Dale Dougherty at Workshop 88 – TONIGHT!

Dale Dougherty, founder of Make Magazine and creator of the Maker Faire will be stopping by Workshop 88 TONIGHT (March 23rd) at about 9:00 pm.  Please feel free to stop by and say hi!

He is in town for an event at the University of St. Francis tomorrow.  See the flyer (PDF) that you can download below. Here’s Dale’s TED talk from 2011: 


Dale Dougherty event at University of St. Francis – Tuesday, March 24

Update:

Dale+W88-0193We had a great time visiting with Dale, answering questions about our space and hearing stories of makerspaces around the world.

Thanks for visiting us, Dale!

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Cognizant awards a Making the Future grant to support Workshop 88 outreach to girls

We are thrilled to announce that Workshop 88 has been awarded a “Making the Future” grant from Cognizant, a technology services company based in New Jersey.  The grant will allow us to offer a Maker summer camp geared specifically toward 10-12 year old girls.  The summer program will be led by Workshop 88 member Rachel Hellenga, who has over 20 years experience planning educational exhibits and programs for museums and libraries.

This pilot program will celebrate girls’ ingenuity and involve them in making flexible circuits by combining LEDs and paper-thin batteries with everything from Legos to paper crafts. Girls will use a circuit printer to produce circuits with conductive ink and work with other flexible materials such as conductive tape and conductive Velcro.

Cognizant’s Making the Future education initiative was created to unleash the passion of young learners—particularly girls and underrepresented minorities—in STEM disciplines by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Two years ago Workshop 88 members teamed up with the DuPage Children’s Museum to lead Sewing Goes High Tech  with support from Cognizant, and Rachel invented the name Teknistas to describe the tech-savvy, style-savvy girls in the summer camp. You can see their projects at www.teknistas.com along with updates showing young makers at Workshop 88’s Duct Tape Bling booth (winner of an Editor’s Choice Award 2013 New York Maker Faire!) and Rachel’s Fashion Technology from Chicago showcase at the inaugural Rome Maker Faire. We are involving some of our current Teknistas in planning our next activities and hope to inspire more young makers this summer! If you’d like updates on the upcoming summer camp, drop us a line at info@workshop88.com with the subject line “Making the Future” and you’ll be the first to know when we finalize the dates and program description.

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Another makerspace serving the Chicago suburbs!

Our friends over at SpaceLab are running a KickStarter this month to raise funds to move into a more functional location.

SpaceLab started out as a co-working space, but they realize their members and the the south suburban community will benefit by adding the resources of a makerspace to their offerings.

Workshop 88 is thrilled to support SpaceLab’s kickstarter! We were an early backer:


At Workshop 88 we believe that makerspaces and hackerspaces grow smartly by working with other like-minded people in our area. Please consider supporting SpaceLab and sharing their campaign with anyone you know! They are about 2/3 of the way to their goal as of this post. Help them get all the way there!

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Introduction to C programming

What will I cover (for sure)?

C – Kernighan & Ritchie style.  Starting with variables (ch 1 K & R) and ending with functions (ch 4 K & R).  We will also cover “printf” formatting (ch 7 K & R) ’cause you’ll need that.

What should you bring?

Good: You don’t need noth’n but paper and pen to take notes.
Better: You could bring a PC w/enough installed to create / run Arduino programs.
Best: You could bring a Linux PC with “vim”&”gcc” installed ready to write, compile and run example programs.

What might be covered (extra stuff)?

Depends on you.  We could spend a few minutes to talk about basic computer hardware – before talking about C programming.  We could spend a few minutes to talk about C++ – after talking about C programming.

Where will you use this?

Probably when you write stuff for your Arduino.  But keep in mind C programming is found all over the place.  Especially in Unix machines. That covers everything from an Apple/Mac computer to a Sony TIVO PVR. And learning C is a great way to get acquainted with other programming languages like C++ or Java.  And, if you are going off to college, it’s probably the programming language of choice in that CS101 course you’ll need to take.

