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Enroll to get:

  • 12 lessons accessible anytime, anywhere
  • Learn by doing with hours of project focused instruction
  • Complete material lists and downloadable project resources
  • One-on-One help with your questions

While it may seem intimidating at first, learning electronics is fun and easy.

In the first three lessons I introduce new tools, skills and concepts. In the remainder of the class, a new electronic component is introduced in each lesson.

In addition to providing an overview of an important aspect of electronics, each lesson concludes with a project. This allows you to learn about basic electronics in a hands-on manner.

I hope you will take the time and come build a circuit with me.

With the skills you learn in this class, you can enter the Green Electronics Contest!

About the Teacher

Randy Sarafan is an artist, designer, inventor, and founder of the Instructables Design Studio. Over the last 10 years he has created hundreds of step-by-step tutorials on diverse subjects ranging from pancakes to self-driving robotic queen-sized beds. He has authored two books, 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and Simple Bots.

His work has been showcased by the NY Times, Popular Mechanics, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, NPR, the BBC, Core77, Boing Boing, and the National Examiner (to name a few). He currently splits his time between Brooklyn, NY and the internet.


Lesson 1: Getting Started with Electronics

Welcome to the wild world of electronics. Learn about what you need to begin.

Lesson 2: Electronics Tools and Materials

An overview of the required tools and materials.

Lesson 3: Soldering

A crash course in the fundamentals of soldering.

Lesson 4: Electricity

Covering the basics on electricity and circuits.

Lesson 5: Switches

Everything you ever wanted to know about switches and more.

Lesson 6: Resistors

Deciphering resistors and what to do with them.

Lesson 7: Capacitors

An introduction to your friend the capacitor.

Lesson 8: Inductors

Begin to unravel the mystery that is inductors.

Lesson 9: Diodes

Learn about both diodes and LEDs.

Lesson 10: Transistors

An overview of the basic building block of modern computing.

Lesson 11: Integrated Circuits

Chips are not just a party snack. Discover what integrated circuits have to offer.

Lesson 12: In Summation

A brief summation of the course. Share what you have learned.