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This site was started because of the lack of connective tissue between the theory and the practical side of electronics. Frustrating, isn’t it? You might have a grasp of one or the other, but it’s really all about the combination of the two. If you can solve LaPlace transforms with the best of them (theory), that doesn’t mean you know how to shop for a component online or solder it to a board. And even if you’re great at troubleshooting and building circuits (practical), it can really hinder you if you don’t understand the underlying physics.
But why would you want to sign up for a site like this? Can’t you just learn on your own?
Working on your own is a large part of any course. Ultimately you will need to make many of the mental leaps and cognitive connections to truly learn electronics. But sometimes when you’re getting started, you don’t even know what to go read. Or what videos to watch online. Or why you should care about a particular component or parameter. That’s where the “Contextual” side of Contextual Electronics comes in. We want to show you more than just the “how” of building electronics; we want to always explain the “why” as well. Because if you don’t hear why something is important, you won’t feel motivated to learn underlying concepts. Plus, let’s face it: knowing why something is important makes the entire process more engaging and enjoyable.
Learn your way
Contextual Electronics offers the flexibility to use the course however you would like. You can follow along with the latest project and work with classmates...or take your time and learn at your own pace. The resources will always be available and now the community will be too.
Learn the tools
One of the biggest parts of moving past the theoretical side of electronics is to actually build things. This requires knowledge of the tools and software used to create every day items. CE covers the software AND the hardware behind creating electronics projects.
Learn with others
The community at Contextual Electronics struggles together and therefore learns together. Members of all different experience levels and backgrounds work together on the CE session and on their personal projects. Our forums help users refine new concepts and our meetups help solidify those ideas.