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EEE301: LED Lamp Making

Add a personal touch to your home decor. These high-tech lanterns will transform a room with custom LED colors and brightness controlled via arduino. Students will also participate in a laser cutting demo while assembling their wooden Japanese-style lanterns.

Special thanks to Joseph Brown for photographing this class project. View more of his work here.

1 session currently scheduled:
    LED Lamp Making Wednesday, 12/21/16 10:00 AM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
EEE194: Digi-Key: Arduino Holiday Ornament

We’re  excited to announce our second class in a series of bi-monthly Digi-Key projects! In this class you will build and animate an LED twinkle-lit holiday ornament. Use this festive, spinning and twinkling piece to add cheer to your home, office, or school. TechShop is proud to partner with Digi-Key to bring exciting new projects with the latest technologies and introduce future Maker Professionals to innovative solutions. Every two months Digi-Key and TechShop will team up to focus on a new project that will be posted on Maker.io and available via a class at a local TechShop.

This project will focus on using the SparkFun Tinker Kit to build a holiday ornament that spins with a servo motor and changes color with an RGB LED at the same time (a derivative of the Rotating Holiday Ornament can be found here). The project will utilize multiple functions of the MCU and allow expansion with other example code created by SparkFun for the Tinker Kit.

The DigiKey Workshops are first come, first served and will not be rescheduled if they sell out. Sign up today to secure your space. Each participant will take home the $63 workshop kit to use on their own Halloween decorations. If this class is already sold out and you’d like to build this project on your own, you can find instructions Maker.io/TechShop and purchase the materials from DigiKey here.

Due to the nature of this limited offering, unlimited class passes and class coupons may not be used on this class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Digi-Key: Arduino Holiday Ornament
(Digi-Key: Ornament)
Monday, 12/19/16 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
EEE101: Soldering and Basic Electronics

Learn how to use solder and a soldering iron to make small stick figures, as well as how to solder electronic "through-hole" components for electronic printed circuit board assembly (PCBs).

In this class, you will learn basic solder and flux types, safe soldering practices, and soldering iron maintenance. You will learn to de-solder using various techniques, including a "solder sucker" tool or solder braid. In addition, you will build an LED Blinkatron 2000 - it's a simple soldering project that works!

All parts are included. Add the potentiometer to change the blink speed.

This is a fun first class for kids and adults!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please Email Us to request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
EEE205: Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming

In this class, you will learn how to use an Arduino in simple projects. We will cover programming and the simple electronics needed to connect an Arduino to switches, dials, brightness, temperature and other sensors; and to lights, motors and other output devices. The three hours will switch between instruction, hands-on and some free time.

This is a fast track class for people who want to add simple automation to their projects. Example programs will be provided. You can cut and paste from the examples to start writing your own programs.

The class fee includes a breadboard, switch, sensors, motor, LEDs and various electronic components.

This is Part 2 of the Arduino Electronics Series. Part 1 is building your first Arduino board although you can skip that class and just buy one if you like. Please bring the Arduino board you built in the Arduino Part 1 class, the BUB board and a laptop with the Arduino software and drivers pre-installed. The software may be downloaded from Arduino Software.

Prerequisites: You must have an Arduino that can be used with a breadboard, that is, with male headers pointing down in the power rail and "front" edge holes (A0, RST, GND, +5, digital 0-13, and GND). You can either use the board you built in Part 1 Building an Arduino - Educato, or you can bring an Arduino -ompatible board.

If you bring your own laptop, you MUST pre-download and install the Arduino software and drivers.

You must make arrangements for a computer before signing up for the class - either be able to bring a laptop, or call the shop for assistance.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming Thursday, 12/22/16 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.