What a great suggestion/offer for the students. Nice way to promote skills and receive a monetary payment as well. I have a couple of Gadget Freak projects I need to submit as well when my schedule settles down with writing 2 books, teaching 5 electrical engineering tech classes, and developing/teaching Raspberry Pi courses for MakerMedia via Udemy.
Hey, MrDon, if any of your students create projects that might fit into the Design News Gadget Freak section, please let me know. There's $500 in it for the student or team that submits a good gadget. You can send them along to:
If you want of list of the elements we need to present a Gadget Freak to our readers, send along your email address and I'll send the Gadget Freak instructions.
Rob, I agree what a great show. I've shown Ben Heck videos to my ITT Tech Electrical Engineering Tech students to motivate and inspire them to create cool and awesome Capstone Projects. It's amazing how he's able to build these projects without having a engineering background. The desire to learn and try new things goes along way!
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