Intro to Electrical Engineering & Electronics Merit Badge*

*You don't have to be in Scouts to participate in this class. For those who are in Scouts, we will cover most of the requirements for the Electronics Merit Badge, though some at-home research may also be required to complete the workbook (see Electronics Merit Badge Guidelines for more information). Merit Badges® and Scouts® are registered trademarks owned by Boy Scouts of America.

This class is a great way to get started learning about Electrical Engineering!

We begin with the very basics: voltage, current, resistance, using a multimeter, and building circuits on a breadboard. Then we work our way up to build a really cool electronic circuit that you will eventually solder together and take home with you. Yes, you heard right: soldering.

First you'll build an electronic musical instrument that can be played without touching. Then by adding a few more electronic components to the circuit, it becomes the crazy-sounding Theremin Outer Space Siren, which gets it's unique sound by allowing the electricity to flow through your hand. The resistance of your skin becomes part of the electrical circuit!

From resistors to capacitors and diodes to integrated circuit chips, you will not believe how much you are going to learn in this class.

Electrical Engineering is also available as a Project Kit with an online learning course.

CONCEPT EXPOSURE

PRACTICAL SKILLS

Note: There is a slight risk of minor burns when soldering. However, we have never had any issues with soldering other than the occasional accidental touch of the hand causing a small blister burn.

 
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