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    Hello element14 Community Members!

     

    We want you to know how much we value the problem-solving, innovations and creativity you bring to the element14 Community. As a way of thanking you for all that you do, we've developed a system for recognizing you and your contributions in front of your fellow engineers and hobbyists.

     

    You may have noticed that each of you who have joined the element14 Community has an icon on your profile to identify the level of status you've reached. Each member starts out as a "Level 1: Coulomb" with 0 points. You earn points by participating in the Community.  You may also complete missions that allow you to earn badges that you can display to showcase your level of expertise and achievements within the Community to your fellow members.

     

    Below you’ll find a list of the available levels, the actions can earn you points and available missions for you to complete to earn badges.

     

     

    What do you get for earning points?

     

    We will regularly review members who have demonstrated a high level of participation and contribution. Upon meeting select criteria (Becoming a Top Member of the element14 Community), element14 Community invites the members who have established themselves as influencers, mentors and thought-leaders to join the "Top Members group". The Top Members are a respected group of people who are given access to a part of the site where they participate in exclusive activities and interactions, get sneak peeks at new content and features, interact with members of staff and shape the future of element14 Community through voting on and consulting on future features.

     

    Earning points also shows staff how active you are on the website and can be used to steer decisions as to whether or not you're selected for a RoadTests or a Design Challenge.

     

    Not a member, but want to join to contribute and earn points to be recognized? Click here to register

     

    Have an idea or suggestion you'd like to share with us? Share it with us in Feedback & Support.

     

    Are these all of the badges available?

    No... in fact our staff have hidden a few around the website which requires certain criteria to be met. Often badges will be created to coincide with certain events or activities on the Community website, or perhaps they're created on a whim just for fun (Badger, badger... ahem).

     

     

     

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    Levels Explained

    Below is a list of the available levels and the minimum number of points you must have in order to reach the next level.  Every member starts out with 0 points, a Level 1: Coulomb.  The levels are a tribute to a historical figure that’s made significant contributions in electronics history.  We encourage you to learn more about the engineer that represents your level by clicking on the “Get the Full History Lesson” links below.

     

    Level

    Points NeededThe History Behind the Level

    Level 1: Coulomb

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    0

    Honors Charles-Augustin de Coulomb.  The French physicist best known for creating the definition of electrostatic force of attraction and repulsion, the Coulombs Law.  Get the Full History Lesson.

    Level 2: Volta

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    500

    Alessandro Volta was a physicist and entrepreneur said to have created the first battery in the world: the voltaic pile.  For his work discovering the proportional relationship between potential and charge, the unit of electric potential is known as the volt. Get the Full History Lesson

    Level 3: Ampere

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    1,000

    French physicist Andre-Marie Ampere founded the science of electromagnetism.  You will still hear his name mentioned in modern electronics due to the unit for measuring electric current, the Ampere (Amp) being named after him.  Get the Full History Lesson

    Level 4: Ohm

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    2,500

    Georg Ohm is credited for the discovery of the proportional relationship between current and voltage, and thus gives his name to the unit of resistance: the ohm.  Ohm was also a high school teacher, using the Voltaic Pile to develop his understanding of electricity. Get the Full History Lesson

    Level 5: Faraday

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    Michael Faraday, FRS was an English chemist and physicist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. Get the Full History Lesson

    Level 6: Lovelace

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    Ada Lovelace was arguably the first computer scientist, and is credited with the first algorithm designed to run on a “computer”.  Get the Full History Lesson

    Level 7: Edison

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    Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor, scientist and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world.  Get the Full History Lesson

    Level 8: Tesla

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    50,000

    Tesla is most famous for his influence in introducing AC power, and by extension his famous clashes with Edison, the leading exponent of DC power. Get the Full History Lesson

    Level 9: Hertz

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    100,000

    Heinrich Rudolf Hertz was a German physicist who clarified and expanded electromagnetic theory of light.  He was the first to satisfactorily demonstrate the existence of electromagnetic waves by building an apparatus to produce and detect VHF or UHF radio waves. Get the Full History Lesson

    Level 10: Turing

    250,000Alan Turing, mathematician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist and much more is known for working in British intelligence during the Second World War, but also notably for designing the Automatic Computing Engine.

    Level 11: Clarke

    500,000Edith Clarke was the first female electrical engineer and first female professor of electrical engineering. Specialising in electrical power system analysis and wrote the textbook 'Circuit Analysis of A-C Power Systems'.

    Level 12: Ayrton

    1,000,000Hertha Ayrton, an electrical engineer with a background in mathematics and the first female to read their own paper before the Institution of Electrical Engineers on 'The Hissing of the Electric Arc'.
    Points for Activities

    Below you'll notice a list of the points awarded for each activity completed in element14 Community.  Points help you climb to the next level in the Community.  (The items with a * next to them will earn a higher point value for completing the task the first time.

     

    (The number of points awarded is subject to change to meet the needs of members as the Community grows and evolves.)

