Lesson type: Badges

Soldering Badge

In order to use the EDGE Lab’s soldering irons, you must earn a “Soldering Digital Badge.”

The EDGE Lab uses a Digital Badging system to make sure that students have the necessary knowledge and skills to independently use EDGE Lab equipment. Earning a Digital Badge gives you certain privileges in the Lab, and might also earn you free stuff! See here for a list of the Digital Badges currently available

You can earn the “Soldering Digital Badge” in two ways:

  • Attend a workshop (see calendar for schedule and to sign up for upcoming workshops)
    • If you’ve completed a workshop, please fill out this Google Form as evidence of completing the Soldering Digital Badge. You do not need to complete any additional assignments if you’ve already attended a Soldering Workshop.

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What You’ll Learn:

  • Proper soldering techniques & safety

What You’ll Earn:

  • Ability to use the EDGE Lab soldering irons and electronics components
  • Access to the lab during “Badged Students Only” times

Arduino Badge

The EDGE Lab uses a Digital Badging system to make sure that students have the necessary knowledge and skills to independently use EDGE Lab equipment. By completing the “Arduino” Digital Badge, you’re demonstrating that you understand the basic components of an Arduino, & how to create simple circuits and sketches. Once you’ve completed the activities to earn the badge, you’ll be able to use advanced Arduino components, check out Arduino kits from the EDGE Lab, and use the Lab’s “Codebender” account (to code sketches online, without the IDE software). You’ll also get access to the Lab during “Badged Students Only” times.

All EDGE Lab Badges are in the form of Canvas “modules.” You can work through the “Arduino” module at your own pace, whenever you have time in the Lab. Just submit the activities as you finish!

What You’ll Learn:

  • Installing IDE
  • Creating sketches
  • Assembling circuits
  • Uploading to Arduino
  • Modifying code

What You’ll Earn (after completing the Badging Module):

  • Access to advanced Arduino components & sensors
  • Check-out privileges for EDGE Lab Arduino kits
  • Access to the EDGE Lab’s Codebender account
  • Access to the EDGE Lab during “Badged Students Only” times
  • A digital badge that you can display on your resume or portfolio

What You’ll Do to Earn the “Arduino” Badge:

  • Blinking an LED
  • Using a Potentiometer
  • Programming an RGB LED
  • Connecting Multiple LEDs
  • Using a Push Button Input
  • Using a Photo resistor

Silhouette & T-Shirt Press

The EDGE Lab uses a Digital Badging system to make sure that students have the necessary knowledge and skills to independently use EDGE Lab equipment. By completing the “Silhouette & T-Shirt Press” Digital Badge, you’re demonstrating that you can create basic designs on the Silhouette, cut vinyl and heat transfers, and use the T-Shirt Press without assistance from EDGE Lab staff. You’ll also get the opportunity to cut out up to 5 free vinyl decals or stickers, and make one free t-shirt.

All EDGE Lab Badges are in the form of Canvas “modules.” For this badge, you’re required to attend Silhouette & T-Shirt Press workshops, orientations, or tutorials in the EDGE Lab, where you’ll get instruction on how to use the equipment. Once you know the basics, you’re free to work through the rest of the badging module at your own pace.

For Silhouette Studio activities, you may choose to download a free copy of the software on  a personal computer, so that you can work off-campus. Just submit the activities as you finish!

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to operate the Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut card stock, vinyl, and vinyl heat transfers
  • How to use the Silhouette Studio design software
  • How to “weed” your finished designs
  • How to safely operate the heat press to apply vinyl transfers to t-shirts

What You’ll Earn (after completing the Badging Module):

  • 3 free sheets of vinyl / month
  • 1 free heat transfer and t-shirt
  • Ability to use the Silhouette & Heat Press for personal or school projects
  • Access to the EDGE Lab during “Badged Students Only” times
  • A digital badge that you can display on your resume or portfolio

What You’ll Do to Earn the “Silhouette & T-Shirt Press” Badge:

  • Attend a Silhouette workshop or tutorial
  • Attend a T-Shirt Press workshop or tutorial
  • Create original designs in Silhouette Studio
  • Cut practice designs on card stock, vinyl, and heat transfer vinyl using the Silhouette Cameo 3
  • Use the T-Shirt Press to apply a vinyl transfer to a t-shirt

To find out more, or get started now, click here! 

