Electronics Merit Badge: Kit from electronicsmb.com

 

I’m teaching the Electronics Merit badge for Troop 6 this summer. We will be building a kit from www.electronicsmb.com to meet the requirements. My son is part of the class and we did his kit as a practice run… He’d only been awake for a few minutes that morning, but he was ready to go!

If you are building this kit, the instructions are here: http://electronicsmb.com/ElectronicKit.htm – look for “Class 4: Building Kit / Soldering”

Opening the bag…

Parts sorted…
Instructions ready…
The ATTINY ready to be soldered…
Carefully soldering IC pins, and commenting that Dad’s Hakko iron is MUCH better than the Harbor Freight iron he started with…
Its not in his mouth, just the photo angle…
Inserting the LEDs – with the correct polarity
Inspecting the LEDs to make sure they are flush…
all the LED leads are bent over…
Someone just learned that LED leads stay hot for a while… He’s not letting me see that it hurt… I feel bad, but it is an essential part of learning – I did not hold his hands – he built it himself.
Sometimes the solder gets stuck in the joint – don’t remove the iron and the solder at the same time – keep the iron on the joint for another second after removing the solder…
Soldering in the resistors…
Finishing up the with the capacitor and switches…
All components installed and soldered…
Battery pack soldered – the only component that is soldered on this side of the board…
Mounted in the box…

3 thoughts on “Electronics Merit Badge: Kit from electronicsmb.com

  1. William Teegarden

    Thank you for posting this. What a GREAT page! I can’t wait to get kits and presentation materials together to teach the Electronics Merit Badge to our Scouts in Troop 68!

    William Teegarden
    Troop 68
    Merit Badge Counselor Baden-Powell Council
    Electronics / Computers / Cycling

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  2. JASON S

    Thanks for posting this! I’m slated to teach the Electronic MB at our MB clinic in January. My class will be three 50 minute classes. Do you have words of advice for teaching this MB. E.g. order of material? Because I know I’m short on time,and want to avoid rushing the last Saturday.
    I appreciate your advice!
    Jason

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    1. iancole Post author

      Suggestions
      – Have them do as much of the reading / worksheets in advance as possible
      – Break up the sessions with the soldering – the soldering will get them excited / interested enough to get through the rest of the material
      – We are doing another run on Dec 15th – feel free to ping me at ian.cole at gmail dot com after that and I can share any recent learning.

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