You are so lucky to be living in the age of the internet where there are all kinds of resources available to learn from! Below is a helpful list of books and websites that we have pulled together to get you started. If you know about a great educational resource, contact us and let us know about it so we can share it with others!

Recommended Websites


Creative team member, fellow engineer, and friend Techpslorers, Dave Hoff, turned us on to Coursera. He is constantly taking courses on here and loves this site.

MIT Open Courseware

Instructor Cameron Canter told us about MIT offering free access to all their classes online! Lawrence, one of the site's regular users, states it well: "Your efforts enable ordinary people to access extraordinary knowledge."

Khan Academy

We think just about everyone has heard about Khan Academy. If you want to learn more about math and get ahead of what you are currently learning in school, this is a great place to start.

Recommended Books

Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering by Gary Ybarra
Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Ybarra has generously agreed to make the textbook for his ECE110 course at Duke freely available to the public! It's college level, but introductory. You can learn a tremendous amount from reading this, though the mathematics and some of the more advanced content will have to wait until you're older. (Mr. Dalton became an Electrical Engineer because at age 7 he was reading EE books intended for adults even though much of it was over his head. He is not a prodigy. You can do the exact same thing.)

The New Way Things Work
The New Way Things Work

This is an excellent book for kids that explains how all kinds of different things work with fabulous illustrations. You should also check out the other books in the series by this author.

Forrest Mims Mini Notebooks Volumes 1-4
Forrest Mims Mini Notebooks, Volumes 1-4

Mr. Dalton doesn't know an electrical engineer who didn't at one point build a circuit from one of Mims' books. These are absolutely fabulous little books full of fun circuits to build. Combine these books with our Components Super Kit and you will have tons of cool things to make on your breadboard!

Design of Machinery: An Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Mechanisms and Machines
Design of Machinery: An Introduction to the Synthesis and Analysis of Mechanisms and Machines

This is a college level textbook, however, it contains wonderful drawings of mechanisms like clutches, gears, transmissions, engine configurations, and all kinds of neat stuff. If you are an aspiring mechanical engineer, you will love this book! The material might be a little ahead of your time, but don't let that dissuade you. You can get copies of the older editions at very reasonable prices.