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Electronics 101

By MRE - Posted on 27 December 2009

Your chance to learn the basics of electronic parts, circuits, prototyping, and soldering from the pros! Even if you have no idea what a resistor is, or have never picked up a soldering iron before, you can do it all, with a just a little bit of help.
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The Electronics 101 class is your chance to learn the basics of electronic circuits from the pros.
Even if you have no idea what a resistor is, or have never picked up a soldering iron before, you can do it all, with a just a little bit of help.

Tokyo Hacker Space presents:
Electronics fundamentals - The absolute beginners guide to making your own electronic devices

Join this great new workshop- and learn the basics of building electronic devices, and enjoy a rewarding new hobby.
This class is perfect for absolute beginners. I have stripped it down to the bare essentials, making it perfect for young people or the technologically challenged! :)

This class will prepare you for basic electronic project building. You
will learn about basic components, their schematic symbols, and how to identify them. You will learn how to use meters properly to help you analyze your circuits.

Several labs throughout the course give you hands on experience to help you understand the fundamentals. With a few simple tools and supplies (included in the course kit), you will construct the lab and perform an experiment. Follow-up questions confirm your understanding. Additional challenges can be carried out using the kit at home.

The Electronics 101 course now includes a parts and tools kit, YOURS TO KEEP!
Everything you need to continue experimenting at home is included.
Future classes will expand upon the kit.

The following items are included in the E101 kit:
parts bin to store your supplies
bread board and wire kit
9 volt clip **
AAAx4 battery holder **
push button
silicon diode x 2
8 ohm speaker
1k ohm variable resistor
1k ohm resistor x 5
10 k ohm resistor x 5
51 k ohm x 5
120 k ohm x 5
1uf cap
10 uf cap
22 uf cap
100 uf cap
red led x 6
470 ohm resistor x 6

* Additional parts my be added, subtracted, or substituted at the last minute, subject to instructor discretion.

** Student is required to bring a 9-volt and 4AAs or 4AAA batteries. Exact requirements stated in the class announcement.

*** Lesson and all materials are in English. Japanese interpretation may be available upon request. Please inquire.

Price is:
1500 yen for the kit +
Members - 500 yen to instructor and 500 to THS
Non-members - 1000 to instructor and 1000 to THS

I am requesting comments from both previous attendants of the E101 class, as well as peers in the industry. Please post any comments you may have, to help make this manual better in the future.

I just stumbled upon this YouTube video:

How does he use a "blinking light bulb" as a substitute for the microcontroller/resistors/etc that we used in class?

Well, he explains it pretty well.
The Christmas flashing light in this circuit functions exactly the same as it would in a string of Christmas lights:

As the current passing through the lamp heats the element, it will cause two dissimilar metals to bend at different angles. At which point, they break contact, opening the circuit.
As soon as those two elements cool down, they will bend back, re-making the contact, and turning the LED on again.
Essentially, these lamp flashers are temperature controlled switches. However, its not AMBIENT temperature, but the temperature caused by current passing through the lamp.

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