Valorworks PCB Badge

Valorworks Soldering Badge

This is a soldering badge kit that I designed for Valorworks, a maker group getting started at Valor Collegiate Academy. The design is based on their school’s logo.  Costs came out at $2.05 per board (qty 50).

Altium CircuitMaker was used to design the schematic & PCB.  The files are open source and available here.  The design uses four flashing 3mm orange LEDs on the points of the compass and a single 0603 SMT blue LED in the center. They’re all powered by a single 3V CR1225 coin cell battery.

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Birthday Badges

“Never pass up a teachable moment.”  As a Boy Scout leader of many years, this has become one of my many mottos.  Any time you have the opportunity to grab a child’s attention and focus that attention on something more educational than the latest video game then grab it and have fun.  My son’s 6th birthday party recently became one of those moments.

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