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Help to teach a 12 year old about electronics

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picnut

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Hi.
A friend of mine has a son about 12 years old. He has built a few kits successfuly (from Maplin) but none of them really tells him how they work.
What he is looking for is a book (or construction kit) which would be suitable for building his own small projects, probably on plug-in breadboard which can explain how they work.
I've suggested him getting back-issues of EPE for the Teach-In 2000 series, however, any suggestions you have would be most welcome.

Thanks.
 

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best single book

The best beginners book would be any Amateur Radio Handbook. Either from the US ARRL or from the UK RSGB. That is how I got my start as a school child and it ended up with me making my living in electronics.

In conjuction with this, Radio Shack at least in the past had project kits where there is a board with spring connections between parts that are wired together in different ways for each project. I do not know if these are still available.
 

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Thanks for the info. I'll pass it onto my friend.
 

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Book by Marwin Tepper is good to start
 

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If you want to play at it on the computer. I would recommend Crocodile Physics as a cheap fun eda tool. It is used a lot in schools in the UK. Nice animated components, Leds etc explode when too much current applied, Cool!.
 

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