What is a Capacitor?

Capacitors are used to store energy. But they aren’t batteries. So what are they used for and how do they work?... Continue reading

What is a Switch? And SO MUCH MORE

BY Maya Kleinbort 1/29/19 6:28 AM

What is a

One of the most elementary and easy-to-overlook circuit component is the switch.  Switches don’t require any fancy equations to evaluate. All they do is select between an open circuit and a short ... Continue reading

What is a Servo?

A servo, short for servomechanism or servomotor, is a simple mechanism that adds movement to any electronics project. This useful motor, originally found in remote-controlled cars and airplanes, is ... Continue reading

How To Use SparkFun gator:boards

The SparkFun gator:board ecosystem is an amazing set of development and prototyping boards for students. The ecosystem interfaces with the micro:bit and all electrical connections are accessible via ... Continue reading

What is a Potentiometer?

 If you want to create a project with a variable element - such as light or sound- chances are, you’re going to need a potentiometer. But what is a potentiometer and how do they work?... Continue reading

What is a Photoresistor?

So you have an idea for a project, but it requires the end product to react to the light around it...whatever will you do? Luckily there is a simple component that can be used to make this happen: a ... Continue reading

What is a Jumper Wire?

Jumper wires are extremely handy components to have on hand, especially when prototyping. But what are they?... Continue reading

What is a Resistor?

Resistors are crucial components in just about every circuit, but how much do you actually know about them? We’re taking a look at this basic electronic component to figure out what they are and how ... Continue reading

What is an LED?

It seems that everything these days has an LED in it. But what are LEDs, and why are they so popular? Let’s take a look.... Continue reading

What is a Breadboard?

Breadboards are essential tools when learning electronics or prototyping new designs. But what exactly are they? Let's take a closer look.... Continue reading

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