I get a vicarious thrill from watching young Makers’ eyes light up as brightly as the LEDs in the conductive dough they are working with. But that feeling is too often followed by a sense of shared frustration at the increased difficulty when they switch to a solderless breadboard.

To ease the transition, I have called back to duty the springboard, a 50-year-old relic that’s difficult to find commercially these days, but is easy and cheap to make. The layout of this model is designed to mimic that of a breadboard for ease in graduating to the next level, making the world of breadboarding a much happier place for all.