Hello guys, I am a 17 year old boy. Science has been a very interesting subject for me …. maybe not theoretical chemistry ;) I believe the school curriculum restricts us on the beauty of science. There is more of theoretical work involved and we are left clueless at times as to how this would be enacted practically. Therefore, I want to start something on my own ….I like physics the most. Opening my electronic toys/watches/computer peripherals has been a hobby since childhood. Do you pro’s have any ideas on what I could do in my spare time? I want to build something physical that I can see and touch. *hint* beginner here. My cousin is doing electronics in university (sophomore) and when I ask him what have you made till now … a calculator? a miniature remote controlled car? Anything? … he’s like don’t be stupid … it takes loads of people to make a complete gadget (mechanical engineer, computer engineer . etc).I was thinking maybe I could do some side by side research (nothing huge) and make something small on my own. Is there anything you’ll could point me on to? I’ve exhausted ideas concerning simple circuits with bulbs connected in series/parallel, included switches and all. I was looking for something of the next level. One problem with me is that, once I learn something I love to simplify it and explaining it to people close to me … however, I’ve noticed most people don’t like me for this, they wait for an excuse to move on. I have begun pretty silent now and I can’t seem to do the general ‘small-talk’ or ‘breaking the ice’ … I only like to talk about stuff that are interesting but people consider me just as a talker. Therefore, I want to do something to prove that what I talk I can do. Also I’ve heard of people writing ‘patents’ … what are these? Can I do one myself?