Whadda is a Premium Maker Brand by Velleman. Whadda produces projects for hobbyists, or as we now call them, makers. A maker can be 8 years old or 99, we have something for everyone!
This is our little mascot named Whaddy! Whaddy will help out Makers to find their way in the world of Electronics. He’ll spread around tips and tricks, and teach you a thing or two about our four main skills: Coding, Electronics, Soldering and Mechanics.
How to become a Maker
No worries, we’ll help you step by step to become the maker you (or your child) want(s) to be! If you already have some experience, we recommend to skip this page en go to our Project page with a lot of DIY projects.
First of all you have to know there are 4 main skills which our products revolve around:
If you click a skill above, you will see the page with more explanation about the skill, the different skill levels, and some products related to this skill. You can also search by skill level of each skill within our products to find the right product for you or your child by using the filters.
If you have your wire, your soldering station, your desoldering wick and your antistatic mat, you just need a cool first project to start soldering! These four projects are recommended for beginners:
With each of these projects you will find a step-by-step manual in the packaging of the product. We also have this hands-on tutorial: a beginners guide to SMD soldering. On our YouTube channel you also can find a lot of videos with fun soldering projects to let the inspiration run, like the Love Tester Minikit or the Panda Plant Guardian Soldering Kit.
Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Micro:Bit. These terms may or may not sound strange to you. But we’re here to learn! So if you’re interested in start to code with one or more of these coding languages, we recommend to start with our starter kits. In these kits you have al the material you need to get started.
|Arduino||Arduino is an electronic prototyping platform, which means you can create interactive electronic objects by using some easy-to-use hardware (Arduino Boards f.e.) and the Arduino Software everyone can download. The hardware boards are able to read inputs (f.e. push on a button, light on a sensor) and turns this into an output (turning on a light f.e.). We made a cool project with Arduino and you can see the tutorial here: make an indoor air quality monitor.|
|Raspberry Pi||Raspberry Pi is a very small low-cost computer (credict card size) which enables you to explore computing and coding in languages like Scratch and Python. You can plug it into a TV or computer monitor and it’s capable of doing everything you’d expect from a desktop computer. We made this cool project with Raspberry Pi: Intruder alarm using a PIR sensor and Raspberry Pi.|
|Micro:Bit||Micro:Bit was designed to encourage children to get involved in writing software for computers. We made this cool and useful project with Micro:Bit: Hydrate buddy, keeping you hydrated on time!|
Some inspirational Coding Projects
START BUILDING: MECHANICS
If you like to build things with your hands, this skill will be your favorite. We have everything to build 3D printers and all sort of Robots. Most of the mechanic projects combine with coding and/or electronic skills.
But each project is accompanied by an illustrated (online) manual, so you are not on your own.
“Electronics” is not that much a skill on his own, but is useful for all other (above) skills. You need leds and boards for your Arduino project for example. Electronics is the base of all DIY Maker projects. Below you can find some much used projects: