With it being Chrstmas I've decided to help IET members with a present idea. I just found out about this cool open source electrical engineering kit for the young, and young at heart, called the Arduino
. They describe their prodcut as:
Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
So it seems to me to be the eqivalent of a Raspberry Pi
for electrical engineering.
They have a series of excellent turorial videos on YouTube which are really good at both telling you how to make things on the product as well as explaining the basic concepts of electrical engineering. As someone who know enough about electrical engineering to write it on the back of a stamp in marker pen, I certainly learned a lot.
So for all of you IET members looking for a christmas gift for you children/grand children this has to be high on your list. Remember you should buy it, not because they want it, but because its good for them.