(Still) Upcoming Workshops for August and September

This is just a reminder even though we’re halfway through this sunniest of Seattle months, we still have plenty of workshops left to take in August in addition to the workshops that have already been scheduled for September. You can see what we’ve got lined up below:

Inkscape for Laser Cutting
Saturday, August 21  2-4:30pm
Cost: $50 for non-membersbunny

This workshop is an introduction to Inkscape, focusing on the tools needed for laser cutting. It is appropriate for those who have never used or have limited experience with Inkscape.  The last half hour of the class is supervised design time where you can create your own 3”x5” design and have it cut it out in 3mm thick birch using the laser cutter.
This workshop requires a laptop with the latest version of Inkscape installed and a mouse with a scroll wheel.

Intro to the Arduino
Saturday, August 28   2-4pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This workshop will cover the basics of the Arduino. We’ll go over what it is, what it can do, and why you’d want to use it. We’ll also go over a couple of basic programs. This course is great for people who’ve never programmed before and have no microcontroller experience. We’ll give you an Arduino, a breadboard, and some simple components.
This workshop requires a laptop.

Arduino Programming
Sunday, August 29   2-4pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
Now that you’ve gotten some familiarity with the Arduino, it’s time to learn how to program the thing. We’ll cover programming basics like functions, loops, and conditionals. We’ll also talk about how to use classes, though we won’t be writing any.
This class requires an arduino and breadboard.

Introduction to Electronics
Tuesday, August 31   7-9:30pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This workshop covers everything you need to know to get started in electronics. We’ll start from the basics of electricity and work our way up to using integrated circuits. Fading, blinking, and dimming LEDs help demonstrate key electronics concepts. You’ll leave this workshop with a kit of everything you need to build the circuits we cover.

…And in September…

Advanced I/O for the Arduino
Sunday, September 12   2-4pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
The importance of the Arduino is mostly in how you can interface it with the rest of the analog world. We’ll talk about using analog inputs to sense light and sound. We’ll also go over using PWM to control the brightness of LEDs. Lastly, we’ll cover how to use servo motors.  This class comes with several sensors and other components.
You’ll need a breadboard and Arduino.

Arduino Robots
Sunday, September 19   2-5pm
Cost: $50 for non-members
This last Arduino workshop will wrap everything from the other workshops together into an interesting project. We’ll spend the class integrating sensors, motors, and various programming techniques into a line following robot car.
We’ll give you most of the supplies, but you’ll also need everything from the other three workshops (which you can buy separately if you only want to take this class).