Basic Electronics, available on iBooks

I am very pleased to announce that our new Basic Electronics textbook, is now available on iBooks.

We are really proud of this textbook, it’s awesome. Over to you my rhyming robot friend…

Hello it is lovely to meet you,
I am a robot and my name is Max.
I have written this electronics book just for you,
It’s packed with images, circuits and facts.
You will learn how to make real life circuits,
With the multi-touch app in this book.
I have included one in the free sample,
So you are able to take a quick look.
I really do hope you enjoy it,
If you decide you would like to take part.
I have always loved electronics,
They are literally inside my heart.

Thanks Max.

Basic Electronics has been designed to make it super easy for non-technical parents and primary school teachers to help children make electronic circuits. Having learnt the simple steps in this textbook, you will be ready to grab a kit of physical components and get making, but you won’t want to put your iPad down.

There is an interactive circuit builder that enables young children and those without the motor control accuracy to use the physical kit to get fully involved.

Max the robot narrates the sections of text at the press of a button so it is really easy for everyone to access the instructions.

We have aligned the terminology and activities with the new national curriculum for science and computing key stages 1 and 2. Too cool for school eh?

You can try before you buy with the free sample, and we'd love to hear what you think of it.

Requirements: To view Basic Electronics, you must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

What others have said...

Super cute and amazing.
— Patrica (Chibitronics)
Love it!
— Matt (Bare Conductive)
What a great little book!
— James (LearnMaker)

Why MicroHackers?

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” - Albert Einstein.

“Why Daddy?”

‘Because we always brush our teeth before bed.’

“Why Daddy?”

‘To stop our teeth falling out.’

“Why Daddy?”

‘Because we need our teeth.’

“Why Daddy?…”

Mr Einstein was a clever chap. If he thought it important that my kids continually fire questions at me, who am I to disagree?

‘Look, it’s bed time now.’

“Why Daddy?”

‘Because it’s late… Sweet dreams.’

If no one actually teaches children the ‘infinite why loop’, how do they learn it?

Kids don’t need encouragement to ask questions, they’re absolutely full of them. It’s wonderful. The only trouble, questions require answers.

And what is a good answer?

This is something I’ve struggled with for some time. Good quality answers are difficult. How do I avoid introducing my own preconceptions or bias?  In good faith, what inaccuracies do I inadvertently teach my children?

“Spherical? No my boy, the Earth isn’t spherical. It’s perfectly flat.”

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” - Albert Einstein

Right there, in that small quote, Mr Einstein provides both observation and answer.

He was a clever chap.

Don’t give your children answers, show them how to learn.

“Daddy how do robots work?”

‘I tell you what, lets have a go at making one shall we.’

Wouldn’t it be great if there was somewhere you could take your children, that had high tech equipment, tools, and lots of materials.

A place where questions were encouraged, mistakes expected, and solutions discovered.

A place that gave your child an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and maths by making things.

A place for you and your child to unleash your imagination.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein.

Well said Mr Einstein.

So, Why MicroHackers?

Come along and we’ll show you.


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Mike Harrison

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