Month 10 – DIY Pressured Drink Coaster
DIY Pressured Coaster Tutorial
Learn how to make a DIY Pressured Coaster kit that will allow you to see how much pressure of water you have left in your glass. Or, you can weight any other object that can fit on your coaster! It lights up and flickers in a multitude of different colors.
DIY Pressured Coaster Q&A
Why isn’t it working? Why am I still dehydrated? Find out more about these questions and more in this Q&A installment where we’ll go over all things here!
Month 10 Skill Guides
This is a short but very insightful video on what pressure sensors are and how they affect the DIY LED Pressured Coaster we’ve built this month.
The Clean Hot Glue Tutorial
You think hot glue guns are trivial? Trust me their not as there are a ton of new things you never knew about them. It’s pretty amazing! Check it out here. It’ll help your coaster work better.
Month 9 – DIY Minecraft Torch
DIY Minecraft Torch Tutorial
Learn how to make a DIY Minecraft Torch Kit that will light up and bright up any dark space you face! At the end of the day, you’ll be able to amaze yourself and your friends with a torch that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also very bright!”
DIY Minecraft Torch Q&A
How do you position the LEDs? How do you setup the Minecraft structure? My kit isn’t lighting up, what’s wrong? Find out more about these questions and more in this Q&A installment where we’ll go over all things here!
Month 9 Skill Guides
A Primer On Microcontrollers
In this month’s skills guides you’ll near almost everything you need to know about Microcontrollers. The idea is to get you well-adjusted to microcontrollers because they’re a crucial part to your kits.
How LEDs Work
LEDs are everywhere in this Minecraft Kit so it only makes sense to talk about them. Personally, I love LEDs they make giddy with excitement so I had a lot of fun talking about them. I hope you enjoy my explanation as much I enjoyed making the video!
Month 8 – DIY Electronic Popsi-lock
DIY Electronic Popsicle Stick Door Lock Tutorial
Learn how to make a DIY electronic door lock with popsicle sticks that will open your door automatically! At the end of the day, you’ll be the real genie who will be saying, “Open Sesame!”
DIY Electronic Door Lock Q&A
How do you position the mechanical arms? How do you bind it to my door lock? My door lock isn’t moving, what’s wrong? Find out more about these questions and more in this Q&A installment where we’ll go over all things servos and door lock arms!
Month 8 Skill Guides
How Servos Work
This month is especially important because you’ll learn everything about servos. It’s a crucial piece of insight that will make building things even easier!
Circuit Board Layout Techniques for Through-Hole Soldering
How were we able to fit so many items into a tiny 7×9 cm circuit board? Find out the techniques of through-hole soldering and some tips on how you can layout PCBs better!
Month 7 – Lasers
Laser Tripwire Tutorial
Protect your goods. The handy, dandy laser tripwire will be your sidekick! Best of all, it’s DIY. After you build this, you can officially tell your friends and family that you’re a certified spy – then go to the office where they change names, and change your name. Just make sure your last name is Bond, or Fisher, or Snake.
Laser Tripwire Q&A
What do you do with the Pots? What does a photoresistor do? What happens when Coca-Cola spills all over my kit and everything becomes all sticky? Don’t you worry – this Q&A will hopefully answer all your questions and put you at ease!
Month 7 Skill Guides
How Lasers Work
Find out the amazing reason why lasers are so strong, and why you get in trouble for pointing them at people, animals… and even airplanes. This tutorial will help you better understand how the laser tripwire works and prepare you for future laser projects. But of course, if you’re Tony Stark, you can skip this part.
Primer on Photoresistors and Pots
Pots! Pots! Pots! Pots! Everybody! (and photoresistors!) This guide will walk you through how these things work and why they are so cool (and important) in DIY electronics.
Month 6 – DIY Arduino
The Kipduino (DIY Arduino) Tutorial
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Kipdurino – our very own version of the DIY Arduino. DIY Arduino will change your life. Make LEDs blink, make your lasers shoot, and even brew tea! Pick your poison, and be careful.. Arduinos are real powerful!
Month 6 Skill Guides
SMD soldering is easy, but it may seem a little daunting the first time you attempt it. This guide will cover the basics of SMD soldering and show you how to properly solder your first SMD chip using the materials you already have.
DIY Arduino Programming
Are you ready for the fun part? This section will walk you through on setting up your DIY Arduino and programming it for the very first time. We’ll play with some test code, and by the end, you’ll learn how to blink an LED!
Month 5 – DIY Speakers
DIY Speakers Tutorial
With a whooping 2 watts of power, these small DIY speakers pack a bunch. And they’re incredibly easy to build. When you’re done, you can enclose them in just about anything you can come up with – cardboard boxes, wooden boxes, jars, cups, etc.
DIY Speakers Q&A
How do you add a LED indicator? How do you tell audio cables apart? Are my speakers working correctly? Find out in this month’s installment of the DIY Speaker Q&A!
Month 5 Skill Guides
How Do Speakers Work?
