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WKS114: Bluetooth Android Arduino-Based, App-Driven Hardware

This workshop features using low-cost Bluetooth modules and an easily created Android app to remotely control functions on an Arduino and provide students the basics of creating their own project. Students will learn about serial communication between the Bluetooth module and the Arduino and also learn about passing simple values over the Bluetooth radio built into their Android tablets or phones to a low-cost Bluetooth module. We will cover basic graphical programming using MIT's App Inventor 2. Each student will leave with a kit including an Arduino-compatible Trinket Pro, Bluetooth module and other necessary components.

Students will walk away with a kit including and Arduino-compatible Trinket Pro, Bluetooth module and other necessary components.

Please bring your own Android tablet or phone running 4.1 or higher.

Maximum number of students: 9.

**All students must bring a laptop to class**

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Bluetooth Android Arduino-Based, App-Driven Hardware Saturday, 2/13/16 1:00 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $130.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $150.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Bluetooth Android Arduino-Based, App-Driven Hardware Saturday, 2/27/16 12:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $130.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $150.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS120: Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi

Install RetroPie, the free open-source emulator package, and get started with your own retro Raspberry Pi game console. We will show you the ins and outs of this software, including how to mount the image, button mapping, system performance, and how to build your own controller.

We will supply the hdmi cable, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and SD card reader in class.

You'll leave with a Raspberry Pi B+, SNES USB controller, 8GB microSD card, WiFi Dongle and USB power supply!

**All students must bring a laptop to class**

1 session currently scheduled:
    Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi Monday, 2/22/16 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $150.00 plus $70.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $170.00 plus $70.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1204: Leatherworking- Make a Belt!

Tired of searching for a simple, high-quality leather belt that fits your waist and your budget? Make your own! In this workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of leather cutting, embossing, hand sewing, and installing hardware – everything you need to tackle your own leather projects in the future. In addition to a custom belt, you will also walk away with tips on sourcing leather, books for further instruction, and suggestions for your next leather project.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking- Make a Belt! Wednesday, 2/17/16 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Leatherworking- Make a Belt! Wednesday, 2/24/16 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1237: Make It a Date! Vacuum Formed Chocolate Sweethearts

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a date at TechShop!

Make your very own chocolate and Sweetheart chocolate mold using TechShop's vacuum forming machine. You will customize your sweetheart design using laser cut letters, then you'll use the vacuum former to make a food-safe plastic mold. Next, you will pour delicious molten chocolate into your finished mold. The best part? Enjoying your handmade chocolate heart! You and your date will each make a tasty chocolate creation and walk away with a custom mold to use again at home.

This Make-it, Take-it workshop is open to both members and non-members of TechShop.

Note: This is not a Safety and Basic Usage class. To learn more about vacuum forming, check out our Vacuum Forming SBU class, offered regularly.

A mere $60 gets you and a partner a spot in these exclusive, limited-time workshops.

Only one person per couple needs to register.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Make It a Date! Vacuum Formed Chocolate Sweethearts Thursday, 2/11/16 7:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1239: Aluminum Casting with a Kiln

In this workshop, you will cast a small object from a hand-cut foam mold. Aluminum ingots will be heated to 1500 degrees in our small kiln while students carve their molds out of foam blocks. Your instructor will discuss pattern design, mold troubleshooting and, most importantly, safety.

Molten aluminum will be handled, so participants must wear leather footwear (preferably boots), long sleeves and pants.

This class will NOT clear you to use the kiln for metal casting, as this is an extremely dangerous activity. Once you have taken this workshop, you will be approved to bring molds you have designed to our once-monthly casting event. Molds will be collected by our staff and will be cast during off-hours in the shop. Students can observe the casting if they wish; castings will be left in the shop to cool, and students will be emailed when they are ready for pickup!

Class Prerequisite: None!

Basic materials will be provided.

Minimum age: 18

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants.

  • Advised: Leather boots.


2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Aluminum Casting with a Kiln Monday, 2/15/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting with a Kiln Tuesday, 2/23/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1240: Make Custom Hammered & Enameled Copper Bowl

We're excited to bring you one of TechShop DC-Arlington's first team-taught classes! Join instructors Tony Ritchie and Kat Jamieson as they teach you to shape a sheet of copper into a bowl and then enamel your creation.

Make a colorful, eye-catching piece by forming and enameling your own hammered copper bowl. You’ll make your bowl using sheet metal shaping tools such as planishing hammers and shot bags. NOTE: All TechShop sheet metal shaping tools are not to be used to work with metal thicker than 16 gauge. Then, you will create a colorful finish for your new bowl with a variety of enameling techniques. Using colorful ground-glass powders applied to the metal and then firing in a high temperature kiln will allow you to give your bowl a one-of-a-kind look; layers of color can be built up using multiple quick firings. Whether you're giving it as a gift or keeping it for your own use, this bowl will be an attention-getter.

Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the planishing hammer, metal shrinker and stretcher, Beverly shear, shot bags, and hammers. You will also be cleared to use the kiln.

Class Prerequisite: None

Basic materials will be provided.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using these tools outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

  • Advisable: Hearing protection

  • 2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Make Custom Hammered & Enameled Copper Bowl Monday, 2/22/16 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        Make Custom Hammered & Enameled Copper Bowl Monday, 2/29/16 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS1254: Advanced Sewing: Create a Reversible Fleece Hat

    Join us at TechShop DC-Arlington to learn how to make a reversible fleece hat! Utilize your basic sewing skills and techniques to create a unique hat with optional customization.

    As this is a custom item, please bring the following:
    • 2 yards of fleece fabric

    • Basic thread in a preferred color
    • Feel free to bring your own sewing kit if you like (scissors, seam ripper, pins) but TechShop will otherwise supply these materials
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of TechShop Basic Sewing Machine SBU prior to taking this class. If you haven't yet taken this class, sign up for the next available session here.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Advanced Sewing: Create a Reversible Fleece Hat Saturday, 2/20/16 4:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $85.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS1257: Make a Mitered Jewelry or Gift Box

    Looking to expand your basic woodworking knowledge? Join us for this cool workshop, led by a professional woodworker! You'll learn about basic solid wood material properties that will affect how you work with wood, as well as how to select wood to ensure you're working with quality material that will give you the results you want. Then, your instructor will lead you through an introduction to precision splined mitered joinery using the table saw, and teach you to use the dado blade to make grooves and rabbets. Ultimately, you'll get a chance to fabricate your own mitered box! There will be a variety of wood species to choose from, so you can customize a box that is just right for you! You can also give away your box- it's a gift that is sure to surprise and delight.

    Prerequisite: Woodshop SBU. If you haven't taken this class yet, sign up for the next available session here.

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Make a Mitered Jewelry or Gift Box Monday, 2/15/16 2:30 PM 4.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    1 SEAT LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS1259: Build a Wine Rack

    We all like to savor a nice glass or two of wine from time to time. However, storing the wine you've yet to drink can be a chore. Now, you can display the bottles you're waiting to enjoy on a handmade wine rack! A perfect project for woodworking beginners (yet still fun for those more experienced in the wood shop), this class will reinforce what you learned about using basic wood shop tools in our Woodshop SBU. The instructor is a professional woodworker with decades of experience and will be there to provide plenty of advice and support as he guides you through this project. When you're finished, you'll have a beautiful wine rack to place in your home- or to give away as an amazing gift!

    Prerequisite: Woodshop SBU. If you haven't taken this class yet, sign up for the next available session here.

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Build a Wine Rack Tuesday, 2/9/16 5:30 PM 4.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        Build a Wine Rack Tuesday, 2/23/16 5:30 PM 4.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS201: 3D Scanning- Hack Your Xbox Kinect!

    Did you know that your Xbox Kinect can be hacked to become a 3D scanner? All you need is a bit of patience, software, and some excellent instruction! One of our knowledgeable 3D printing instructors will take you through the process, step-by-step. You'll not only learn about the wide-ranging usefulness of 3D scanning, but also how to turn your Kinect into a 3D scanner and operate the scanning software. You'll walk away from this workshop with the ability to hack your own 3D scanner, as well as an .stl file of yourself! This file type can be used on a 3D printer or even on the ShopBot. Get your loved ones what they've always wanted for the holidays: a desktop version of you! It's possible, thanks to 3D scanning and this awesome workshop.

    Project: .stl file of yourself from 3D scan

    Prerequisites: None!

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When in the shop outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian.

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        3D Scanning- Hack Your Xbox Kinect! Tuesday, 2/16/16 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        3D Scanning- Hack Your Xbox Kinect! Tuesday, 2/23/16 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        3D Scanning- Hack Your Xbox Kinect! Monday, 2/29/16 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS203: Make a Plasma Cut Flower

    Want to impress your loved one with a handmade gift this season? Need a "Get out of Jail Free" card? Come to TechShop and make a one-of-a-kind decorative flower out of steel using a plasma cutter and spot welder! In this workshop, each student will design a flower on sheet steel and use the plasma cutter to cut the design straight out of the metal. You,ll then learn to work with the metal to create curves in your petals and leaves. Once the "petals" are ready, you'll attach them to a metal "stem" and spot weld them together. This is a flower that will never, ever wilt! You will walk away from this workshop with an impressive handmade metal flower that is sure to please even the hardest to impress on your holiday gift list.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Make a Plasma Cut Flower Thursday, 2/11/16 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS204: Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet

    Let's face it: so many wallets out there are pretty boring. Since you take it with you everywhere, don't you want something more interesting? Here's your chance to make a custom leather wallet using a laser cutter! When someone admires your cool new billfold, you'll be able to say, "Oh this? I made it with a laser!"

