This Business Wants to Make Electrical Engineering Easy

Since it was first found, electricity has captured the human imagination and changed the way the we live with no chance of ever turning back. While many people may “know” what electricity is, the simple truth is that most don’t know how electricity works to power up the world that we live in. Unless someone is specifically schooled in physics and the nature of electrical currents, or simply interested in the topic for personal reasons, most peoples stop thinking about electricity when the switch has been flicked and the lights are on. However, for some people, this lack of knowledge and interest in unacceptable.

Adafruit Industries is the brainchild of Limor Fried, an engineer who has seen the interest in DIY electronics and recognized that this was the perfect field for a combination of business and educational initiative. Recently, there has been a surge of DIY electronics, with companies creating the the building blocks and consumers actually building the final product. While this is a new niche with a lot of financial and educational potential, the existing companies were only focusing on the monetary aspect and ignoring the chance to help educate and create a new generation of engineers.

Limor Fried and Adafruit aren’t ignoring this educational aspect of DIY electronics and are working to show how their product is fun and educational for not only children, but teens and adults as well. Along with allowing the creation of electronic devices and adding extra fashion options to your wardrobe (add lights and bulbs to clothing is one of the main reasons for the creation of this company — you can’t just buy things like that), Adafruit works to teach you the science behind what you’ve created. It wants people to not only know how to create simple electronic devices, but to also know why these things are working the way they do and why they need to be built in such a way. As America falls behind other countries when it comes to the scientific education of our children, hopefully companies like Adafruit will be able to help close the gap by getting kids interested in science outside of school.

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