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Electronics as a hobby – getting started  

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Hobby electronics are popular with both adults and children and it’s never too late to start learning. Although it might seem like hard work, and perhaps not for the more impatient amongst us, there are many benefits to electronics.

These include developing problem-solving skills, a chance to unleash creativity and the satisfaction that comes with overcoming challenges. Children can also benefit from STEM learning when using electronics for coding and programming.  

If you’re keen on getting started in the world of electronics but are unsure where to begin, we’ve put together some top tips to help you dive in.  

Learn the basics  

There are plenty of resources out there to help you get onboard with the fundamentals of electronics. Video tutorials, online resources, books, and courses are available and many are free to access. It’s worth taking a look at some of these before investing further in an electronics hobby, especially if you’re unsure.  

Choose an all-in-one kit  

Beginning your hobby with an all-in-one product, such as the Raspberry Pi kit, is an ideal starter option as it means you won’t have to buy separate parts or components. You’ll have everything you need for your first project in one place- just choose your hardware platform and pick a kit to get going. You can always add parts to your kit later if you decide you want to take your electronics hobby further.  

Start with simple projects  

There are an array of materials online that can help guide you through your first project. Start with simple ideas such as light or audio creations, beginner robotics or controller builds. You’ll probably need to follow instructions closely for your first ones before moving onto moderate or difficult-rated projects or even your own designs.  

Once you’ve learnt the basics, it will become easier to think of your own builds and this is when you might need to start adding to your electronics kit. More advanced projects include home automation and self-driving cars.  

Find a tutor 

If you really want to advance your coding and electronics skills, look into getting a tutor or taking part in online or in-person classes. You might find you learn better when you can interact with a mentor and the kit being used and you’ll pick up useful tips and ideas from an expert.  

Getting into electronics can be enjoyable and rewarding and can allow you to access a community of like-minded people. Whether you’re building as a hobby, to learn new skills or to become a professional, there are many ways to immerse yourself in coding and programming.  

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