Some MAKEcation soldering suggestions

Education Technology
Some MAKEcation soldering suggestions

We hope you and your family are having fun learning how to solder. If you are, take some pictures and load them to the MAKE Flickr pool. The first five people who load family soldering pics and tag them “MAKEcation” will get a free Maker’s Notebook.

To help give you some ideas for projects you can do, we’ve put together some of our favorites from the site. We tried to pick ones that are easy enough that a beginner can handle, but where you also get something useful (and/or fun) for your effort. If you are working on some soldering projects with the family, please tell us what they are in the comments.

Make a pocket LED cube – Weekend Projects Podcast
Make a pocket LED cube – Weekend Project PDFcast

Tiny Cylon Kit (one of the three kits in the Teach Your Family to Solder bundle)

MintyBoost USB Charger Kit v2.0

LED Micro-Readerboard Kit

Herbie the Mousebot Kit

Make a Joule Thief – Weekend Projects Video Podcast
Many other Joule Thief projects on Make: Online

How-To: Build BEAM vibrobots

How-To: Build BEAM vibrobots

LED Hula Hoop
Maker Shed also offers an LED Hula Hoop kit with everything you need.

In the Maker Shed:


And don’t forget, the Maker Shed has a special “Teach Your Family to Solder” bundle:

Our MAKEcation Family Solder Bundle is a fun collection of electronic kits that will have you soldering like a pro in no time. Each bundle includes 3 easy to solder kits, a Maker’s Notebook, and MAKE, Volume 01 featuring a great learn to solder tutorial.

4 thoughts on “Some MAKEcation soldering suggestions

  1. flexo says:

    The link to the solarroller is missing the “.html” at the end :)

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Fixed. Thanks.

Comments are closed.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

View more articles by Gareth Branwyn


Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 - Mare Island, CA

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Buy Tickets today! SAVE 15% and lock-in your preferred date(s).