Lesson Focus

In this lesson students explore how a simple synthesizer (electronic machine that produces sound) works by assembling, testing and modify the SparkPunk (a simple synthesizer by Sparkfun). Students will explore various electronic components (integrated circuits, potentiometers, switches, diodes, resistors and capacitors) and their function within this application.


Full Lesson Plan

Age Levels:

8 – 18


Students will understand:

  • How a simple synthesizer works
  • Various electronic components and their functions
  • Assembly (soldering) and testing of electronic components

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

As a result of this activity, students will be able to:

  • Assemble, test, and modify a synthesizer

Lesson Activities

Student explore various electronic components, assemble by soldering components to the printed circuit board (PCB), test, and modify the synthesizer.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.