Workshop: Basics of soldering

During the 10.11.2019. a workshop within the project “Development of Practical Skills for Primary School Students” was held at the premises of the Citizens’ Association Ekosol. The project is implemented by the Citizens’ Association “Ekosol” from Tuzla with the financial support of the City of Tuzla.

The workshop, named “Basics of Soldering,” was attended by 11 students from Brčanska Malta Primary School. After presenting and getting to know the students, the workshop leader presented how the workshop was conducted. The plan was for the first part of the workshop to introduce students to the types of soldering, the required soldering tools, and how to solder electronic equipment. The theoretical part was presented with the help of virtual presentation, and the students were also provided with the material needed for the practical development of LED lighting. In order for each of the participants to make their own LED lighting, they had to go through certain steps of processing the cable and soldering them.

At the very beginning of the practical part of the workshop, students used multimeters. Using multimeters, they determined the positive and negative polarity on the adapters that are essential when soldering them to the LED strip, and also were able to measure the voltage at the adapter output as well as the voltage in the socket. In order to give the students the opportunity to solder as much as possible we added a switch and more cable to be soldered to the LED strip. Prior to soldering, everyone was familiarized with safety measures when working with the soldering iron, ie students had to be careful about how to handle the soldering iron due to high operating temperatures. All students performed exceptionally well, although it was their first encounter with soldering iron and electronic components. What is also worth mentioning is the way students collaborate when designing their hands-on work, even though they all made their own LED lighting, they showed exceptional teamwork and support for each other. After connecting the switches and poling all the contacts, the students tried out their works. It worked for everyone to their great joy. At the very end of the workshop, students completed a short survey to evaluate the workshop and then headed out to lunch at a nearby restaurant. What particularly pleased the students was the fact that they brought their work home and could show it to their fellow students and explain what they had learned at the workshop.