Workshops, workshops, workshops!!

Take a look at what we have this month and sign up early to reserve your spot.  If you haven’t made it down to the shop yet, please come by to see us and sign up.  If you’re already a familiar face and know your way to our door, you are also welcome to call to secure your spot. 

We hope to see you down here soon!

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 your laptop, a breadboard, and Arduino with USB cable.

Inkscape for Laser Cutting
Saturday, September 18  2-4:30pm
Cost: $50 for non-members

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.

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).  Please bring your laptop.

Introduction to Electronics
Tuesday, September 21   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.

Inkscape for Laser Cutting
Thursday, September 23  7-9:30pm
Cost: $50 for non-members

Intro to the Arduino
Thursday, September 30  7-9pm
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.

… and, so far, we have scheduled for October…

Arduino Programming
Sunday, October 3   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 your laptop, a breadboard, and arduino with USB cable.

Advanced I/O for the Arduino
Sunday, October 10   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 your laptop, a breadboard, and Arduino with USB cable.

…Coming up soon…  Look for a return of the soldering class as well as a few new workshop offerings!