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From Dorm Room to Makerspace, at Zero Cost

Posted September 08, 2019 12:01 AM by DigiKeyBack2School

Digi-Key Electronics is once again running its Back2School contest, offering college students the chance to win enough electronics components to turn a dorm room into a makerspace.

Top prize is a Digi-Key InstaLab kit, Pi-TopCEED Raspberry Pi starter kit and a backpack full of Digi-Key swag. What’s in the InstaLab kit? More than 20 different products from Digi-Key partners including an oscilloscope, function generator, bench power supply, digital multimeter, soldering station, voltage tester, anti-static mat and strap, terminal/splices crimp kit, breadboard and a humidity/temperature sensor evaluation expansion board. There are also a bunch of tools in there, like a precision probe set, wire strippers, tweezer, loupe, tape, ruler, screwdrivers and needle-nose pliers. Basically, everything you need to make you into a maker.

Runner-up prizes include an educational kit, and more swag backpacks like the one that goes to the first-place winner.

Meanwhile, while summer may be over, Digi-Key’s Another Geek Moment video series has just added its Summer Break 2019 edition, which follows a junior electrical engineering student who visited Digi-Key’s headquarters in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, and created a Raspberry Pi MIDI synthesizer.

Even if you’re not a college student, the Digi-Key site is definitely worth a look: There are a ton of free educational/academic resources and tools on there, like the maker-to-market how-to microsite Maker.io, a blog called The Circuit, an extensive collection of online conversion calculators and a lot more.

But back to the Back2School contest. It’s open to all students in the U.S. and Canada with a valid university or college email address. To enter, visit the official Back2School contest page between Sept. 4 - Sept. 30, 2019. Winners will be announced the week of Oct. 6.

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