     

    Activity

    Points Earned

    Daily Max (times you can complete the action in a day to earn points)

    Updated

    Post a new discussion or ask a new question*

    10

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Replying to existing discussion

    5

    10

    Nov 12, 2014

    Create a blog post*

    15

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Like something

    5

    10

    Nov 12, 2014

    Someone likes something you created

    10

    none

    Nov 12, 2014

    Create a new document

    10

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Rate a document*

    5

    10

    Nov 12, 2014

    A document you created receives a rating

    10

    none

    Nov 12, 2014

    Download a document attachment*

    5

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Download an uploaded file (i.e. spreadsheet, presentation, PDF ect…)

    5

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Log In

    10

    1

    Nov 12, 2014

    Vote in a poll*

    15

    3

    Introduced: Nov 12, 2014

    Daily Max updated from none to 3 on June 1, 2015

    Leave a comment*

    5

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Someone responds to your comment

    10

    none

    Nov 12, 2014

    Bookmark something

    5

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Add a tag

    5

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Someone follows you

    10

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    @mention someone*

    5

    5

    Nov 12, 2014

    Someone @mentions you*

    10

    none

    Nov 12, 2014

    Mark a reply to a question or discussion as “helpful”*

    10

    10

    Nov 12, 2014

    Mark a reply to your question as “correct”

    15

    10

    Nov 12, 2014

    Someone marks your reply to their question as “correct”

    25

    none

    Nov 12, 2014

    Reply to a Question              5            none      Feb 19, 2015
    Active Badges and Missions

    You may also notice that some members have special badges that you might have in your available missions.  These badges are meant to help you easily identify Community members with specific qualifications more easily or reward a member for a special achievement.

     

    Badge

    How to Achieve

    Points

    Introduced

    Member of the Month

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    You have held the title "Member of the Month"

    n/a

    November 12, 2014

    Top Members

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    This badge identifies the individuals who the element14 Community team has invited to be Top Members. You can trust their experience and expect high quality contributions from them.

    n/a

    November 12, 2014

    Design Challenge Winner

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    This badge identifies the first place winner from a Design Challenge.

    200November 14, 2014

    Design Challenge Challenger

    You were selected as a challenger in a Design Challenge100April 17, 2015

    Plugged In

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    Complete some basic new member activities such as update your avatar and profile, read the New Member Welcome Blog and Follow a new friend to get "plugged in".

    500January 7,2015

    Amped Up!

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    Like a blog post for the first time, create your first comment and rate a document for the first time.

    200

    November 12, 2014

    MegaBytes

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    @mention someone for the first time, use tags for the first time, Mark a question helpful for the first time and write your first blog post to earn the MegaBytes badge.

    50

    November 12, 2014

    Ignite Conversation

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    Start and reply to a discussion for the first time.

    50

    November 12, 2014

    element14 Employee

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    This badge identifies any member who is an employee of the element14 company.  If you have questions or get lost - members with this badge can help!

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    Helpful Member I

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    15 of your responses to other members' questions in the Community were marked "helpful"25April 13, 2015

    Helpful Member II

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    30 of your responses to other members' questions in the Community were marked "helpful"50April 13, 2015

    Helpful Member III

     

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    50 of your responses to other members' questions in the Community were marked "helpful"100April 13, 2015

    Expert I

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    10 of your responses to other members' questions in the Community were marked "correct"25April 13, 2015

    Expert II

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    20 of your responses to other members' questions in the Community were marked "correct"50April 13, 2015

    Expert III

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    40 of your responses to other members' questions in the Community were marked "correct"100April 13, 2015

    Pi Expert I

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    Have 10 of your responses to other members' questions in any one of these Raspberry Pi groups marked "correct".

    50April 13, 2015

    Pi Expert II

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    Have 20 of your responses to other members' questions in any one of these Raspberry Pi groups marked "correct".75April 13, 2015

    Pi Expert III

     

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    Have 40 of your responses to other members' questions in any one of these Raspberry Pi groups marked "correct".150April 13, 2015

    Arduino Expert I

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    5 of your responses to other members' questions in the Arduino group were marked "correct"25April 13, 2015

    Arduino Expert II

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    10 of your responses to other members' questions in the Arduino group were marked "correct"50April 13, 2015

    Arduino Expert III

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    25 of your responses to other members' questions in the Arduino group were marked "correct"100April 13, 2015

    3D Printer Expert I

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    5 of your responses to other members' questions in the 3D Printing group were marked "correct"25April 13, 2015

    3D Printer Expert II

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    10 of your responses to other members' questions in the 3D Printing group were marked "correct"50April 13, 2015

    3D Printer Expert III

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    25 of your responses to other members' questions in the 3D Printing group were marked "correct"100April 13, 2015

    Tuned-Up

    Tuned Up

    -Like something 5 times

    -Reply to a question 4 times

    -Start a discussion 3 times

    - Have a reply to a question marked as helpful 2 times

    -Vote in a poll 1 time

    75July 29th, 2015

    CodeBug

     

    -Read through all "10 CodeBug Projects in 10 Days" Projects

    -Like your 2 favorite CodeBug Projects

    100September 30th, 2015

    micro:bit

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    -Read through all "10 micro:bit Projects in 10 Days" posts, and...

    -"Like" your two favorite projects.

    100June 6th, 2016

    Support Helper: Level I

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    - Reply to 20 conversations on Feedback and Support

    - Have 5 responses marked as Helpful

    - Have 2 responses marked as Correct

    100August 31st, 2016

    Support Helper: Level II

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    - Reply to 40 conversations on Feedback and Support

    - Have 20 responses marked as Helpful

    - Have 10 responses marked as Correct

    250August 31st, 2016

    ESSENTIALS LEARNING MODULES

    Connector Skills I

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    Complete our Essentials: Connectors I course, take the quiz and leave your feedback to earn this badge, and let the world know you got mad connector skills, son!100

    Connector Skills II

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    Complete our Essentials: Connectors II course, take the quiz, leave your feedback and make your voice heard by voting for the topic of a future Essentials Module.125

    Connector Skills III

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    Complete our element14 Essentials: Connectors III  course, take the quiz, leave your feedback in the comments then download the .pdf for future reference.125

    Sensors Skills I

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    Complete our element14 Essentials: Sensors I  course, take the quiz, leave your feedback and bookmark the page, so you know when the next installment is live!125

    Sensors Skills II

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    Complete our element14 Essentials: Sensors II  course, take the quiz, leave your feedback and bookmark the page, so you know when the next installment is live.125

    PROJECT14

    Founder


    A member of the element14 community who helped launch the program:

    100

    July 21, 2017

    Winner Trophy


    Awarded to any member that was voted as a First Place or Grand Prize Winner of a Project14 project competition:

    250

    July 21, 2017

    Mentor


    You have helped support or guide another member through the process of completing their project or have been an example to other members by providing mentorship:

    150July 21, 2017

    Step Climber

    You made progress on a Project14 submission even if you didn't complete the project.  Every step counts!

    50August 22, 2017

    Finisher


    You submitted a complete Project14 project (be original, list the steps, follow the theme, submit a video)!

    100August 22, 2017

    Influencer


    Your Project14 submission inspired others to compete.

    100

    August 22, 2017

    Heart Trophy (Valentine's Day)


    A Heart Trophy is awarded on Valentine's Day to any member that gives or receives a Gift to Give prize following the Holiday Special:

    250

    February 13, 2019

    Grand Prize Winner

    You special trophy for winning the Grand Prize of a project competition.

    250

    Heart Trophy


    Given for unexpected Gift to Gives outside of Valentine's Day!   Can be given for gifting a prize to another member or for receiving a prize that was gifted by another member.   It can be for a project that didn't win, as a way to show appreciation for effort, and as a way 

    250

    June 4, 2019

    Presenter

    A badge awarded to any community member who volunteered to be a presenter in a Project14 Live Stream!:

    200June 4, 2019

    Decider

    A badge awarded for volunteering to help judge a Project14 Competition:

    150June 16, 2019
    Archived Badges

    You may see some badges on our member's pages that you are no longer able to get. Below is a quick reference for what those badges mean.

     

    Design Challenge Community Choice

    You were selected as a Community Choice in a Design Challenge175

    April 17, 2015

    Design Challenge Honorable Mention

    You were selected as a Honorable Mention in a Design Challenge150

    August 31, 2016

    Design Challenge People’s Choice

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    This badge identifies a People’s Choice winner from a Design Challenge.

    175

    April 17, 2015

    Design Challenge Runner Up

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    This badge identifies a Design Challenge Runner Up.

    150

    April 17, 2015

    Design Challenge Finalist

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    This badge identifies a Design Challenge Finalist.

    100

    April 17, 2015

    2014 Member of the Year Nominee

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    This badge identifies a member who has been nominated for Member of the Year as part of  the element14 Community Awards250August 31, 2016

    2014 Project of the Year Nominee

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    This badge identifies a member who's project has been nominated for Project of the Year as part of  the element14 Community Awards

    250August 31, 2016

    I Voted 2015

     

     

    Vote on all 7 polls for the 2015 Member Awards, you should vote too!25August 31, 2016

    Year of the Monkey

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    Join us in celebrating the Chinese New Year by posting your innovative project ideas in our Year of the Monkey blogs.200August 31, 2016

    Share the Love

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    Liking is the first step toward loving, so show the element14 Community your affection by making full use of the Like button! To earn the badge, Like 20 different pieces of content, and have 10 people Like your original posts.125August 31, 2016

    The Red Key

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    The Red Key badge was part of an Easter egg hunt to find five hidden Raspberry Pi 3's somewhere on the Community. Only five people were able to earn this badge, and the riddle was solved within 24 hours!300August 31, 2016

    Jedi

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    For one day only (May 4th, 2016), update your profile and avatar with your favourite Star Wars character, post a Star Wars status update and vote in our Star Wars Tech Poll, and a Jedi will you be!100August 31, 2016