Electronics Bucket List

BY Megan Hemmings 7/5/18 6:36 AM

Recently, one of my friends shared a picture of her annual bucket list that she created for her birthday. This got me thinking about all the things I continually tell myself I want to try and then never do. Not surprisingly, there were a bunch of items related to electronics on that list. So, in an effort to make them happen by putting them out to the universe, here’s my electronics bucket list.

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  1. Learn to use the Laser Cutter. At SparkFun, we have a laser cutter available for anyone in the building to use, with the proper training, of course. I’m sure there are a ton of projects I could do if I just knew how to use the thing.
  2. Try the 3D printer on my own. In a recent post, I talked about the first time I made something on the 3D printer. Feldi was nice enough to walk me through (read: do most of) the steps to printing a file I found online. Now I want to see if I can actually do them all on my own.
  3. Work through the entire SparkFun Inventor’s Kit (SIK) guidebook. Every new employee at SparkFun is given an SIK. I’m sad to say mine has never been opened. I’ve used the classroom kits we have on site to work through a few of the circuits, but it’s past time for me to actually open mine and finish the entire guidebook.
  4. Drive a robot that I built. There’s something so thrilling about seeing something you’ve built come to life. Somehow, a functional robot seems to be the epitome of this idea. Lucky for me, this one is easily completed by working my way through version 4 of the SIK.
  5. Play with micro:bit more. I’ve gotten to test out the micro:bit quite often since we started carrying it last year and I’ve had a lot of fun every time. As such, I want to spend some unstructured time seeing what I can do with it. Maybe I’ll even go crazy and try out the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit for micro:bit.
  6. Learn the function of basic electronic components. If it isn’t obvious already, I’m a complete novice to the world of physical computing and electronics. As such, I don’t really know what things are called or what purpose they serve. I’ve started working on this one with our “what is a…” blog series, but there is still so much to learn.

So there it is, my electronics bucket list...or at least the start of it. What does your electronics bucket list look like?