Electronic Playground

Posted: March 25, 2014
Electronic Playground
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Electronic Playground. I'm seeing printed circuit board mazes, transistor & diode climbing walls, and ribbon cable slides. Monkey bars that individually alight in a spasm of LEDs. At least that's what I'm seeing in my head. What I'm seeing before me is a laptop-sized board with metal coils and other doohickeys jutting out from it that doesn't seem nearly as exciting for children ages 10 and up than a merry-go-round in the shape of a giant working joystick. Oh well, this Electronic Playground teaches our youth, plus our adults who never learned stuff in their youth, the basics of the circuit world. Voltage, capacitors, transistors, currents, resistance. It includes diagrams for 51 different experiments, some of which might even be as cool as a huge wall that plays sound effects every time someone kicks a ball against it.

The Electronic Playground gives users step-by-step guidance on how to create the circuits that form many common electronic devices, such a keyboards, transistor radios, alarms, voltmeters, and finger-touch lamps. Components simply snap onto its built-in breadboard, so no external tools or soldering is required. A 76-page illustrated instruction manual is included.

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