Introduction to Arduino class (June 2011)

Workshop 88 is thrilled to be offering an introduction to the Arduino platform at our new 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.

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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)

Materials

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!

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Intro to Electronics

photo by Windell Oskay on flickr

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

This class will consist of five main sections including:

Series of tubes:
Current
Voltage
Resistance

Schematics:
Identifying components
Reading circuit diagrams

Resistors:
Identifying values
Ohm’s Law
Parallel and Series

Transistors:
How they work
Using them as a switch

Building your LED throwie!

Contact: info@workshop88.com
Twitter: @Workshop88

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More intro to electronics

This is the follow up class to our Introduction to Electronics class. Did you attend the first class and get the book and the supplies? Then you only need to sign up for the class.  Did you not make it to the first class but want to jump into the electronics with the book and the supplies?  We’ve got you covered here, too!

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Introduction to Electronics

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.

All materials and a textbook will be included for this class.

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Hack-A-Thon II 02/06/2010

We’ll be holding a second hackathon 2:00pm-9:00pm Saturday February 6th. A couple projects we’ll be working on are our big near space balloon event and some beer brewing and bottling. As always bring your projects, bring your Arduinos, and bring your excitement!

We’ll be holding it at Jay’s house again, if you’re interested in attending and did not come last time, please contact info@workshop88.com for the address.

Let us know if you’re coming and discuss potential projects on the forum post.

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Our first Hack-A-Thon!

We’re going to be holding a Hack-a-Thon on Sunday January 17th at 2pm. Many of us will be converting PC power supplies to bench supplies, either to donate to the eventual Workshop 88 space, or for ourselves.

You DO NOT have to be a member to participate in the project or come to the Hack-a-thon. So please, tell your friends! The cost of the parts for each power supply ($11) you’d like to convert will be due to our treasurer at our next public meeting 01/04/2010. You are responsible for bringing your own power supply to the Hack-A-Thon to convert.

And as mentioned at the meeting if you want to bring another project to work on that’s great, just keep in mind Jay graciously volunteered his house, so let’s keep it reasonable. Those interested in attending will be given an address and directions at our next meeting (or upon request if you cannot make it).

Please stop by the forum thread for more details and let us know if you’ll be attending.

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Here Inside: Hack-brush

Hi, my name is Kevin, but you can call me Roofus, and I’m a member of Workshop 88. Right now I work as a Service Technician in a tool rental business. I often find my self peeking at the insides of tools the average person wouldn’t venture into. My job has given me a firm belief that the only thing keeping everyone else from fixing what breaks is the fear that you’ll make it worse! So I’m doing this series Here Inside, to show people, that it’s okay to peek inside, and you never know if you can fix it, until you try.

I own an old Braun Oral B electric toothbrush.  It was a gift, and I consider it a luxury I wouldn’t own otherwise, but I have grown accustomed to it.  Recently it’s decided to show it’s age by slowly charging less and less.  So, like any good maker who doesn’t like buy new things, I found the seal at the bottom and cracked it open.

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Scanner Challenge, Part 1

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As part of our first public meeting this Monday, we handed out a bunch of :CueCats to everyone who attended, along with a challenge: tinker with them, see if you can get them to do something fun, and share it with everybody at the next meeting.

I’m planning on using mine to build a handheld barcode scanner based on an Arduino and the touch screen from a Nintendo DS that stopped working a while back.  It may be a bit ambitious, so I’ll probably need help along the way.  I thought it might be helpful for others to see what I’m doing in case they get stuck in their own projects.  The Arduino is in the mail, but while I wait on that, here’s the progress so far.

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