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Burley Students Get Electronic Helping Hand

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By Jay Michaels

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Last year Burley High School student Thomas Slusser wanted to do more advanced electronics projects. But he realized he'd need a "hot air rework station" to do so. That's when he contacted the Hakko USA company directly.

Slusser says, "I basically just asked them if they could donate any hot air rework station to us, if it was used or a demo unit, that would be absolutely fine. They ended sending us a used demo unit."

This hair dryer like unit blows hot air at 350 degrees Celsius to melt electronic solder. Students can use the unit to remove surface mount components, which don't have easily accessible leads which attach them to circuit boards.

Carl Voight, Director of the Cassia Regional Technical Center, says, "The students will not only benefit this year, but in future years. It's something that our kids will get to use, and have access to for years to come, because of what Thomas took the initiative to get done. It's awesome."

Slusser points out that students can remove an electronic chip without damaging other components on the circuit board. He explains this is a professional level piece of equipment, which gives them professional results.

Slusser says, "I'd just really like to thank the company for donating this to our Technical Center, it's really generous of them. I understand they didn't need to do it, but they saw that we could use the equipment."

It’s the initiative of one student benefiting many others in the years to come.

December 2, 2013.


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