HackerBoxes: StarterWorkshop - Solderless Breadboard
HackerBoxes was introduced to me by another student in my Python class. I purchased this box months ago. Now that I am on break I have a little more time to work on it. The instructions start off with familiarizing us with what's in the box. This box comes with a ton of starter materials; everything you need to complete several beginner projects.
The instructions fort this can be found here: https://www.instructables.com/HackerBoxes-Starter-Workshop/
This box has us starting off with creating a simple circuit using a breadboard. Breadboards are frequently used to teach people about circuits. This is my first time ever working with a breadboard and properly learning about circuits.
We were provided with a breadboard and a breadboard power supply module that can be powered using a micro USB cable (Figure 1).
Once we plug in our power supply to the breadboard, we set both 3.3V/5V jumpers (Figure 2) over to 5V per the instructions.
Now, we can start building our first simple circuit using a couple components that came with the box. We plug in 1 green LED, 1 push button, two male-male jumper wires and 1 resistor. The resistor we use for the exercise is a 1,000 Ohm Resistor. It is also called a 1K resistor and has colored stripes in the order brown, black, and red. The instructions compared this resistor to a safety valve; we use this resistor so that the LED does not overheat and burnout.
For some reason the push button wasn't working for me so I took it off, repositioned the jumper, and the LED now works (Figure 3)!