resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, switches, relays (and more) work
- Be able to follow an electronic schematic diagram to build a circuit
- Learn how to ‘breadboard’ a circuit
- Understand when and how to use series and parallel circuitry
- Create really cool projects like audible light probes, flashing circuits, and light-detecting circuits as well as human-interactive circuits (the Lie Detector)
- Hone your troubleshooting skills, which are essential if you’re going to be a scientist of any kind