“Learning electronics” skill badges from Adafruit Industries
“Learning electronics” skill badges from Adafruit Industries – In a week or so we will be including “learning electronics” skill badges in some of our kits & tool packs at Adafruit Industries. The first one is “learning to solder” – if you’re new to electronics, we’ll have a special bundle of tools, a kit and limited edition “badge” to show the world you’re proficient in soldering, once you complete the tutorials and kit that is!
We will have a variety of badges, the first is soldering – others include:
LEDs (with conductive thread & real LED!)
Open source hardware
Our badges are made in the USA!
“Merit (or skill) badges” have a rich history as well as some modern adaptations. Let’s take a look!
Over the last few years there have been some amazing “badges” – the first ones that caught our eyes were the Science scout badges “ORDER OF THE SCIENCE SCOUTS OF EXEMPLARY REPUTE AND ABOVE AVERAGE PHYSIQUE” from The Science Creative Quarterly.
Excited? Stop back here next week for more details on the Adafruit badges! As we complete each badge we are releasing the artwork with Creative Common licensing so others can create badges too – this project is by Limor Fried and Phillip Torrone.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
One hopes for merit badges that are just a little bit larger than the Arduino Lilypad, eh? 🙂
I was wondering if you could post where you had these made? I’d love to get some made myself.
You can have them made at any embroidery shop, but you’d be better off to find one with an in-house digitizer if you want the best artistic control. The quality of the digitizing on the soldering badge is good, but I’d really suggest to your embroiderer that they stitch these applique-style on Super-Solvy or some other dissolving badge film so that you can have a clean edge. Either that or go with a company that has a merrowing machine– that’s the sewing machine that produces the classic finished patch edge. It would really improve your product. If you want a consult from a geek/award-winning embroidery digitizer, shoot me an email.
@Erich wow, you are very generous & savvy! We did ask for them to merrow it but the shop didn’t own a machines. This is our ‘first run’ and we’re going to see how it goes. We’re learning a lot about patches, digitization, threads, materials, blanks, coverage, etc and will constantly improve our patch design