Getting started with open-source electronics hacking is a daunting task, but the parts supplier SparkFun hopes to make things a bit easier with a simple curriculum to help you learn the basics of Arduino, LilyPad, XBee and more.
We've walked you through some of the basics of Arduino before, but if you're looking for a more school-like process, SparkFun's new learning centre is a good place to start. You'll be able to learn simple programming techniques, soldering skills and other basics before moving on to more advanced skills like using an Atmega and Xbee Wireless. The curriculum is simple enough for a child to understand, but interesting enough for an adult to walk away with some good knowledge. The entire curriculum is free and you'll even get a nice big Intro to Arduino book. If you've been toying with the idea of taking on some of the electronics projects we've featured here, but didn't know how to start, then this curriculum will give you a good understanding of what you need to know.