Recomendations for a School Lab?
May 12, 2011
I am setting up a basic electronics/robotics lab at my school. I have been trying to figure out what a good soldering iron would be for the classroom or if one of the kits available, which contain other useful tools, are viable. This is a class/club where both the students and teacher (me) are relatively inexperienced. We bought some cheap soldering irons last year but they are already useless and I don't want to make the same mistake twice. So, I guess I'm looking for warnings as much as recommendations.
Here are the options I have been looking at but of course any recomendations would be welcomed.
Electronics Essentials Basic Toolkit (includes things like helping hands, snips etc.)
Soldering Station Variable Temperature (the price point on this one would mean fewer stations and other tools)
I have a budget of about $200 to make as many workstations as I can and I'd like to be able to equip them all with a soldering iron, sodlering iron holder, and helping hands. The kids can share snips and such.