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Based on the observation of our students learning electronics in the course of their independent research experiences, the introductory electronics program at Creighton University has been revised to provide a similar contextual setting. From the beginning of the course, the students are involved with the type of instrumentation they will encounter in upper-division laboratories, in research laboratories, and in industrial settings. Two sets of equipment are utilized. The first set is used for learning the basic fundamentals and building blocks of electronic devices. The second set is used for student projects. Experience in a goal-oriented project environment enables students both to learn more effectively and to make significant research contributions at a much earlier stage.