Inspirational Words from Star Simpson on Getting Started with Electronics via @make @starsandrobots


At 14 years old I found my first book on electronics — published by the Tandy Corporation, which later became Radio Shack. I didn’t know it then, but it would form the basis of my understanding of electronics, something that has turned out to be quite important in my life.

Whether you’re a young maker with an origin story similar to hers or an older maker just diving into the field of electronics and maker culture, Star Simpson has some great inspirational tips for anyone interested in learning electronics over on the Make: blog. In short order, they are:

  • First, babble
  • Learn to “read” hardware
  • Play brain games
  • Build stuff!
  • Stand on the shoulders of giants
    Read her blog to understand how she defines each of those notions.

    You should also give a listen to Star’s recent appearance on the O’Reilly Radar podcast discussing PCBs, designing beautiful circuits, and her now-live crowdfunding initiative Circuit Classics.

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