February 20, 2010 AT 12:06 pm

Tonight 10pm ET – “Ask an Engineer” – Make: Electronics night! + MONOCHRON

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Tonight, Saturday 2/20/2010 – 10pm ET – “Ask an Engineer” – our weekly LIVE video chat!

What is “Ask an engineer”? From the electronics enthusiast to the professional community – “Ask an Engineer” has a little bit of everything for everyone. If you’re a beginner, or an seasoned engineer – stop in and see what we’re up to! We have demos of projects and products we’re working on, we answer you engineering and electronics questions and we have a trivia question + give away each week.

This week we’ll go through some of chapters one of the books we stock “Make: Electronics by Charles Platt” We checked out this book before putting it in the shop, its geared towards ultimate-beginners and teaches electronics starting from basic core of analog to some digital to microcontrollers. You’ll learn tools, prototyping soldering techniques, transistors, 555’s, etc. while completing useful projects. A nice and tidy intro! This book is a good accompaniment to learning microcontrollers/Arduino in that it fills the necessary electronics theory and background.

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Next up tonight, we’ll have a demo of our new kit we’re about to release the MONOCHRON. If you’d like to order it we’ll have a discount code and this will be the last week you can pre-order it at this price.

Chat details!

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  • There will be a trivia question at the end of the night as always!
  • Rules of the chat: be nice, add value, stay on topic (engineering and electronics).

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  1. “its geared towards ultimate-beginners…”

    At first glance while flipping through the pages the ultimate beginner would say say “huh?” but the way it’s written or I should say the way it was “pieced together” is top notch.

    Everything is a building block of the project before and because of the not so “dumb downed” style of writing going back and re-reading the lessons feels fresh and little more informative each time!

    I give it three thumbs up šŸ™‚

  2. Good book however due to physical limitations I give only 2 thumbs up!

  3. Wish you guys could do the chat earlier, it’s like 4 AM for me :(.

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