BSA Supply No. 35887
Electronics is the science that controls the behavior of electrons so that some type of useful function is performed. Today, electronics is a fast-changing and exciting field.
- Describe the safety precautions you must exercise when using, building, altering,
or repairing electronic devices.
- Do the following:
- Draw a simple schematic diagram. It must show resistors, capacitors, and transistors
or integrated circuits. Use the correct symbols. Label all parts.
- Tell the purpose of each part.
- Do the following:
- Show the right way to solder and desolder.
- Show how to avoid heat damage to electronic components.
- Tell about the function of a printed circuit board. Tell what precautions should
be observed when soldering printed circuit boards.
- Discuss each of the following with your merit badge counselor, and then choose ONE
of the following and build a circuit to show the techniques used:
Show how to read the schematic diagram of the project you chose and, to the best
of your ability, explain to your counselor how the circuit you built operates.
- Tell how you can use electronics for a control purpose, and then build a control
- Tell about the basic principles of digital techniques, and then build a digital
circuit. Show how to change three decimal numbers into binary numbers and three
binary numbers into decimal numbers.
- Tell about three audio applications of electronics, and then build an audio circuit.
- Do the following:
- Show how to solve a simple problem involving current, voltage, and resistance using
- Tell about the need for and the use of test equipment in electronics. Name three
types of test equipment. Tell how they operate.
- Find out about three career opportunities in electronics that interest you. Discuss
with and explain to your counselor what training and education are needed for each
Computers, Electricity, and Radio merit badge pamphlets
- Bartholomew, Alan. Electric Gadgets and Gizmos: Battery-Powered Buildable Gadgets That Go! General Distribution Services, 1998. Includes directions for an assortment of electronics.
- Bonnet, Bob. Science Fair Projects With Electricity & Electronics. Sterling Publishing, 1996. Includes nearly 50 projects on electricity and electronics.
- Bridgman, Roger. Eyewitness: Electronics. DK Publishing, 2000. Traces the history, discoveries, and devices of this fast-moving science.
- Chirico, Joann. Electronics. NTC Publishing, 1995. This book explores career possibilities in electronics and electricity.
- Engelbert, Phillis. Technology in Action: Science Applied to Everyday Life. Gale, 1998. A general look at technology and technical applications of scientific knowledge, with a section on computers and electronics.
- Leon, George deLucenay. Electronics Projects for Young Scientists. Franklin Watts, 1991. Introduces the basic principles of electronics and includes project ideas such as a crystal radio, an intercom, and a pair of electronic dice.
- Maxfield, Clive Max. Bebop to the Boolean Boogie: An Unconventional Guide to Electronics Fundamentals, Components, and Processes. Hightext Publications, 1995. This book covers the basics of electronics clearly, simply, and in an entertaining style.
- Predko, Myke. Digital Electronics Guidebook: With Projects! McGraw-Hill, 2001. Introduces the nuts and bolts of digital electronics.
- Rowh, Mark, and Dick Glass. Opportunities in Electronics Careers, revised ed. McGraw-Hill/Con- temporary Books, 1999. Check out the many electronics-related career opportunities available, featured in this 160-page book.
- Slone, G. Randy. TAB Electronics Guide to Understanding Electricity and Electronics. 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, 2002. A learn-as-you-go guide for readers of any electronics skill level.
- Vogt, Greg L. Robotix Robot Inventor's Workshop. Running Press Book Publishers, 2000. A handbook on the science of robotics.
Nuts & Volts
430 Princeland Court
Corona, CA 92879
Toll-free telephone: 800-783-4624
Web site: http://www.nutsvolts.com
P.O. Box 6001
Tampa, FL 33660-0001
Toll-free telephone: 800-289-9399
Web site: http://www.popsci.com
Organizations and Web Sites
- American Microsemiconductor Inc. — http://www. americanmicrosemi.com/tutorials.htm
- ePanorama.net — http:// www.epanorama.net/index.php
- Howstuffworks — http:// electronics.howstuffworks.com
- 101science.com — http:// www.101science.com/Radio.htm
Electronics Parts and Suppliers
In most places, Radio Shack stores can be the best source for electronics parts. However, most Radio Shacks have reduced their parts inventories, which means you might have to look elsewhere to find all the parts you need for a project (or check out their Web site, http://www.radioshack.com). Electronics parts and kits also can be ordered over the Internet or via mail or toll-free telephone from various suppliers.
7410 Pebble Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76118
Toll-free telephone: 800-433-5700
Web site: http://www.alliedelec.com
C and H Sales Company
2176 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Toll-free telephone: 800-325-9465
Web site: http://www.aaaim.com/CandH
P.O. Box 182
Sterling, MA 01564
Toll-free telephone: 800-439-1417
Web site: http://www.electronickits.com
P.O. Box 677
Thief River Falls, MN 56701-0677
Toll-free telephone: 800-344-4539
Web site: http://www.digi-key.com
Electronic Kourseware Interactive
P.O. Box 1657
Kyle, TX 78640
Toll-free telephone: 800-453-1708
Web site: http://www.eki.com/default.asp
1216 South 1580 West, Suite B
Orem, UT 84058
Toll-free telephone: 800-494-1778
Web site: http://www.hobbytron.com
650 Congress Park Drive
Centerville, OH 45459
Toll-free telephone: 800-543-4330
Web site: http://www.mcmelectronics.com
2401 Highway 287 North
Mansfield, TX 76063
Toll-free telephone: 800-346-6873
Web site: http://www.mouser.com