DIY electronics projects range from building robotic toys to complex devices like remote-controlled lawn mowers. Projects can be educational, automotive, phone-related, or computer-related. Kits and online tutorials are available for beginners, while advanced hobbyists can build devices like LED traffic lights or digital stopwatches. Science kits sold in surplus stores can also provide educational and entertaining projects.
DIY electronics projects often involve kits and blueprints for making robotic toys and remote controls. Some people prefer to build electronics projects from scratch, without using sketches or prototypes. Using various components, a robot can be complex or simplistic. Students often take part in electronic projects for science fair assignments, and these can include anything from building an electronic timer to a loudspeaker. Complicated electronics projects for experienced hobbyists can include building a remote-controlled lawn mower or vacuum cleaner.
Electronic projects fall into categories such as fun and entertainment, educational, automotive, or phone-related. Computer-related electronics projects are popular among students studying information technology. These projects may involve building printer cables or infrared receivers.
Intermediate electronics projects for students often include building a transistor radio. This type of project is typically built from scratch with various components that can be purchased at an electronics supply store. A radio can also be built from a kit. Children are encouraged to seek adult assistance and supervision while working on such projects.
Building a combination lock is another of the many electronic projects that adults can work on. Several components will be needed to build the electronic lock, including resistors, transistors, and microswitches. Students will require adult supervision for this project, as they will need to work with a welder. Complete instructions can be found online or in various electronic project manuals.
Advanced hobbyists can enjoy electronic projects like building a miniature light-emitting diode (LED) traffic light. The red, amber and green LEDs are required to assemble the traffic light. Kits are available for this project and this helps take the guesswork out for the novice DIY enthusiast.
A digital stopwatch can be built from scratch or from an electronic kit. The materials used are resistors, x-board, jump cables and a microcontroller. A battery pack will be needed to operate the homemade device. Online tutorials and short videos can help explain how to build these electronic devices at home. Many people also find ideas by downloading electronic books (e-books) online, usually for minimal cost.
Science kits are often sold in science surplus stores and outlets. These kits are created to be educational as well as entertaining for adults. Unusual items sold at science supply stores may include an electronic lie detector kit or a rain detector kit. Solar-powered electronic kits are also sold in many science supply stores.