Kit-A-Day Giveaway: Learn to Solder Badge Kit

We’re giving away amazing kits from our new Make: Ultimate Kit Guide EVERY DAY — thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, including MakerBots!

To celebrate the release of our latest publication, the Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012 (and its companion website), we’re giving away at least one of the cool kits reviewed in the issue each day during the holiday season.

Today’s kit giveaway of the Learn to Solder Skill Badge may not be as glorious as some of the other items but we’re giving you 25 of them! In addition, we are throwing in a Variable Temperature Soldering Iron so you and 24 friends can learn to solder together.

It’s the perfect giveaway for hackerspaces, schools, or people that really like things that blink (a $79.99 total value.) Here is the review from the issue:

Thousands of people mastered soldering for the first time at this year’s Maker Faire events in the Maker Shed’s “Learn to Solder” tents, with the helpful coaching of Mitch Altman, Jimmie Rodgers, and dozens of other hackerspace volunteers. Participants left the Maker Shed with smiles on their faces, new skills, increased confidence, and a cool flashing LED badge to show for it. It’s the perfect gateway project kit for groups, after-school classes, or just for yourself.

To be eligible for today’s giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment below in this post. The entry period for today’s prize will be until 11:59pm PST tonight. We’ll choose one person at random, you’ll be notified by email, and you’ll have 48 hours to respond. The Winners List is kept on the Giveaway landing page. That’s it! No purchase necessary or anything else to do. Please leave only one comment per post. You can enter as many giveaways as you like until you win. This giveaway is for US residents only. You also must be 18 years old to enter (Kids: Ask your parents to enter). See the Kit-A-Day Giveaway landing page for full sweepstakes details and Official Rules.

Day 4 and 5 Giveaways: The Day 4 winner has been notified. They have 24 hours left to respond.  The winner of Day 5 has been notified. They have 48 hours left to respond.

1,218 thoughts on “Kit-A-Day Giveaway: Learn to Solder Badge Kit

  1. Awesome.  I always wanted to learn to solder, correctly.  I have mangled many repairs over the years and this would surely help! And, I can use it with my boy’s cub scout troop as well!

  2. I am about to launch a learn-to-solder program for elementary and middle schoolers. We just ordered 50 of these because they are so cool! Of course…can always take an extra one for personal use! ;-)

  3. Sounds like this could be useful for some practical exercises in putting together circuits. Not sure if this covers plumbing and soldering, but that would be cool, too. My kid has definitely shown an interest in electronics so this could be useful to encourage that.

  4. I’m already the Soldering Queen, but I’ll give this to one of our part time student employees (A/V Classroom Support @ a DC/Metro-Area university) as an exciting (non-cash) prize.

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  6. I would like to be notified that I was a winner, I already know I am….But always nice to have confirmation…. :-)

    Showed my boyz some soldering techniques last night regarding our tater launcher…..

  7. Would be great to get some practice in and start fostering electronics interest in my daughter  (plus she’d simply love the light-up pin)

  8. Wow, I could use this. We were agonizing over how to teach her soldering last night, what starter gear to get, etc. Perfect timing.

  9. My wife was just asking me to teach her how to solder.  The iron looks much better than the hot-stick I use.  Sign me up.

    1.  I don’t have kids, but 6 does seem a bit young for soldering typically. If you win, I’d box it up and give it as a gift when he or she gets a bit older.

  10. I need to learn how to solder PROPERLY.  Trying to pick it up from the instructions included in a $15 soldering iron didn’t work out so well…

  11. I do need a new soldering iron. I have use the two old ones that I have for burning/melting plastic and I do not like the one I now use to solder with. And the kits would be nice to donate to the High School beginning electronics class.

  12. This would be great for the soldering classes that we want to have at Make Lehigh Valley in January. Having the same soldering irons as well as a first project all provided would really help decrease the organization, appeal and clarity of the classes.

  13. In for one.

    Really excited. I am looking forward to starting to delve into arduino this coming year and get some exciting projects started around the house.

  14. If it’s random selection, does it mean that comment should be stupid?
    I can’t understand why would someone would want to give a away such expensive tool.
    Oh and if i would win this, this tool will be very useful to me. All i got is this cheepy creepy tool for a 5$ :/. But you know the proverb. For a bad dancer, even a dance-shoes is a hinder.

  15. We’ve had a maker project in our kids b-day parties the last few years.  This would be a great project for kids with a wonderful take home gift.

  16. That looks like the next step up from my soldering iron…wouldn’t mind winning that, and my son’s HS robotics club could use the kits for teaching new members…Oooo pick me, pick me .

  17. Truly this is a life skill that everyone should know how to do. And no, I’m not very good at it.  My soldering jobs conduct electricity but they are not very pretty to look at.  There’s this guy I know from Old Town whose works of solder have been displayed in Art Museums across the land. People come from miles around to behold the marvelous works.

  18. I am a high-school science teacher and the co-sponsor of the school’s robot club.  I would donate the badges and soldering station to the club if I win.

  19. I don’t think I have twenty acquaintances, let alone twenty friends! Still, my Shack iron doesn’t have anything you can call a ‘tip’ left, and every time I use it, the smells makes me fear for my house, so a new iron would be very neat!

  20. This is my favorite prize to date.  The makerbot is pretty cool, but you can’t make a soldering iron with a makerbot (yet)!  Whereas a soldering iron would be an invaluable tool in a DIY makerbot project.

    Thanks once again for the opportunity.

  21. A much improved version over the RadioShack 25W I have in my kit. I use my Weller ColdHeat a lot of the time, but a variable temp would really improve the solder joints.

  22. This would be a great addition to help us teach our boy scouts some basic soldering skills for their electronics Merit Badge.

  23. Sweet giveaway!  I know at least half-a-dozen people who have asked me to teach them how to solder and this would be the perfect opportunity.  Getting the iron would be even cooler – I’m still using a cheap-o Radio Shack pencil iron that has seen better days.  Here’s hoping!

  24. If I win, I’m going to find 12 friends and make them do it twice.  As much as Id love to teach people to solder, finding that many non FB friends to come over is difficult these days. :)

  25. My poor iron gets its tip filed weekly now.  A nice, adjustable iron in a stand with a sponge (so I’ll stop using wet paper towels) would be a welcome change.