Remarkable Advancements in Teaching Electronics
The maker movement has made remarkable progress bringing do-it-yourself (DIY) community together with academic/learning community to advance understanding in programming ane electronics while instilling the joy of tinkering that we've lost in large measure with the advances associated with microelectronics minaturisation. One of the things that has spurred this even faster has been the emergence of increasingly inexpensive processing boards like the Rasberry Pi and Arduino.
Most recently these activities have received a boost from the maker community itself with projects like Harold Timmis's Indieogogo An Arduino Compatible Starter-kit: Anyone Can Learn Electronics. The hobby site Geek Dad (apologies for the unnecessary gender bias) explains the work Timmis is engaged in nicely. The bottom line is a set of components anchored around an Arduino with a plethora of parts that have been selected and sourced at remarkably inexpensive prices toward a package that can provide significant build/learn opportunities for something in the vicinity of $29 for the package.
One thing we've lost in the past several decades is the ability to make things without significant infrastructure investments. The DIY movement and its representation in the Maker movement is fighting back. The work of the Borderless Electronics group is a terrific step in the right direction.