Lighting Up the Curriculum for Excellence

Inspiring the next generation of Engineers and Scientists

Buying More Tools

We don't supply tools directly but recommend Rapid Electronics. We list here the items we use in our starter kits.

Soldering Irons

We recommend good quality soldering irons as cheap ones just don’t work very well, especially with lead-free solder.

The one we use in our starter kits is excellent value. See Rapid order number 85-6790. Spare tips are available – order number 85-0981.

A cheaper iron such as 85-1135 will do the job, but not as well. You will need to hold the iron in position for longer to get a good joint. A stand is essential for safety: 85-0585 (wet the sponge before cleaning the tip on it!).

Steer well clear of the cheap £5 irons available as they just don't get hot enough for lead free solder or last very long.

Tip Cleaner 85-0630 is excellent for quickly re-wetting your tip when it goes dull and the heat doesn't flow well any more.


The wire we use in our starter kits is order number 01-0300 (black) and 01-0345 (white). Many other colours available too.

General Tools

Rapid make a nice wallet full of good quality tools – order number 85-0055. A slightly cheaper version is 85-0050.

We recommend the addition of a solder sucker – order number 85-0600. The desoldering braid we use in our kits is 85-0625 which works well.

Lighting Up Midlothian, Ayrshire and Aberdeen

2019 will see three soldering workshops offering primary teachers free Lighting Up starter kits and soldering tuition, in Midlothian, Ayrshire and Aberdeen City/shire. The workshops will run in combination with Rampaging Chariots, with free robot kits and tuition available for high school teachers.

Teachers who have been to previous workshops and their colleagues are also welcome for refresher tuition.

The dates are:

  • Dalkeith High School - Friday 8th March, afternoon session
  • Dumfries House, near Cumnock - Wednesday 1st May
  • Aberdeen - venue / date TBC

If you are interested please contact Benjie Marwick Johnstone to reserve a space.

Lighting Up Penicuik and Loanhead

Over 80 children in Penicuik and Loanhead had a marvellous time making light-up 'drones' as well as Christmas cards used to raise money for a school in Uganda.

Eastgate Annual Science Event

Over 260 primary children and helpers joined soldering experts and engineers for the 'Essential Engineering' Lighting Up workshops during the annual Science Event at the the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.

Newly introduced 'Terrific Technology' completed the STEM menu alongside Mystery Maths and Splendid Science (Fun Physics and Brilliant Biochemistry).

Dr. Ayako Tani, artist and glass blower, currently resident professor at the Sunderland Museum of glass, joined the new children's 'Terrific Technology' workshops with her amazing ships in bottles. Terrific Technology was also ably supported by Leonardo, Edinburgh Laser Optics and STEM Ambassadors.

Dr. Tani also shared the evening with Professor Lesley Yellowlees who gave this year's brilliant Family Lecture on Alternative Energy.

Peebles Soldering Workshop

16 P7 pupils from Peebles primary schools joined our soldering workshop at Peebles High School in advance of the annual Eastgate workshop. All 16 succeeded in making a rainbow....... and being de-"lighted".

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