Intro to 3D Modeling

The EDGE Lab uses a Digital Badging system to make sure that students have the necessary knowledge and skills to independently use EDGE Lab equipment. By completing the “Intro to 3D Modeling” Digital Badge, you’re demonstrating that you’ve completed the necessary training to create basic 3D models and print them out on the lab’s 3D printers without assistance from EDGE Lab staff. You’ll also get the privilege of printing out up to 3 models every month, free of cost! (see below for more details)

All EDGE Lab Badges are in the form of Canvas “modules.” You can work through the “Intro to 3D Modeling” module at your own pace, from any computer. All software used in this module is free, and web-based, so you can even work on your Chromebook. Just submit the activities as you finish!

What You’ll Learn:

  • TinkerCad modeling software basics 
  • SketchUp modeling software basics 
  • Rendering and printing designs on the UP Mini 2 and MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers

What You’ll Earn (after completing the Badging Module):

  • Up to 3 free prints a month on the EDGE Lab 3D printers 
    • 1 pre-made design + 2 small original designs OR 1 pre-made design + 1 med. original design OR 1 med. pre-made design OR 2 med. original designs
  • Access to the EDGE Lab during “Badged Students Only” times
  • A digital badge that you can display on your resume or portfolio 

What You’ll Do to Earn the “Intro to 3D Modeling” Badge:

  • Complete some TinkerCad tutorials
  • Create 3 TinkerCad designs
  • Work with EDGE Lab staff to print out an original TinkerCad design 
  • Complete some SketchUp tutorials
  • Create 2 SketchUp designs
  • Work with EDGE Lab staff to print out an original SketchUp design 

To find out more, or get started now, click here!

Advanced 3D Modeling

PRE-REQUISITE: You must complete the “Intro to 3D Modeling” badge before you can earn the “Advanced 3D Modeling” badge. 

The EDGE Lab uses a Digital Badging system to make sure that students have the necessary knowledge and skills to independently use EDGE Lab equipment.

If you’ve already completed the “Intro to 3D Modeling” badge, this is the next step! By completing the “Advanced 3D Modeling” Digital Badge, you’re demonstrating that you’ve completed the necessary training to create 3D models, render your designs in the necessary software, and print them out on any of the lab’s 3D printers, including our high-end Prusa printer. You’ll also get the privilege of using our cutting-edge HP Sprout Pro G2, and of printing out up to 3 models every month, free of cost!

All EDGE Lab Badges are in the form of Canvas “modules.” You can work through the “Advanced 3D Modeling” module at your own pace, from any computer, although, if you choose to work from a personal computer, you’ll need to download a free student version of AutoCad. You will also need to schedule a couple of in-person tutorials, with EDGE Lab staff, to learn the operation of specialized equipment.

What You’ll Learn:

  • AutoCad software basics
  • Scanning objects & creating 3D models on the HP Sprout Pro G2
  • Rendering and printing designs on the Prusa i3 mk2 printer

 

What You’ll Earn (after completing the Badging Module):

  • Up to 3 free prints a month on the EDGE Lab 3D printers
  • Use of the HP Sprout Pro G2 computer / scanner
  • Access to the EDGE Lab during “Badged Students Only” times
  • A digital badge that you can display on your resume or portfolio

 

What You’ll Do to Earn the “Intro to 3D Modeling” Badge:

  • Complete some AutoCad tutorials
  • Create 3 original AutoCad designs
  • Work with EDGE Lab staff to render & print out an original AutoCad design on the Prusa printer
  • Work with EDGE Lab staff to learn operation / troubleshooting of EDGE Lab printers
  • Complete a tutorial – with EDGE Lab staff – on using the HP Sprout Pro G2
  • Complete a scan on the HP Sprout and edit & render a final design

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This module is still in progress, but will be available soon!! Check back for more info