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Best Resources for Learning Electronics


 

We are currently living in the information age, which means that there is no reason you can’t find all of the knowledge you need to become an expert in the field. Even if you have no idea what a circuit is or what it’s made of, these resources will get you started on learning electronics and take you from newbie to veteran in no time.

Let’s see what wealth of information is out there waiting for you.

Best Resources for Learning Electronics

 

Books For Learning Electronics

Although most of us prefer to use technology to find what we need, there is only so much we can learn by staring at a computer screen. Books allow you to dive deeper into a subject and can allow you to absorb the data faster. Here are the top three books about electronics that can help you on your way.

 

Getting Started in Electronics – Forrest M.Mims

Colloquially known as the “Engineer’s Notebook,” this read will take you from the core components of any electric system and help you apply that knowledge to almost any circuit out there. Best of all, it discusses both analog and digital electronics so that you can master building anything from scratch.

 

Make Electronics – Charles Platt

For many people, they learn best by doing. With this book, it offers step by step instructions on how to build circuits, from the most rudimentary to the most complicated. If you can complete all of the exercises in this book, you will have a better understanding of electronics than most engineers.

 

Practical Electronics for Inventors – Paul Scherz

While building circuits and following instructions is a great way to get started, it won’t necessarily enable you to create your own visionary ideas. With this book, you can apply all of that knowledge to build electronics from page to motherboard.

 

We outlined 10 Simple Steps To Learning Electronics

 

Podcasts For Learning Electronics

These days, there are thousands of podcasts out there on a vast array of subjects. So, why not use them to learn electronics as well? While some people may not learn as well by listening, those who do will appreciate getting insight from some of the top engineering minds out there. Here are three that are worth a subscribe.

 

The Spark Gap Podcast

This outlet breaks down various elements of electronics for the layman, which can help you figure out how to utilize these components in your work. They have an extensive library of archived material, and they present it in an engaging way.

 

Embedded.fm

While this podcast focuses more on the future of electronics (specifically, wearables), it’s a great place to hear how various ideas and terms can be brought to life. It can serve as inspiration for your most creative and ambitious projects.

 

AddOhms Video Tutorials

If you prefer some visuals with your podcast, then you will appreciate the easy-to-follow videos that are presented here. It’s a great way to see electronics go from theory to action and it can help you figure out the most complex components with ease.

 

 

Websites For Learning Electronics

While reading books and listening to experts can provide a significant foundation for learning electronics, you will probably want something a little more interactive. Fortunately, there is no shortage of high-quality sites out there that can teach you a thing or two about circuitry and electricity. Here are the top options.

 

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

If you want to get started in this field, you need to learn the fundamentals, right? Well, where better to get your instruction than from the academics at Rice University. While this is technically an online course, it will help you understand the basics and apply that knowledge in real-world terms.

 

EEVBlog

This site is dedicated to the fields of electronics and engineering, so it speaks to people of all skill levels. Whether you’re still a novice or you’ve become an expert, you can find plenty to engage your inquisitive side on this site. Best of all, they have a corresponding YouTube channel where you can watch all of this information more engagingly.

 

Instructables

As we mentioned, one of the best ways to learn something is to do it, and Instructables is all about providing you with the tools you need to get started. While you will have to bring the equipment, the site will offer a variety of project ideas and schematics that you can follow.

 

Sparkfun

Considering that you can buy almost all of your electronic components here, it’s a great way to make the most out of your project templates that you find elsewhere. Almost anything is available for purchase, so don’t let your creativity hold you back.

 

 

Online Classes For Learning Electronics

Browsing around a blog or a website is an excellent way to pique your interest, but chances are that you don’t have the discipline or the expertise to create a curriculum that you can follow. Since most websites are built with generic content in mind, it’s challenging to figure out how to make a step-by-step protocol.

So, if you’re looking for some added structure to your lessons, then why not take an online class? Here are some great places to get started.

 

Creation Crate’s Online Classroom

Our online classroom offers an entire component library and three free lessons for starting your journey in learning electronics.

Lesson 1 – Getting Started With Electronics
Lesson 2 – Getting Started With Arduino
Lesson 3 – Getting Started With Coding

 

Udemy

Another excellent place to find online courses is Udemy. This site specializes in allowing instructors and pupils to find each other, and electronics is one of the areas of study. You can discover a wide range of classes, from Basic Electronics for Arduino Makers to Robotics, Learn by Building.

The nice thing about Udemy is that it offers a plethora of courses so that you can learn both the fundamentals and any niche that sparks your passion. Whether it’s robotics or gadgets, you’re sure to find something that entices you and keeps you engaged.

 

 

Youtube Channels For Learning Electronics

Watching video tutorials is one of the best ways to learn a new subject. You get visual stimulation, and the topic can be broken down into smaller, more manageable bites for easier processing. YouTube has hundreds of channels from which to choose, but here are the ones that we feel are the best at teaching electronics.

 

Creation Crate

Our Youtube channel is uploaded weekly with new video tutorials. These component tutorial videos will help you learn the ins and outs of some of the most popular components out there. Along with component tutorial videos, you will find project ideas and other Creation Crate announcements. Click here to go to our channel and subscribe!

 

 

Make

With over a million subscribers, this is one of the highest rated channels on the site. If you’re interested in applying your knowledge to various maker projects, then this is the place for you. Make sponsors all kinds of seminars and makerspaces; you can also find a real-world location to discover your talent for building electronics.

 

Great Scott!

This channel is more of a mixed bag for electronics enthusiasts, which makes it ideal for both beginners and veterans. There are plenty of how-to videos, as well as more specialized instructions for advanced projects. It’s a place where you can learn more about the subject while also finding some incredible ways to use that knowledge for fun and engagement.

 

MJLorton

Founded by engineer Martin Lorton, this channel is dedicated to those who learned electronics the old-fashioned way – by doing it. Thus, these videos can speak to you on a better level because it’s not geared towards people who went to school to learn everything. Figuring things out on your own is one of the reasons why electronics is enticing, so let these videos continue to spark your interest.

 

Hackaday

While building things as they are supposed to be created is ideal for your foundation, sometimes you just want to hack something into greatness. This channel posts a hack a day (hence the name), utilizing a variety of components, including the Arduino or Raspberry Pi. Learn something new while also making the most out of your current projects.