I'm new to this website where do I start?

I'm just getting into technology and I'm interested in how things work and more importantly, how to build them. I'm really excited to get started; but I don't want to bite off more than I can chew- suggestions? Where do I start?

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KaydenST5 years ago
Well, start with the topic that YOU like. Other peple answering this question (I do not intend to criticize ANYONE) may not have the same interests as you, but some might. Just start simple. Don't have your first project be, let's say for example, building a windmill to generate electricity. Start with, let's say, building a simple steam engine or what the principles behind the project are. Don't just jump into stuff.
venom15396 years ago
I'm also like that, I started this account not to long ago and i have learnt many different things that you can't learn in everyday life (for example: how to make a snare trap). I come to this site whenever I find out about something interesting and want to know more or if i need some ideas (like for a prank to do on april 1st).
joe.esq16 years ago
just dig in, and enjoy, try as many of the ibles you are able to, or can afford, and vote for great ideas, and learn from others mistakes.
 Please i started on tis site like a month and a half ago and i am ADDICTED to it already 
if i have any questions or ideas i just post it and get answers 
dont bother asking family or friends
Danger! Danger! Will Robinson. You will soon become addicted to this site! You will meet kind and helpful creative people. Enter at your own risk.
dagenius8 years ago
Look around at interesting 'ibles, to see how they are structured. Comment on the ones which have good conversations. Really, just get yourself accustomed to how things work before making an instructable on something that you want other people to help you with, just to document it, or simply for fun.
You should start by exploring around the site and seeing all the things that you can do on it. There are contests and lots of other great things to do on Instructables. A good way to get as much as you can out of this website is by clicking on the explore on the top of your screen. Also, try reading some of the messages the Instructables Robot sends you when you create your account.
Click explore.
How about some inspiration and education printed on dead trees? I highly recommend The Way Things Work, by David Macaulay. (He has also written the version The New Way Things Work and various experiment guides, but the original book is still excellent and much cheaper used.)

This book diagrams and explains the inner workings of hundreds of simple and complex machines in an easy and entertaining way. The pictures are big and the words are small. You can explain holography, air conditioners, or electric can openers to a 10-year-old. You'll feel ready to take on the whole Instructables site after a few weeks of flipping through this book.

Also, it has mammoths. Yes, even nuclear physics is much better with mammoths.
hey i own that book
lemonie8 years ago
Similar to other comments Explore, look at what others have done and said, you'll get the idea.

Kiteman8 years ago

Lurk around the forums (join in when you feel like it), watch the recently-published projects, and pay attention to the ones that get featured.

Search for the keywords that interest you - do you like paper planes or soup? PCBs or welding?

When you have a feel for the place, and for how to write a decent instructable, go for it. Remember to take plenty of pictures and write clearly.

Ask questions when you need to, even if you feel like a noob doing so. Use the PM system to ask questions in private if you want.

And don't worry if you don't start churning out featurable projects by the end of the week - some of our best-loved members waited months before posting any projects.
phalanx4478 years ago
Hello! Welcome! Isn't this place great?

The best question is going to be this- what are you interested in?

I like gizmos and electronic stuff, so I do a lot of looking around in the science/tech area. The best thing I would say is think of something you would be interested in working with, hitting it up on the search bar, and going to town. LEDs are a good place to start- lots of fun, it's show-off-able, and they're cheap.

Here are some of the things I started with.

The Awsome LED Cube- a staple for starters. Real simple, and pretty impressive looking.

BeetleBot v. 2.0- an awesome little robot that moves on its own and goes around obstacles. Real simple, and it costs about $15 USD. I'm not sure what your education level is, but for this guy, you don't need to understand electricity fully. The gentleman who wrote it did a great job on explaning things. I learned a lot.

The Joule Thief- This one I'm still trying to wrap my head around how it works, but I have built three and use them as night lights. They're pretty interesting, be sure to research it. It is real simple and pretty interesting.

The Home Made Sun Jar- this is is a little more expensive, about $35 or so, but it is real impressive. It is a favorite of mine for gift giving. I keep four around my apartment.

That's where I started off, and from there I have branched out and done a few projects of my own. A good thing that I like doing is adding my own twist to a project, usually along the lines of "I think it would be a little more useful this way ", like in the case of the LED cube, I added a tilt switch, rather than a push button, and a few other things here and there.

Hope this helps!
ewilhelm8 years ago
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