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I my name is Zach and I am a high school senior planning to study computer engineering in college. I want to learn more about electronics and was wondering if anybody had any good suggestions. I have a basic understanding of electricity from the advanced physics classes (AP physics I) Ive taken and have a fair knowledge of programming because my school has an agreement where I can take some college classes in Computer Science because they don't offer them. I have asked my counseller and they don't offer the same program for electronics or physics. Anybody have any suggestions, self study or other!

Thanks in Advance,


You probably won't like my answer but I'd recommend getting the textbook your college uses for their introductory Circuits class and starting to work through it. No, it's not exciting and you won't be blinking any lights or moving any robots, but you're going to get a headstart on getting a solid foundation in electronics. The fancy stuff can come later. If you're going to go the engineering route I'd suggest staying away from the "Teach Yourself Electronics in 30 Days" route. Students who think they know electronics (or have learned bad habits or unsound concepts) often have to unlearn material once they get to college, or they think they're electronics whizzes and don't have to pay attention in Circuits class then end up failing it.

The Gadget Shield: accelerometer, RGB LED, IR transmit/receive, speaker, microphone, light sensor, potentiometer, pushbuttons


A good start might be to get an Arduino kit and do the things they teach you. That gives you the chance to learn both electronics and programming, since the kits require both.

I bought the Earthshine Arduino starter kit, and liked it. But it looks like they are out of stock now. You might find some others.  

Then you might want to try some robotics. There is a $50 robot tutorial on societyofrobots.com that would teach you a lot.

Circuit textbooks can teach you a lot too. But the problem there is it requires a lot of motivation. I've never seen any student that could get anywhere with self-study (including myself) with a textbook.

Besides, you will have to take circuits in college. Why do it now, too?


Besides, you will have to take circuits in college. Why do it now, too?

By working ahead, once he gets to college Zach will be able to have more free time for girls.

The Aussie Shield: breakout all 28 pins to quick-connect terminals


"The Art of Electronics" by Horowitz and Hill is probably the best "textbook" ever written on practical electronics - it might not be ideal beginner material though.
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