In 2008 and 2009, Make: produced a wonderful series of videos, called MAKE Presents, done by the inimitable Collin Cunningham. The idea was to create a series of highly entertaining, user-friendly, and informative videos that would explain the rudiments of electronics — the basic components, tools, and processes used. Collin delivered all of that and more, making the series an early YouTube “hit” for Make:. These videos are too good to forget, and so thought we’d resurface them.
Here are ten of our favorites. You can see all of the series and some related content on this link. I also put links below to the original posts. There’s not much additional content on those links, but some of the posts have lengthy reader discussion that’s worth checking out if you want to delve deeper.
The simple inductor coil stores the energy in an electromagnetic field that makes transformers, electromagnets, and other components possible
The Integrated Circuit
Voltage, Current, and Resistance, three important electrical properties, elegantly intertwined in a simple equation; V = IR, aka Ohm’s Law.
The Digital Multimeter
Collin Cunningham now works at Adafruit Industries and continues to do videos, including a continuation of his Collin’s Lab series that he started at Make:. You can access that playlist here.
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