It’s amazing how science and physics is able to turn electrical signals into sound. This video will show you how speakers produce sound using magnetic forces, electricity, and simple materials. Learn about frequency, amplitude, sound quality, and other cool principles.
Course on Capacitors
Capacitors are one of the basic, yet crucial component in DIY electronics. Capacitors store energy and help electrical circuits do meaningful work. Find out how they’re different from batteries, the different types of capacitors, and how useful they are in DIY electronics!
Month 4 – LED Cubes
LED Cubes Galore! Tutorial
The 3x3x3 LED cube! The 4x4x4 LED cube! And the 5x5x5 LED cube! What do they all have in common? They SEEM complicated to build – but they really are not. This is our take on it – we tried to make it as easy and as friendly for the beginner to make!
LED Cube Q&A!
Does the red wire go to the blue wire? What does this transistor do? And why are you connecting the spaghetti to the noodle? We’ll answer all your questions about building the LED cube here!
Month 4 Skill Guides
How’s about a step-up from the previous soldering video. This video will show you how to solder smaller joints, like soldering components to a PCB, and cover other extremely useful soldering tips (no pun intended).
Transistors are a must have for building the LED cube – find out why they are a miracle wonder component in electronics, and how you can use them as a switch, and as an amplifier.
Month 3 – Throwie, Blinkie, Firefly
LED Throwie, Blinkie, and Firefly Tutorial
What do you get when you make one of the most simplest, coolest, yest useful things in DIY, and transformed it into something even cooler? You get the LED Blinkie and Firefly, two additional iterations of the Throwie that’s just as cool as the Throwie itself! Learn how to build it here!
Video coming soon!
Stay tuned for the next installment of the DIY project tutorials. Comment in the IDEAS section to contribute directly to what gets made next month!
Month 3 Skill Guides
The Irresistible Guide to Resistors
The good ol’ resistor! It is one of the most commonly used components in electronics. They are one of the tiny components you associate with DIY electronics, and they can be confused with other components like diodes. This video will sort out through the confusion and help you decipher the resistor, especially the color bands that seem to be mysterious to many out there!
Mastering the Multimeter
Multimeters are a must for any electronics-related DIY project, especially for troubleshooting circuits. This video is a beginner’s guide to the multimeter. It’ll cover what the different functions of a multimeter are and how to use them. You don’t need to know how to use the multimeter beforehand.
Month 2 – Solar-Powered
How Solar-Powered Chargers Work
This video is a brief overview of the materials and the build. The instructions below the video will give you some schematic drawings that interlace with actual items from the video. This will allow you to “map the build,” while giving you a light understanding behind the science of the build so that you feel more comfortable when putting the kit together!
Tutorial: Building the DIY Portable Solar-Powered Chargers
Need juice? Don’t go to the supermarket. Get a Portable DIY Solar Charger – charge your batteries, charge your phones, charge.. THE WORLD. But seriously, these handy dandy chargers are super fun to build and extremely practical. Why pay $40 for a solar charger when you can build one yourself?
Month 2 Skill Guides
How a Solar Panel Works
This video is a basic introduction into how solar panels work. The video will briefly cover the basics of the science behind solar panels. Then it’ll discuss how much energy much of the sun’s rays we can turn into energy. Then finally, the video will go over some hurdles of solar panels – some reasons behind why they haven’t been adopted at scale.
A Practical Guide to Batteries
Batteries are a must for many DIY projects. So why not learn about them in this practical guide? First, you’ll find out the science behind batteries. Second, the battery types and their applications. Third, the fun results of two tests that shows you which brand of battery is the best and which brand is the longest lasting! And finally, how battery energy compares to the energy from your wall outlet (hint: the answer may surprise you!)
Month 1 – Bristlebots!
Vibrating Bristlebot Creatures Tutorial
The BristleBot is a cool little vibrating robot. All it takes to make it is a couple minutes, a pager motor, a toothbrush head, and a small vibrating battery.
The Vibrating Bristlebot Creature was originally created by Evil Made Scientist Laboratories and was intended to be an example of a vibrobot, a robot controlled by a single vibrating motor!
Magnetic Rubik’s Cubes
This Magnetic Acrylic Rubik’s Cube is a great piece for conversation. It works just like a Rubik’s Cube (if you align the magnets correctly!) and separately, they make great refrigerator magnets!
That’s 27 fridge magnets galore!
Month 1 Skill Guides
Soldering Two Wires Together
This video is going to over the very basics of soldering by walking you through how to solder two wires together – one of the easiest types of soldering you can do! The video will also cover basic soldering equipment and tools. You do not need to know how-to solder beforehand as this guide is made for a beginner.
DIY Tools of the Trade
When getting into DIY projects, its important to know how to use some of the most practical tools effectively. In this video, I go over the uses of basic DIY tools like wirestrippers, Phillips screwdrivers, jumper wires, X-Acto knives, soldering irons, clamps, and alligator clips.