The vintageTEK museum put together a set of equipment to introduce children to the concept of waves and oscilloscopes and donated it to the Sherwood Public Library. This will be part of their new library of things.
The museum crafted 15 pages of experiments using an oscilloscope starting with the basic operations of displaying a signal on an oscilloscope, and then displaying waveforms starting with microphones, a music player, and a function generator. A speaker allows them to hear the sounds of the function generator and the different timbre that the waveforms produce.
The equipment was donated by President Dave Brown to Jenny Swanson, Library Operations Supervisor, and Rachel Seltz, Adult Services Librarian. The museum hopes to follow up with some introductory classes.
Sharp-eyed viewers will note that none of this equipment was made by Tektronix. The museum received a donation of Instek Oscilloscopes and Protek Function Generators from the closure of a local technician training program. This equipment is not as full featured as Tektronix and is more suitable for children since there are less controls and switches. We also have a number of spares for future expansion to additional libraries.
If you would be interested in volunteering to help with a student class at the library please let the museum know.