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

Free Top-Up Kits

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!

Soldering CPD at Dumfries House

Teachers from ten schools will join our upcoming CPD workshop at Dumfries House on Thursday 24th October. Each teacher will take away a free soldering starter kit for their school.

Peebles Eastgate Science Event

Over 400 pupils from Priorsford, Kingsland and Halyrude Primary Schools were busy bees at the annual Peebles Eastgate Event on Thursday 26th September and Thursday 3rd October.

Lighting Up's workshop, Essential Engineering, ran alongside sessions on Brilliant Biology, Cool Chemistry, Mystery Maths and Terrific Technology.

Peebles Soldering Workshop

Eleven pupils from Priorsford Primary School learned to solder at Peebles High School on Friday 20th September, ahead of the Peebles Eastgate Event.

Lighting Up Ae Primary

The pupils of Ae Primary School enjoyed an Alien Light workshop on Friday 28th June.