Arduino 201 Cancelled, Arduino 101 Instead!

We’re calling off our Arduino 201 class due to low enrollment, and having an Arduino 101 class instead.

If the snowpocalypse deprived you of your Arduino 101 class a couple weeks ago, come on in Tuesday night for a make-up.

Arduino 101 will also be taught the first week of March, and Arduino 201 will be taught near the end of March.

Time: Tuesday, Feb 15 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Class – Typography on the Web

Helvetica, Arial, Georgia, Times New Roman, Tahoma, and a few other fonts have long been the standard for typography on the web; to a large extent, they always will be. Recently, though, web developers and typography lovers have been given new options to embed non-web-standard fonts in their websites.

Real typography is finally coming to the web! With technologies like Typekit gaining popularity, @font-face is becoming a more relevant and practical font-embedding technique for typography lovers. Techniques using sIFR, cufon, or other similar approaches are getting tossed to the wayside, but are still justifiably useable in some situations, too.

This class will go over these different methods of implementing non-web-standard fonts on the internet, and will leave you with the ability to determine which method best suits your needs, and the knowledge to implement it.

Resources: GitHub | Website

Arduino 201: Sensors and Communication

If you enjoyed our Introduction to Arduino class, come back for the next class!

In Arduino 201, we’ll be using the Processing framework and the Firmata library for the Arduino to interact with the Arduino from a graphical user interface.

This class will build on the Darkness Detector circuit we built in Arduino 101, adding calibration knobs for high and low, and outputting the resulting data to a graph using Processing.

Students should be familiar with the concepts and circuits taught in Arduino 101, specifically reading analog inputs and the voltage divider circuit used in the Darkness Detector.

Knowledge of Processing is not required.

What to Bring

  • A laptop (we have a few spares, let us know if you need to reserve one)
  • Your arduino kit (or order one with the class)


All classes in the Arduino Track require the Arduino Kit (external link to Adafruit).

Buy it now ($15 off with tuition) and reuse it for the rest of the classes!

Changes to the site…

If you received an email about this post please hit reply and send so we know it worked. Seeing this blog post in your email means we’ve worked out the kinks in our new mailing list plugin.  Currently all users are notified when we make  a blog post about an event, class, or major announcement.  We’ve set up the plugin this way because the survey we sent out to our current mailing list showed overwhelmingly that you all prefer email communication.

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In other news, we’ve successfully transitioned from our Google Calendar setup to a nice WordPress plugin with Eventbrite integration.  Have no fear though, we still have an iCal link available for those of you who use Google Calendar.  The events page of the site now shows a list or calendar view of all the upcoming events we’ve posted about.  The fancy Eventbrite integration now creates an event and embeds a registration box at the bottom of posts so we can keep track of planned attendance at events and classes, and also allows us to sell tickets.

PCBs – a demonstration!

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt @flickr

The DIY Printed Circuit Boards intro/demo is coming up this Tuesday evening at the space!  Final plans are being made now about about what example PCBs will be made. The main boards are for a 16-channel voltage logger Arduino shield for battery pack rebuilding. Interest was expressed in a water sensor board, so we’ll do one or two of those as well. There will also be small W88 logo key fobs as a giveaway for attendees.

If you have any small circuits for which a PCB would be appropriate, let Jim Williams know right away. We might be able to add your boards to the demo!

Intro to Arduino class

Arduino top-1

We are excited to announce Thursday, the 16th of December as the date for our first ever Introduction to the Arduino class. We’re announcing this early so that you have plenty of time to get an order in for an Arduino of your own that you can bring to the class. But, even if you don’t have an Arduino of your own, you can still come to the class and learn all about what these awesome little devices do!

What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

You can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos.

Date: Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Workshop 88 (Map to Workshop)

Cost: $10.00 for non-members/supporting members (does NOT cover the cost of an Arduino, although small electronic components will be available for your use)

Cost: FREE for full members

Twitter: @Workshop88

Please contact us with ANY questions or suggestions about this class.  We are looking forward to seeing lots of new faces at this class.


If you pre-register for the class using the button below, we will have an arduino + electronics kit for you at the class!

Intro to electronics class

photo by Windell Oskay on flickr

On Saturday November 6, Workshop 88’s own hacker extraordinaire Kevin Roof will be hosting an “Intro to electronics” class. Come out and start learning the basics of resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes and all types of basic circuits. In this class you will build an LED throwie which conserves battery power by turning off during the day.

Date: November 6th, 2010 (Saturday)
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Workshop 88 (Map to Workshop)

Cost: $10.00 (which covers the cost of the materials)

Twitter: @Workshop88

Revitalize your computer with linux


On Wednesday, October 20, Workshop 88’s own president Russ Lankenau will be hosting “Revitalize your computer with linux”. Do you have an older computer at home that you don’t know what to do with? Learn how to breathe new life into your machine that you didn’t know it still had.

Date: October 20th, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Workshop 88 (Map to Workshop)

Twitter: @Workshop88

Practical Photography Class


ƅethan @flickr - My Konica & Me

Tuesday the 12th of October, William will teach our first Practical photography class. It will cost $10 and you’ll need to bring your own camera. The class will start at Workshop 88 at 6:30pm. We’re trying something new, if you’re not already a member and want to join the Workshop after the class we’ll discount your first month’s dues the cost of the class!