Friday, April 19, 2024

Exciting Holiday Projects, Giveaways and Gift Ideas

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Celebrate the season of giving with multiple chances to win and ideas for the perfect electronics presents

element14, an Avnet community, is bringing good cheer to engineers this holiday season with its annual Engineer and Maker’s Wishlist. In addition to ideas for the perfect gift, element14 is getting into the holiday spirit with three separate giveaways, giving its members the chance to win prize packs for circuit assembly, test and measurement and even the ultimate Raspberry Pi bundle. And to top it all off, element14 is hosting a holiday-themed design challenge for its members to share what the holidays mean to them.

This year’s gift guide includes all of the best products for electronics designers, ranging from stocking stuffers for young engineers to under-the-tree standouts for seasoned designers. The much-anticipated annual gift guide is created for engineers, by engineers, and has gifts they’re sure to love:

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Stocking Stuffers for Young Engineers

Micro:bit and accessories: Although the updated micro:bit is difficult to get hold of, the beloved, original version of the micro:bit is still available and a fantastic introduction to programming techniques for young minds.

Connecting Up Your Prototyping

Magnifier with Helping Hands: Whether you’re soldering something too hot to handle, or you just need to get a grip onto a piece of hardware, this magnifier has you covered.

Components and Sensor Kit for Raspberry Pi: Everything you need to jump start your IoT projects on the holiday to-do list can be found in this components kit.

Insulated Screwdriver Set: Insulated screwdrivers are not only designed to protect engineers, but also what they’re working on. A great gift for an adventurous engineer.

Show Stopper 3D Printers

Multicomp i-20 3D Printer: This sturdy printer is great for makers who want to dive in and uniquely customize their 3D projects.

Creality CR-20 Pro: A back to basics 3D printer with hands-on control, this quality printer is great for makers familiar with 3D printing.

In addition to the dozens of product recommendations vetted by the community, element14 is keeping the holiday spirit going throughout the rest of the year with three giveaway opportunities, open through December 30:

  • Test and Measurement Tool Bundle Giveaway offers the chance to win a Handheld Digital Oscilloscope, Handheld Digital Multimeter, a Humidity Meter and more.
  • Circuit Assembly Tools Giveaway includes the chance to win an Anti-Static Wrist Strap, Jumper Wire Strips, a 150W Solder Station and more.
  • Ultimate Raspberry Pi Bundle Giveaway features the latest hardware and a mixture of features including the Raspberry Pi 400 Starter Kit, Raspberry Pi Touchscreen, the Raspberry Pi Hi-Quality Camera 12.3MP and more.

And last but not least, element14 is hosting a holiday project competition that challenges makers to create something that reflects what the holidays mean to them. In the spirit of the season, the maker that shows the most heart will be crowned the winner and receive a tool kit (~ US$ 500 value) that includes a handheld oscilloscope, a USB soldering iron, a bench power supply, wire strippers, along with a US$ 400 shopping cart, and an additional US$ 100 gift to share with another member of the community for their project.


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