Reviving Student Interest in Electronics. First Baby Steps.
There are lot of issues. Some beyond what I can even bite. I am not evening talking about faculty quality. But. What can be done to revive student interest? Maybe give them stuff to play! Share stories of success with the soldering iron as the primary programming language! Democratize access to the building blocks of electronics!
A simple kit with lots of interesting components can be a start. Here is one that we have put together. We call it the INSPIRE kit. INSPIRE is 'Inspirational and Novel Set of Paraphernalia for Innovation in and Revival of Electronics'. Soon, I will share with you here, some pictures of a new enclosure for this kit. Also, it appears that the INSPIRE kit shares a lot of components with TI's myParts kit.
Have fun playing with it. Adapt or modify it to your needs. And most of all, PLAY with it! May the Force be with you!