Many of the most amazing devices around us today—from microwave ovens that can sense when your potato is done to the videogame systems that can respond to your spoken commands—get their smarts from the electronics inside.

Electronics (see the word “electron” in there?) is essentially the science of manipulating electrical energy. And that’s where this book begins. These activities have been crafted to give everyone—from the tech-savvy to the tech-wary—a way to start exploring the skills and materials that are at the heart of the world of electronics.

The projects in this book introduce you to some simple, fun ways to brighten your life. With these activities, you can light up the night with LED balloons, make a glow-in-the-dark ...

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