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Arduino 301 – Controlling the outside world – March 2014

Workshop 88 is offering a continuation of the Arduino classes featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with external devices.  solid state relays, H-bridges and other ways of controlling high voltages sources and motors.

If you already have an arduino, you have all the materials you’ll need for this class.  Otherwise, you can order a kit and we’ll have it for you when you come to the class.

What you need to bring to the class: a laptop with the arduino environment already installed, your arduino, and your breadboard. What you’ll get from the class: an understanding of how to work with the arduino to control higher current and higher voltage DC devices, 110-volt AC devices, and various servos, steppers and motors.

The class was originally scheduled for 2/15/14, but is being rescheduled.  Watch this space!

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Using Eagle CAD PCB design Software – March 2014

This class will cover Schematic capture, PCB design, and CAD File generation.

What you should know before coming to this class: You should be somewhat familiar with electronic circuits.

What you should bring with you to the class: You should bring a laptop with the free version of CadSoft Eagle PCB installed and running on it.

What you will leave the class with: After the class you should have the ability to capture a electronic circuit into a schematic, build new components, layout the physical printer circuit board and generate the files needed to have a PCB manufacture make your board.

(This is the first in a series of 4 classes on printed circuit board design and prototyping.)

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More on Using Eagle CAD PCB design Software – March 2014

This class will cover topics in Eagle related multi-page schematic design:

  • Learn pcb layout, completing the layout in preparation for generating gerber files.
  • Using the PCB auto router
  • Using various scripts

What you should know before coming to this class: You should be somewhat familiar with electronic circuits. You should be familiar with all the material covered in the first class on using Eagle.

What you should bring with you to the class: You should bring a laptop with the free version of CadSoft Eagle PCB installed and running on it.

What you will leave the class with: After the class you should be familiar with creating multi-page schematics and using the auto-router tool. You will be prepared for the third class in the Eagle series.

(This is the 2nd class in a series of 4 classes on printed circuit board design and prototyping.)

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Using Eagle CAD Software to prepare files for PCB fabrication – April 2014

This class will start with a review of pcb layers Gerber file generation then cover:

  • Sending the packages out for fabrication
  • DIY, and Professional Service
  • Bill of material and parts ordering

What you should know before coming to this class: You should be somewhat familiar with electronic circuits. You should be familiar with all the material covered in the first class on using Eagle.

What you should bring with you to the class: You should bring a laptop with the free version of CadSoft Eagle PCB installed and running on it.

What you will leave the class with: After the class you should be familiar with creating multi-page schematics and using the auto-router tool. You will be prepared for the final class in the Eagle series.

(This is the 3rd in a series of 4 classes on printed circuit board design and prototyping.)

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Introduction to DIY surface mount – April 2014

This class will cover: 

  • How to apply solder paste and place parts in PCB assembly 
  • How to reflow your pcb to solder your components 
  • How to test your board. 

What you should know before coming to this class: You should be somewhat familiar with electronic circuits. You should be familiar with all the material covered in the first three classes on using Eagle.

What you should bring with you to the class: You do not have to bring anything with you. 

What you will leave the class with: After the class you should be familiar with preparing circuit boards for surface mount soldering.

(This is the 4th in a series of 4 classes for learning how to design and prototype printed circuit boards.)

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Arduino 301 – Controlling the outside world – March 2014

Workshop 88 is offering a continuation of the Arduino classes featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with external devices.  solid state relays, H-bridges and other ways of controlling high voltages sources and motors.

If you already have an arduino, you have all the materials you’ll need for this class.  Otherwise, you can order a kit and we’ll have it for you when you come to the class.

What you need to bring to the class: a laptop with the arduino environment already installed, your arduino, and your breadboard. What you’ll get from the class: an understanding of how to work with the arduino to control higher current and higher voltage DC devices, 110-volt AC devices, and various servos, steppers and motors.

The class was originally scheduled for 2/15/14, but has been rescheduled to March 1.

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