Activity: Learn how to Solder!
(Note: Our Intro to Electronics Workshop includes learning how to solder a thing! Keep an eye on our calendar for when it is offered.) DISCLAIMER: THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
Soldering is _____. In the Intro to Electronics workshop, we will teach you how to safely solder electronic components onto a printed circuit board (PCB).
In order to solder, you need a few materials!
- Soldering Iron
- Solder (Leaded or Lead-Free)
- Solder cleaner (whatever that thing with the gold stuff is called)
- Electronic Components (resistors, LEDs, other battery holder, battery)
While soldering, keep in mind the following for a successful solder!
- Tin the Tip:
- Heat the Pad:
In this workshop/tutorial you will be learning the basics on how to solder. Once you gotten your solder iron, solder (leaded or non-leaded), the practice PCB, and components (battery, battery holder, resistor, and LED) you can begin soldering. Soldering itself is a relatively simple task, you place the end solder iron onto the tip of the solder, wait a moment for it to heat up then place the semi-solid solder onto the the PCB where the pin of your component is. Soldering is easy to explain in written form but in reality it is something difficult to master, it takes a lot of time and experience to solder perfectly. But, before getting onto the solder portion of the workshop there are some key factors to soldering that allow for it to go smoothly, one (listed above) is the heat the pad, meaning, place the iron onto the area around the pin where you will be placing the solder, the heated area will allow for easier transfer of the solder to that area. Another simple but key factor to making sure your soldering goes smoothly and your device works is making sure that the pins of your components are orientated correctly. The PCB you have been given was created so that specific components have specific placements which will allow for the flow current through each component and allow for them to work properly. The battery holder, LED, and resistors all need to be place in there correct spots, and LED specifically needs to placed in the correct spot and in the correct orientation, if you are unsure of where things should go please don't hesitate to ask a C.a.T.S for assistance. Other than those two key factors soldering is straightforward, don't be afraid to make a mistake or ask for help, this tutorial was created to help people learn how to solder which can be a difficult thing at first, mistakes are an easy way to learn and improve.