Introduction to Soldering: Tips and Technique

What is soldering? Soldering is a way to make permanent electrical connections by melting a special metal alloy known as solder to wires, pcbs, tubes. An essential skill for any budding roboticist or garage tinkerer, soldering will allow you to take your circuits to the next level.

How will this class be structured?

Introduction and outline of class
Soldering in practice
Brief live demo
Introduction to components of a soldering station and soldering hand tools
Review of component placement for secure soldering
Overview of technique and tips
Soldering Begins
Review errors and ways to prevent them
Q&A about electronic project feasibility
Advanced soldering techniques
Conclusion and thanks

How should students prepare?
Soldering stations and solder will be provided. Students may either purchase simple electronic kits available at the Hacker Lab, or bring their own. Hacker Lab kits will cost $5. No additional tools or parts will be necessary.

What will you get out of this lesson?
By the end of the class students will be able to independently use soldering irons to build electronics circuits and use the associated tools to create clean and sturdy projects.


Note: The solder we will be using contains lead, therefore this class is not recommended for pregnant mothers or people with chronic breathing conditions. While lead-free solder is available, it is far more difficult to learn to solder with and costs considerably more.

DJ Harrigan is an interactive artist and educator who is passionate about empowering people to unleash their creativity through electronics and rapid prototyping machinery. He taught himself how to solder at the age of 13 . After many projects and a few (mild) burns, he is now a DIY electronics aficionado. In addition to managing the maker space at The Hacker Lab, he teaches kids about electronics and robotics through outreach programs in the community.

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