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Transparent solderless breadboard

Recently I’ve been helping a friend’s 11-year-old daughter get started in electronics. The use of a solderless breadboard was counterintuitive to her until I gave her one of these clear-cased versions, available through Solarbotics. As she puts it, “you can see where the metal is.”

14 thoughts on “Transparent solderless breadboard

  1. That’s great! You have found a tool that will make learning easier and more enjoyable for her.

    I think we should all take someone under our wing and show them how interesting and fun building stuff is, whether it is electronics, something mechanical, art, a sweater or whatever.

    Maybe you could start a Mentor-a-Maker program… wait, maybe I should start a Mentor-a-Maker program… :-)

  2. This is great, they should all be transparent. I remember first time I got one and was trying to figure out “where the metal is”. :)

    1. More than once I’ve been frustrated by a solderless breadboard that looked similar to one I was familiar with but had very subtly different configuration.

      Especially the power and ground rails.

  3. I spend a lot of time with people who’ve never seen a breadboard before, and when I saw those for the first time, I was thrilled. Breadboarding is easy, once you get the hang of it, but it’s hardly intuitive. People vary considerably in the time that it takes them to “get it”.

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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