Invest in yourself: learn by doing.
Read on to learn how the NerdKits philosophy is implemented in our kits, and why other electronics kits will leave you intellectually unsatisfied.
What's a NerdKit?
A NerdKit is a combination of electronic parts and wisdom, which together will teach you about digital electronics, embedded systems, and how to bridge computers with the "real world". The electronics world has changed dramatically in the past few decades. We want to make sure that it's still easy to get involved with modern technology, and to experience a challenging and rewarding hobby!
A NerdKits microcontroller kit is appropriate for software hackers looking to branch out into electronics, and has educational material to allow even middle-schoolers and high-schoolers (ages 12+) looking for a fun challenge to learn by doing, especially with the help of a techie parent! A microcontroller is a small computer on a single chip, including processing, memory, and inputs and outputs -- see the Wikipedia page for more information.
What's the point?
We just graduated from MIT, and when we asked ourselves what we wished we had had before coming there, the answer was simple: more hands-on experience in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS). Looking around, we realized that we could provide these experiences to others in the form of NerdKits:
The educational opportunities here are amazing, and we've taken this hobby, pursued it in college, and turned it into a career. But we can only imagine if we had a kit like this one when we were in high school! Most motivated middle-school students should be capable of making interesting projects with the NerdKit.
Lots of people these days have some understanding of computers and simple computer programming, but we'd like to push you further. With microcontrollers, you can touch the real world with inputs and outputs -- sensors and actuators -- some of which are included in the NerdKit, and many others which you can add yourself. And we hope you'll discover the same passion we have grown for this exciting hobby.
"Thanks guys, I think your kit is exactly what I need to get started poking about with hardware. I've wanted to do that for a while, but everything I could find was either too dumbed-down, too locked up (step by step, and nothing else), or too over-my-head (assuming I'd majored in EE or something)."
Why should I get a NerdKit?
You could go out and put this kit together yourself, and we expect that after you have your first NerdKit, you could build a second one after learning so much from the first. There are a few reasons why a NerdKit makes sense as a way to start:
"Got your kit and got everything working. Love the kit -- exactly what I need to get started with microcontrollers. Told all the folks at work about it."
San Leon, TX
I'm scared to jump in.
If we can leave you with one message, it's simple: don't be afraid. The purpose of NerdKits is to reduce the risks involved with getting started in the electronics field. By doing so, we make digital electronics available to a much wider population, and additionally increase the chance that you'll be successful in this endeavor.
I'm excited. How do I get started?
If you're ready to learn electronics, click the button below to read more about our current microcontroller kit offerings!