Getting Started with Breadboarding

Using a solderless breadboard is an important skill for hobby electronics. Nick Raymond explained the ins and outs of breadboards and how to use them at several sessions at Maker Faire NYC.

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“What’s the point of breadboarding?” people ask. As Nick explains, even if you’ve learned to solder, it’s easy to make a mistake. Breadboarding lets you work out the bugs while you are developing your circuit.

Nick speaks from experience. Four years ago, his mechanical engineering background didn’t prepare him for working with electronics. Since joining MAKE, he’s had to learn. He assembled his own CNC machine, along with an electronics kit necessary to control the motors.

“Breadboarding is essential for me,” says Nick.

In this presentation, Nick explores common questions about breadboarding:

  • Why use a breadboard at all?
  • How does it work?
  • What types of breadboards should I use for my project?
  • Why won’t my circuit work?
  • What do I do next?

Breadboards aren’t very expensive, and they’ll save you time and avoid frustration in the long run. So check it out, and get yourself started on a basic skill that will serve you well for years to come.

(Nick presented this talk a few times during Maker Faire weekend. I selected the version of the video I felt best represented his content.)


Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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