While I'm hesitant to make a new thread over a subject that's undoubtedly been gone over many a time, it's the best way I can think of for confirmation that I'm doing this correctly.
I'm new to the Arduino world and fairly new to DIY electronics. I did take a class in high school on it about 14 years ago so I get what a resistor, capacitor, and transistors, etc are and have a vague recollection of how they work but that's about it.
What I'm trying to do is run a 12v solenoid. I found a wealth of resources on this both right here on this very forum and other places on the net and I think I've got the idea but would love confirmation, if anyone would be so kind.
Note: I noticed that I have the ground and 5v backwards on the breadboard. So ignore that bit :)