Soldering: Level 2: Surface Mount Practice

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Skill Level: Level 2

Badges Earned: Soldering Level 2

Description: This should be a good exercise for you to practice your surface mounts. For soldering level 2, you’re going to solder your initials into a small piece of PCB. That way we’ll know you did the work, and we’re looking for minimal errors. Links to get started:

Continue with the next part of the this article on Adafruit:

https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-guide-excellent-soldering/surface-mount

Now, take a sample PCB and solder your initials into it like so:

Mount example

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final joint, and get an instructor to visually check out your joint, if you can. Create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Next- now why not put those skills to good use! Go create something that requires some basic soldering, like this project below:

Basic Flashlight

 

 

 

 

Soldering: Level 1: Build a Makey Robot and Earn a Badge!

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Soldering Basic

Description: To earn Soldering 1, you”ll need to watch a short video, and build Makey Robot. He only requires a couple of soldering points, but you won’t get him to work if you do it wrong!

Fill out a Challenge Proposal. 

Steps to get accomplished: 

First thing’s first. Read this and watch the video all the way through (with headphones). It’s a great overview from Adafruit on soldering.

Next, read this article all the way through. It has extremely helpful soldering tips and coverage.

Next, read parts II and III on preparation and making a good soldering joint. Both of these really will help prepare you for being a great solderer.

Get your Makey Robot Kit and follow the instructions on this page. The instructions also are actually written right on the robot. 

http://makezine.com/projects/maker-faire-2012-electronic-skill-badge/

They’re pretty thorough. Before you solder, make sure to get a fellow maker to check out your soldering station for safety.

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final joint, and get an instructor to visually check out your joint, if you can. We suggest creating a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Next- now why not put those skills to good use! Go create something that requires some basic soldering, like this project below:

Basic Flashlight