Learning to solder at the Faire

Learning to solder at the Faire

One of my favorite features of Maker Faire Bay Area was the Maker Shed soldering merit badges and the Learn to Solder tent. It looks like it’s a similar hit in Detroit. Marc de Vinck shares this great Maker Faire moment:

Marc (asking a kid): “Did you learn to solder? Was it fun?”
Kid: “Yeah! Mom, I want solder for Christmas.”

Hear that, Santa? The kids want solder for Christmas!

Do YOU know how to solder yet? It’s a lot easier than you think. We have tons of resources here on MAKE to get you started. Here are a few:


In the Maker Shed:


Learn to Solder kit
Comes with a 30w soldering iron, wire cutters, and a soldering practice kit.

2 thoughts on “Learning to solder at the Faire

  1. Don B says:

    Hey, that’s me, my wife, and two boys at the right in your picture, talking to the helpful volunteer. We had a lot of fun there, and both boys (8 and 10) wanted to know when they were going to get to solder again.

    Maker Faire was terrific, do it again!

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