Recap: Do Your Own (Solder) Ironing Workshop

You can’t get spoiled if you do your own ironing. – Meryl Streep

On March 31, 2017 we held an Intro to Soldering workshop with special instruction by students Jack Doan, computer engineering, and Toby Elery, mechanical engineering. Additional assistance was provided by engineering students Jake and David.

Originally we were going to try to get some fun robot-shaped “learn to solder” kits. But since the ones from a famous maker magazine were sold out, we ordered these flashlight shaped learn to solder kits from MCM electronics instead. The kit included the circuit board, a white LED, battery holder, button switch, and battery.

Flashlight Learn to Solder Kit

We had 6 members soldering and 1 photographer, plus multiple people dropped by to check out the activity. A great time was had by all and every single person produced a working flashlight. Event photos and resources from the day’s handout are below.

How-to resources


Different soldering and circuit-building practices

Academic resources

  • Hossfeld, Karen J. ”Their Logic against Them”: Contradictions in Sex, Race, and Class in Silicon Valley in Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life


Organizing & space: Kristin Drogos

Organizing, flier, and handout: Kim Knight

Soldering instruction: Jack Doan and Toby Elery, with support from Jake and David

Photography: xtine burrough, Kristin Drogos, and Jessica Murphy

Equipment and general support: Andrew Culp, Paul Fishwick, Robert Gregg, Dale MacDonald, and Rosalie McManis