Membership survey

We’re collecting some information from current and prospective members, and people in the community who might want to take classes at Workshop 88.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of Workshop 88, or just want us to know what kinds of classes you might be interested in taking, take a minute to fill out the survey!

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Tonight at Workshop 88

One of our new members, Jay Kinzie, brought in a few of the things he’s working on: a raspberry pi hooked up to a lapdock and a few RC cars built out of LEGO Mindstorms.

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Made some Workshop 88 decals

 

Workshop 88 decals (click photo to see all decals)

I was at the Museum of Science and Industry this past weekend volunteering at the Fab Lab, and I learned how to use their vinyl cutter.  I made four different decals of the Workshop 88 logo.  One is a transparent decal, one is a bumper-sticker-style decal with a white background, and the other two are just logo decals on white that need to be cut out.

We’re looking to be getting a vinyl cutter at Workshop 88 very soon!  What will you make with it?

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Public Meetings

Meetings are always open to the public. We encourage everyone to bring projects and ideas to Workshop 88. If you can’t make it to the meeting but still want to share your ideas, just email info@workshop88.com and we’ll be happy to bring it to the table for you. Hope to see you all there!

Feel free to come early to the meetings.  We start the meeting at 7:30pm, when we dive into whatever interesting projects people are working on. But members are often at the space by 6:30 pm.

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Advanced Arduino class

Workshop 88 is offering a continuation of the Arduino classes featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with 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. What you’ll get from the class: an understanding of how to work with the arduino to control motors and 110-voltage devices.

When: April 3rd, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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Printed Circuit Board class!

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt

Minty Boost XL by Robert Hunt @flickr

Jim is going to be running our Printed Circuit Board class again. Last time this class was offered it was really well received by those in attendance. This class will cover a variety of etching techniques. 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 class!

When: March 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Workshop 88 in Glen Ellyn, IL

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Introduction to Python

Python is a cross-platform programming language which is a popular choice for novice and advanced programmers. The design of python emphasizes the readability of code, making it easier for beginning programmers to learn.

In this class we will look at the basic framework of python programming and explore how to begin to design programs in python.

What you should bring to the class: If you want to use your own computer, you should download and install one of the stable versions of python from the python website.

When: March 24, 10:00am – Noon

Where: Workshop 88 in Glen Ellyn, IL

What you will get from the class: understanding of the python interpreter, how python classes are used, a basic understanding of how to write programs in python

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Learn to Program! For Kids (Session 2)

Sure, you know how to play games on a computer, but do you know how to program one? How awesome would it be to actually control what the computer is doing instead of just playing someone else’s game? If you come to Workshop 88′s kid’s programming lessons we help you learn you how. We use a variety of tools like Kids Ruby and MIT Scatch to learn and practice the fundamentals of programming. All interest and ability levels are welcome. Ages 8 – 16. Please bring your own laptop and power cord. We will provide you with the software needed. $25 per class and $25 for the textbook (or join W88 for $50 / month and come to all the classes you want!)

 

Each Session is independent, so come whenever you can!

 

Session 1 January 5th, 7-8:30pm

Session 2 January 26th, 7-8:30pm

Questions?  Email info@workshop88.com.

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