Electronics Workbench

Everyone in the JMU community is welcome and encouraged to use our electronics facilities. First, you must complete a brief training on how to solder safely and must sign a form stating that you’ll follow a few basic safety rules before you may do so.  The easiest way to receive training is by booking an appointment or attending one of our workshops!

The Electronics Workbench at Rose

The Makery has an electronics workbench stocked with thousands of passive components like resistors, capacitors, and diodes, active components like transistors and ICs, as well as microcontrollers like Arduinos and ESP32 systems. 

We supply soldering irons and test equipment, and can point you to a wealth of online resources to learn about, design, and troubleshoot basic and advanced circuitry.

Create your own electronic devices, program small computers to make games, tools, or interactive knick-knacks, repair broken electronics, investigate robotics, and join the community of makers and tinkerers here at JMU!


Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs – light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message – and turn it into an output – activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board.

Basic Electronics Resources


JavaScript Tutorials and Reference

Electronics Components Inventory

  • Microcontrollers
  • Breadboards and Wire
  • Various Connectors and Cabling
  • Resistors, Capacitors, Diodes (range of values)
  • Buttons, Switches, Potentiometers
  • Various Sensors
  • LEDs, Speakers
  • Servos and Stepper Motors

Test Equipment

Second Generation Turboencabulators