In Summation

Introduction: In Summation

About: My name is Randy and I am a Community Manager in these here parts. In a previous life I had founded and run the Instructables Design Studio (RIP) @ Autodesk's Pier 9 Technology Center. I'm also the author of…

We have come to the end of the class. As we look back on all that we have accomplished, it is important to remember that the real journey is just beginning. You should now have the knowledge and skills to set out on your own. Don't be afraid to explore, experiment and try new things. Also, do not get discouraged at setbacks or fear the 'magic smoke' that you encounter when building circuits. We have all been there.

With the prevalence of electronic devices around us, you no longer have to be just a user of said devices, but are free to be a creator as well. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Use your skills for good, and for increasing the happiness of yourself and others. After all, aside from all of the frustration involved in learning about electronics, what it is all really about at the end of the day is happiness and joy.

That is my story, and I am sticking to it.

Step 1: Going Further

Follows are some suggestion of projects you can try with your new skills.

A simple and fun place to start to reinforce your newfound skills, while picking up some new knowledge would be with a Laser Spirograph or the Discreet Pants Fly Checker.

You can also try your hands at robotics by building some Simple Bots or enrolling in the Robots Class.

If you want some practice working with transistors and integrated circuits, you can try building a Guitar Pedal.

If you just want to try your hand at another project with the 555 chip, how about a Metronome?

If you are really looking for a challenge you can try this advanced Analog Synthesizer.

Or perhaps you want to go further beyond analog electronics and discover microcontrollers like the Arduino.

Once you get the hang of that, you can even try some basic Arduino projects like a Self-Watering Plant or a Mystery Beeping Prank.

Step 2: Share

Hopefully those projects get the creative juices flowing as we bid each other farewell.

Before you go, please take a moment to post a picture of your favorite project that you have made in this class, and give me some feedback.

I would love to know any of the following:

What electronics project you are thinking about tackling next?

What would electronics subject would you like to know more about?

Any other feedback you would like to share.

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