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James

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Drawdio
« on: October 18, 2017, 10:50:49 AM »
A few months back my oldest daughter said "Dad, where are the screwdrivers?" I pointed her to the garage... She came back an hour later with a kids toy keyboard all disassembled and pointed at the black blob on the circuitboard. "Dad, how do we get new notes loaded on this thing?" I had a good laugh and told her that I had no clue.  ;D She was bit by the bug though, she wanted to make a musical instrument, bad.

After some thinking, I remembered a little project which I just happened to have all the parts for. The drawdio! I pitched it to her but told her it would be her project, if she wanted to do it I would help her figure things out and provide the parts but she would need to assemble and solder everything up. She said "You're going to let me solder?" I nodded yes nonchalantly but in my head I had been waiting for this day for a long time.  :))

That night we rounded up nearly all the parts and she made a list of everything and checked off what we had found. The next night we dug in and started assembly. She picked up soldering very quickly and really the only part I provided much guidance on was part layout on the PCB and emphasizing the importance of triple checking her work as she went.

In all it took three nights of work, but she finished her project and we were both very happy with the result. I am quite proud of how quickly she picked up soldering and loved spending time teaching her something that I enjoy.

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Re: Drawdio
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 03:22:39 PM »
Neat! I hope she keeps the bug! :)

My oldest son joined the Army and got into an electronics job and loves it.

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Re: Drawdio
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2017, 01:55:52 AM »
Hi Yahmez,
Thats a real "feel good" story!
Good on you.
 :)

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Re: Drawdio
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2017, 02:35:00 PM »
Very cool. Lets have a video with thing in action.

Also, perhaps it's about time to sign her up here (or over at the cool kids if you think that will suit her better)

/moglue

 

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