Found 30th Nov 2014
Hi I'm looking some kind of electronic kit for my dad. Just a wee gift. Last year I got him one of those Haynes engines to build.. Well he enjoyed doing it but only took him an hour or so.. So I know he was looking at a small kit for making an fm radio but I know he would have it built in an hour also. So my question is does anyone know any small kits like these but a little harder.. I was thinking rasberry pi but he doesn't know computers very well and definitely not programing.. A little advice or a point towards a direction would be great

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Raspberry Pi ?

rogparki

Raspberry Pi ?




trilock

I was thinking rasberry pi but he doesn't know computers very well and … I was thinking rasberry pi but he doesn't know computers very well and definitely not programing..

Could be a challenge for him ? the Haynes obviously wasn't .:) Maybe Maplins might have something - in my day it was "Heathkit" -build your own transistor radio-

Edited by: "rogparki" 30th Nov 2014

what about something a little more advanced for him such as getting a book like dummies guide to electronics and a general electronics pack including bread board from ebay. they're available quite cheaply with a large selection of varied components if so can do their own thing using the book as a guide

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MrT that is actually a great idea with that book and a small starter kit. Thank u for ur time to help

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Rogparki.. It was maplins I seen the radio kit but just needed something that would be a little tougher to do... When I was in maplins I asked about more types of kits but they started into the pi board, but said they need a little computer work with them... Which is where he would get stumped.... Thank you for your reply

trilock

MrT that is actually a great idea with that book and a small starter kit. … MrT that is actually a great idea with that book and a small starter kit. Thank u for ur time to help

you are very welcome I did the same thing for a family member last Christmas and they are now doing an electronics degree. Some eBay kits include a projects booklet but that link doesn't so if cost it is an issue have a look at a few others before buying a book etc

The oomlout kids are really well put together:
oomlout.co.uk/col…rdx

We (local hackspace) used to run weekend courses for adults who wanted to learn electronics based around these kits, they have a nice instruction book with guidance on circuits to make and what code to write to get it working.
Is also a good base to add to over time and do more with, once you complete the examples.

Alternatively you could see if you have a local hackspace and contact them to see if they run courses.
Hackspace are groups of people who all contribute to rent a space and then buy equipment to all share, but a lot will run courses, run by the members who will typically be engineers etc, which helps with the clubs finances.
He might find a weekend of tuition along with a kit would be a good way to get started with more in depth electronics.

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katg

The oomlout kids are really well put … The oomlout kids are really well put together:http://oomlout.co.uk/collections/arduino/products/arduino-starter-kit-ardxWe (local hackspace) used to run weekend courses for adults who wanted to learn electronics based around these kits, they have a nice instruction book with guidance on circuits to make and what code to write to get it working. Is also a good base to add to over time and do more with, once you complete the examples. Alternatively you could see if you have a local hackspace and contact them to see if they run courses. Hackspace are groups of people who all contribute to rent a space and then buy equipment to all share, but a lot will run courses, run by the members who will typically be engineers etc, which helps with the clubs finances. He might find a weekend of tuition along with a kit would be a good way to get started with more in depth electronics.





I have looked at these kits as well , but my concern is programming.... he first got introduced to computers a year ago and still finds some things tricky... so to even mention writing code might be a push

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just want to say thanks to you all for your friendly and informative advice and links

Quadcopter a are fun as they need to be set up and you can use them loads once built
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