Crocodile Clips & Yenka
Yenka Technology: some wiring tips

Yenka Technology is all about one thing: linking components together, to design and simulate a working system. So here are a couple of tips that’ll help untangle your wires.

Yenka has a wide range of electronic components, both digital and analog, but they all have a few common features. Each one has terminals, with which it can be connected to other components.

The simplest way to link components is to move one so that its terminal overlaps that of another. When they snap together, you’ll see a dark square; at this point, if you release the mouse button, the components will be linked together.

Once you have liked two components with a wire, they will remain linked when you move one of them: the wire will stretch. (The only exception to this is if you release the component in a position that would cause an overlap that isn’t permitted, in which case your wire will turn grey. If you release the component when the wire is grey, that wire will break.)

As well as dropping components so that their terminals overlap, you can also draw wires between them. Start by clicking on a terminal, and then move your mouse away; you’ll see a wire being drawn. To bend the wire, click the mouse again. Draw until you reach another terminal, and when you see a black square, click again to finish the wire.

Finally, another useful trick: you can insert components into wires that have already been drawn. Just move the component over the wire until you see an arrow, as we do with the bulbs in the video above, and then release the mouse button. It’ll snap into place, and because Yenka is always simulating, your change will be modelled straight away!

Most of these tips work with our older Crocodile Technology simulators, too, although you won’t be able to insert components into wires with these older versions.

Try it yourself with the free home licence.  And happy wiring!

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