Workshop 88 is thrilled to be offering an introduction to the Arduino platform at our space in Glen Ellyn. Class attendees will learn how to configure their arduino programming environment, how to design simple circuits for interfacing with the arduino and how to write simple programs to control the arduino. 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. If you choose the tuition + materials option, we will have an arduino and assortment of electronics components for you to take home after the class.
Get started exploring electronics with our Introduction to Electronics class. We’ll cover some of the most basic concepts that you’ll need to understand in order to build, modify and design simple circuits.
This class will have a textbook included in the “supplies”. The textbook will be used in followup electronics classes at Workshop 88.
We had a great time on Tuesday night hacking on the scrolling LED display that Jim brought. It was a great exercise in figuring out how the design worked and trying to improve upon it. Thanks to all who came out and had fun with us! We like having nights like this, so anyone out there who wants to do something similar with us, let us know! (Email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave comments here on the blog.)
Linux gives us the power we need to crush those who oppose us. Learn how to being to use the hundreds of tiny utilities contained in *nix systems to create simple solutions that you may think require writing a program, script, or complex system. Forget spending countless hours designing, writing ,and debugging code in the cloud. See the methods taught in this class to begin to understand how to quickly link Linux commands together to create quick solutions to what may seem like a complex task. Spend more time on world domination and less time learning the sexy programming language of the day. What you will learn:
Learn to navigate the shell quickly saving keystrokes, sparing yourself from the scourge of carpal tunnel syndrome.
What the hell do all those funky symbols mean? Amaze your significant other with the ability to read shell scripts like a Chinese newspaper.
Learn a few quick tips to automate your system administration and audit it for weaknesses.
Create a simple command to notify yourself of changes to your favorite web pages. Never miss out on those Deltron 3030 tickets again!
Create parsers to crunch the data needed to map pig genomes. Win the Nobel prize!!
Stand up a poor man’s web server to serve content in a pinch.
We’ll only touch the tip of the iceberg but you’ll walk away with the understanding and methodology to search the UNIX tool set to create your very own solutions to life’s problems. What you should know ahead of time: Basic Linux commands and how to navigate the file system: Are cd, rm, mv, cp man, and ~ Greek to you? Learn this first at home: http://code.google.com/edu/tools101/linux/basics.html What you need to bring: A laptop running your favorite flavor of Linux or vm-ware player. The utilities we will review are available on 90% of *nix flavor system. You can also download Linux appliances, but please come to class with your system ready.
Workshop 88 is offering a follow-up to the Introduction to the Arduino class featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with various sensors and learning to use communication protocols with the arduino.
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.
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