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I am a EE and would like to get my 10 y.o. nephew familiar with the fun side of electrical projects. I'd like to start with basic principles and projects to re-enforce the basics. The goal is to build a repertoire of small projects (fundamentals) that will enable and position the child to perform more advanced projects (simple robot level of complexity). The end goal is to build confidence in the child.

I am trying to introduce binary addition and translation to and from binary, with limited success.

If you have experience with STEM (particularly as a volunteer or teacher) please state this in your reply. I am interested in links to curriculum that list these fundamentals. Any projects that re-enforce a particular skill is also appreciated.

Is there a a generally accepted project equivalent to "hello world"?

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    \$\begingroup\$ There are some great inexpensive off-the-shelf hobby kits out there. I'd start there and see if it sparks any interest in him first. If it does, the rest will probably be easy. \$\endgroup\$
    – Trevor_G
    Mar 4 '17 at 15:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ I think you need to start with something other than fundamentals to get him interested. Once he has built something interesting and gotten it to work, it will be easier to get him to back track to fundamentals. Fundamentals are important, but they don't grab a kid's attention. \$\endgroup\$
    – JRE
    Mar 4 '17 at 15:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ When I was that age I was more interested in building car kits. Do have a bunch of old dead HDD's? or know where to get them? visualnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/1.jpg search for instructables on Toy HDD \$\endgroup\$ Mar 4 '17 at 15:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ I personally only got interested in binary after dealing with lower-ish level stuff in digital electronics. Up until then I didn't really care for it. It was only when I needed to better understand the operations to get the performance I wanted that I started to put some effort into it. So I reiterate the comments above, get him to build something he is interested in. \$\endgroup\$
    – Wesley Lee
    Mar 4 '17 at 15:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ When I was 10, it was lights, meters, oscilloscopes, crystal radios, etc. If I would have started with math and studying theory, I'd have been completely turned off. Try and find what makes him say "WOW!" and take it from there. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 4 '17 at 17:48

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