May 24, 2012
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 email@example.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.
April 3, 2012
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.
March 27, 2012
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
March 24, 2012
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
January 26, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 10, 2011
The public meeting schedule on our events page expired after last night’s meeting. It should now be up to date. Also, you can connect with us on meetup, if you prefer.
General meetings are always open to the public. We encourage everyone to bring ideas to improve Workshop 88. If you can’t make it to the meeting but still want to share your ideas, just email email@example.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 run the “business” meeting from 6:30pm to just before 7:30pm, then we break off and dive into whatever interesting projects people are working on.
September 9, 2011
Dale and Dwayne from 2DKits (get it? 2 Ds: Dale and Dwayne…) are bringing their blinkie building kits to Workshop 88 for a night of blinkie building fun!
They have 15 different kits that they will be bringing. Many of the kits have several different options to choose from to customize the kit.
The folks at MuseCon are sponsoring their 6-LED circle kit for attendees for FREE! All other kits will have a materials charge, but the build night event itself is a FREE event, open to the public.
September 8, 2011
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.
August 11, 2011
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.
July 20, 2011
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.