From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry King)
Subject: Sensors and Forrest Mims III
Date: 16 Sep 2002 14:31:05 -0700
NNTP-Posting-Date: 16 Sep 2002 21:31:05 GMT
I'm trying to quickly develop a curriculum for "Electronics and
Sensors" for Grades 6 to 9. I am using the recently available Radio
Shack "Electronic Sensorlab" product as a base for experiments and
circuits. (RS # 28-278). Search at www.radioshack.com shows it...
The manual and experiments were developed by Forrest Mims III, who I
seem to recall dropping in here at some time in the past.
Anyone know how to get in touch with him??
The manual is aimed carefully at it's audience, and does not depend on
any outside assistance or instructor. It does not attempt to explain
electricity, electronics, Units, Measurements, or how the supplied
chips work. This is fine for that audience, but I will be adding some
more material including electronics basics such as
Voltage/Current/Resistance, and pointing out the concepts that are
utilized widely in the Sensorlab, such as voltage dividers, current
Forrest, if you're listening, or if anyone else knows how to contact
him, please drop me a note at
I don't need a lot, or expect 'official' response, but I do need more
information on "What's in the box" with the Sensorlab, including what
different connectors really connect to, the part numbers of the actual
photosensors and Hall effect sensors, the LED bargraph type and
connections, etc. to effectively develop the material I need.
I would expect to make my materials available to the Education
This unit and it's manual are a very good base to teach electronics
from, and sensors are a very interesting subject and a great example
of "Why would I want to learn about electronics and build my own
Any suggestions or pointers appreciated...
Regards, Terry King ...In The Woods In Vermont
Waits River Valley School