    In this workshop, you'll cut out a wallet design using the laser cutter. Then, you can etch into the surface of the leather to customize it to your heart's content! Finally, you'll hand-stitch your creation together into its fetching, functional final form. Your instructor will also provide valuable guidance on working with leather in the laser. You'll walk away with plenty of tips and tricks to help you continue working on laser projects that incorporate leather. Every student will leave this workshop with a personalized wallet that would make a perfect gift- or treat yourself and keep it for your own use!

    Note: This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. To learn more about laser cutting and etching, check out our Laser Cutting SBU - ULS, offered regularly.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - ULS prior to taking this class is recommended. Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator is also helpful.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet Friday, 2/12/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    1 SEAT LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet Friday, 2/19/16 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet Friday, 2/26/16 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS205: Basic Photoshop and Frame Building

    With two instructors and two topics, students truly get two classes for the price of one! This class will cover three areas of the shop, for a well-rounded experience resulting in an awesome workshop takeaway.

    First, students will get hands on instruction from a Professional photographer on basic Photoshop functions including retouching, optimization of file sizes, and basic shortcut keys. Bring your favorite photograph or artwork to work on in class. After your photo has been perfected, you'll learn how to use the large format printer, which can be used to print posters, banners, and, of course, photos.

    Now that you have your large image printed, what better next step than to frame it? Since we're all makers, there's no one better to frame your image than yourself! In the second part of this class, students are introduced to fast framing techniques from a master woodworker in our woodshop. When this class is done, you'll have a personally custom-edited, printed image in a hand made frame that is ready for display! Not only will you learn some new skills, but the whole workshop will cost you less than a professional frame job!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Basic Photoshop and Frame Building Saturday, 2/13/16 4:00 PM 4.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS417: Sew and Embroider a Plush Candy Heart!

    Need to make something adorable and clever for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Just looking for something fuzzy to cuddle? In this workshop, you'll get to sew your very own plush candy heart! On top of that, you'll get to embroider your heart with a sweet (or salty, depending on your sense of humor) saying to really bring your creation to life. This workshop will help turn your basic sewing skills into a one of a kind gift that's sure to set hearts racing.

    As this is a custom project, each student will want to bring the following:
    • 1/2 yard of polar fleece, minky, velvet, or other plush fabric.

    • One small bag of Poly-Fil Fiber Fill or other stuffing.

    • 1”-wide non-roll elastic. Measure around your waist and add 4” (Get 1-1/4” wide if you are a size 22+ or if sweater material is super heavy)

    • Leggings are recommended so that you don't have to hit the TechShop restroom every time you need to try the garment on for fit and proper sizing while you're pinning
    Feel free to bring your own sewing kit if you like (scissors, seam ripper, pins) but TechShop will otherwise supply these materials.

    Prerequisites: Basic Sewing SBU. CNC Embroiderer SBU is recommended, but not required.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Sew and Embroider a Plush Candy Heart! Wednesday, 2/10/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS436: Soapstone Turning on the Wood Lathe

    Ever wished you could turn more than wood on a wood lathe? Here's the good news- you can! Students in this workshop will learn the finer points of turning soapstone on the wood lathe. Soapstone, unlike other stones, is soft enough to be tuned on the lathe, and can be worked more quickly, easily and accurately than with traditional stone carving. This class is also an excellent introduction to face plate turning, which is perfect for anyone looking to make concave projects (bowls, goblets, etc.). Students will turn a tealight candle holder out of a gorgeous piece of blue-green soapstone, the perfect starter project for anyone looking to turn more complex projects out of soapstone in the future.



    Prerequisite: Wood Lathe SBU.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Soapstone Turning on the Wood Lathe Sunday, 2/7/16 2:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS131: Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs

    Vinyl cutting and screen printing go hand-in-hand, and this fun, holiday-themed workshop will show you how! First, you'll learn how to safely operate the vinyl cutter and use it to make custom stencils to suit all your screen printing needs. The final product of this class will be an Ugly "Sweater", so you'll choose from a bunch of seasonally-themed designs to cut on the machine. You'll also learn how to import your own vector designs from graphics programs in order to create cool stickers, custom signage, and more!

    Next, it's on to the screen printing station. You'll learn how to prep your stencil, transfer it to a screen, mask the screen, then apply ink through the stencil and screen onto your shirt! It's a much quicker, easier process than photo emulsion, and it cures quickly, too. You'll spend the last few minutes of class heat-setting your shirt and, voila! You'll be the proud owner of your very own, handmade ugly "sweater" (aka sweatshirt) that is sure to be a year-round eye catcher.

    Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the screen printing station AND vinyl cutter!

    Project: Custom ugly sweater long-sleeve shirt

    Prerequisites: None!

    Equipment access: Silkscreen station and vinyl cutter

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the screen printing station and/or vinyl cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs Friday, 2/12/16 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs Friday, 2/26/16 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.