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.

Latest News

Midlothian Teachers CPD Soldering Workshop

STEM Ambassadors Week in Scotland

Friday 4th February 2022

New start or refresher

Penicuik 10am-12pm, 1pm-3pm, twilight session 4pm-6pm.

Numbers limited following Covid restrictions but sessions will be flexible and tailored to your need. Please contact Benjie at if you are interested.

Free Top-Up Kits

December 2021

Thanks to generous funding from the Institute of Physics, we once again have free top-up packs available for schools who have previously taken part in the Lighting Up project!

Contact Benjie Marwick Johnstone to apply. Hurry while stocks last!

Lighting Up Ayrshire

updated January 2022

We hope to run a soldering CPD workshop for teachers at Dumfries House in March 2022 in combination with Rampaging Chariots.

Lighting Up kits are available for all primary schools (full kit for new schools and top-up resources as needed for previous participants).

Rampaging Chariot robot kits are available for secondary schools as needed.

All teachers and school staff are welcome to come along for refresher training!

Spaces and kits may be limited. Please contact Benjie at if you are interested.