So you didn't get the shipping crate full of electronics parts you wanted for Christmas. Not to fret, because in this workshop we're going to be giving you hands on practice with several desoldering techniques.
Often desoldering something correctly takes more skill than soldering it in the first place. But like all skills it's something that requires practice.
When I was a kid, I almost always had to salvage electronic components from old circuit boards in order to further my electronics hobby. With some time, and a few burns, I could take something that someone had thrown out and salvaged useful components I then used to make new and cool things. It's a skill I still use today. Often you need that one extra part, and being able to recover it off an old board saves you time and money. It's also something you need to know to fix mistakes you've made. Soldered a chip in backwards? Not a problem. Desoldering to the rescue.
We'll have boards on hand from the SYN Shop "Hack Me" pile, that you'll be able to pull parts off of to help populate our component stock pile, or use in your own projects. Of course if you have your own old electronics you want to tear apart, it's a great opportunity to do so.