About the Competition
As far back as 1820, when Hans Christian Ørsted passed a current through a wire causing a compass need to move due to the magnetic field produced (Ørsted’s Law), magnetism has inspired simple experiments that would ultimately change the world with a slew of innovations. Michael Faraday's simple experiment of passing a magnet through a cardboard tube wrapped with wire causing an induced EMF (Faraday’s Law of Induction) formed the foundation of commonplace devices like the electric motor, transformer, generator, and electric guitar pick up.
Today's generation of magnetics are finely engineered devices that are utilized in advanced applications, spanning power conversion, filters, oscillators, circuit isolation, and many more. To this end, element14's Experimenting with Magnetic Components competition is an opportunity to provide our participants a kit of magnetic components so they can conduct their own experiments and blog about what they learned. Our judges will select the best experiment-blog reports and award some really great prizes to the winners.
What kind of experiments can the participants perform?
It depends on your interests! EMI suppression, filters, DC/DC converters, power line noise suppression, isolation power supplies, and more. It's totally up to you, so use your imagination and creativity.
What do I need to do to win the Grand Prize or Runner Up Prize?
After the month long enrollment period is complete, and the 10 FREE magnetic component kits are shipped, you will have 8 weeks to complete your experiments, write two blogs, and share what you learned about magnetic components. You will be judged by the quality of your final blog and what you learned about these components.
What do I get if I don't win the Grand Prize, but I wrote the two blogs?
If you successfully finish, yet are not the grand or runner-up prize winners, you will be eligible to receive the finisher prize. But remember, you have to write two blogs by the deadline to be considered a finisher!
Who is Eligible to Enroll?
Any element14 member can enroll in the Experimenting with Magnetic Components competition. But to receive one of 10 FREE magnetic component kits, you need to submit an application by the enrollment deadline, September 10th, 2021. (If you're not an element14 member go to https://www.element14.com/community/create-account.jspa to create an account or . It takes less than a minute to register.)
|Enrollment Begins:||July 29, 2021|
|Enrollment Ends:||September 10th, 2021|
|Applicants Selected:||September 14, 2021|
|Challenge Begins:||September 21, 2021|
|Challenge Ends:||November 15, 2021|
Blogging Requirements: Only 2 Blogs!
In order to successfully finish this competition in full, you are required to blog twice during the competition period. You can blog more than twice, if you wish. Our recommendation is:
Write Blog 1: Introduce yourself and explain what experiments you plan to perform. Due October 5th, 2021.
Write Blog 2: Show the results of your experiments, using images, screen captures, videos, tables, charts, etc. Then tell us what you learned about magnetic components. Due November 15, 2021.
Please also tag your blogs with 'Experimenting with Magnetic Components.'
There will be two great prizes: a Grand Prize and a Runner Up prize. We will also offer a finisher prize to those who have met the requirements for finishing the competition in full by November 15, 2021.
The Grand Prize will have two options:
|Option A||Option B|
Dell G15 5510 15.6" Gaming Laptop Computer - Grey
Intel Core i7 10th Gen 10870H 2.2GHz Processor; NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6; 16GB DDR4-2933 RAM; 1TB Solid State Drive
Epson - Home Cinema 3200 4K 3LCD Projector with High Dynamic Range - White
The Runner Up Winner will have two options:
|Option A||Option B|
Apple Series 6 Watch
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
The Finisher Prize is:
MP730001 Handheld Digital Multimeter
The Magnetic Components Experimenter’s Kit
element14 is offering for this competition 10 kits FREE of charge. To be eligible to receive one of them, you must submit an application by the enrollment deadline (September 10th, 2021). Here is the kit:
|Line Filter, 51µH|
|RF Choke, Radial Lead, Radial Lead, 3.3 µH|
|RF Choke, 47µH|
|High Current Choke, 10µH|
|400 Volt Radial Inductor|
|Inductor, Radial Leaded, 1 mH|
|RF Choke, 1.8 mH|
|Inductor, 100 µH|
|Common Mode Choke, 12.5 µH|
|Common Mode Choke, 9 µH|
|Common Mode Choke, 7.5 µH|
|Common Mode Inductor, 470µH|
|Pulse Transformer, 300µH|
|Pulse, Transformer, 250µH|
*Click buy now link to see product data sheet
Top Members of the element14 Community will be our judges. They are:
Top Member shabaz
Shabaz has studied Electronics Engineering followed by Law, and worked primarily in the fields of radio communications (military), telecommunications (infrastructure used by phone companies), data networks, and information technology. He was originally involved in hardware design, followed by software engineering and technical marketing.
Top Member DAB
Don spent 35 years in the aerospace industry working on many advanced projects. His range of experience covers nearly every scientific field and most ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum. He has a very broad interest and knowledge in science with extensive analysis in image, multispectral and hyper-spectral analysis. He has also worked on a wide range of embedded computer applications, including integrated search and rescue systems.
Thank you to our Judges for offering their time and service.
Tips on Writing Your Application
If you want to get a chance to obtain one of the 10 FREE Kits, you will need to submit an application no later than September 10th, 2021. The key to a winning application is to provide as much meaningful information about your proposed experiments as possible.
Please don't write a book! The application should be detailed enough to give the judges a good idea of what you plan to do and how you plan to pull it off. By answering each of the following questions in your application, you will provide the judges with the information they need to make their decisions:
(a) Describe your technical background.
(b) Why are you interested in this competition? What's your interest or experience with magnetic components?
(c) What kind of experiment(s) do you plan to perform? (Be as specific as you can)
(d) Have you participated in the element14 Community? If so, please provide some links to what you've done. If you are a new member, answer "New Member."
All interested element14 members must submit an application before the end of enrollment on September 3rd, 2021.
Here are some other suggestions for completing a winning application:
1. Please complete all required information (contact information, etc.)
In the Project Title field, use "Experimenting with Magnetic Components" or your element14 member name. Please use the email address that is associated with your element14 profile.
2. Complete all of the application questions
Tell us why you want to be selected. Before deciding what you want to write, think about the following things:
- You are entering a competition. The most persuasive applications are the ones that attract the eye of the judges.
- A single sentence application will never be selected. This competition is not a game of chance.
- Be as detailed as possible, but don't write a book.
Anyone Can Participate in Experimenting with Magnetic Components
Any element14 member can enroll in the 'Experimenting with Magnetic Components' competition. To receive one of the 10 FREE magnetic components kits, you need to submit an application by the deadline, September 10th, 2021.
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