Fun skill patches offered by Adafruit


25 Responses to “Fun skill patches offered by Adafruit”

  1. Tim H says:

    What will the 9-year old need to do to earn the beer mug patch?

  2. Donald Petersen says:

    The powertool finger amputation one comes at a certain cost.

  3. Curt Thompson says:

    these are just great!  I like the welding one, but would also recommend metal lathe skills, metal mill skills, and metal forging

  4. bkad says:

    Cool! I used to love merit badges when I was in Boy Scouts (which was before they were anti-gay, so don’t be hatin’ on me).

  5. nixiebunny says:

     Those are some nice patches. Well done.

    Suggestion: for advanced maker scouts, a Nixie tube perhaps?

  6. woid says:

    Mark gets this bonus patch for the Tex Avery reference.

  7. octochicken says:

    -500 internet points for their web store forcing you to check out using Google accounts or PayPal rather than just checking out as a guest. I’ve tried resetting passwords for both accounts, but cannot do so and can’t even make a complaint to the company without an order number. Ridiculous.

    • ladyada says:

        Hi there Mr Octochicken! We do our best to provide as many methods of checkout as possible, right now we have Express Checkout using Paypal/Google. For Credit Cards, an account must be made (since we need shipping/billing addresses, phone# , etc)
      If you’re having any problems using the site, please visit where you can send an email thru our web interface (no login or order # required) or simply email and we’ll help you reset your account
      We hope to make the checkout process easier & better, thanks!

  8. relawson says:

    I would so be in for a “kids pack” of patches if they were a bit lower in price.

    Perhaps 10$ for a 5 or 6 pack of low level patches? My kids would totally geek out to earn them!

  9. Or Terrorist merit badges. 

  10. Chris Impicciche says:

    Processing patch but no Max MSP?

  11. LydiRae says:

    Needs more badges. Wood tools, dammit. 

  12. taghag says:

    wow, mark, your daughter is going to be super-busy for the next ten years.  oh well, i guess after that she’ll rule the world, so she can relax a bit. ;p

  13. Mark Gerl says:

    I definitely need to get these for my classroom!  

  14. Ultan says:

    The edging on these patches is done with a machine invented by one of my relatives, Joseph Merrow. (He invented overlock stitch machines in general, including the ones that edged your baby blankets and that made the seams in your pants. ) The company has been in the family for 174 years now. The only problem with these machines is that they never wear out and never become obsolete. I wish I could find a video showing the ballet of cams inside, but here’s a video of one in use:

  15. alissa mower clough says:

    (covet) Now, what are the requirements for each one?
    A cheat sheet someone?

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