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Microelectronics Demo and Class

A hand holding an Arduino microcontroller

Please join us Thursday evening between 7 and 9pm for a series of demonstrations on the practical use and power of the simple Arduino microcontroller. Rick will show how to use a moisture sensor to notify you of wet or dry conditions, a tool that can be used to keep plants healthy or basements dry. The Arduino is a small inexpensive microcontroller that can be used in a wide variety of engineering, arts, and crafts projects. Any project that interfaces or interacts with the physical world can probably benefit from using an Arduino, with sensors, switches, lights, motors, or other… (Read More)

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Winter Class Schedule Changes

Imagine Explore Discover

Our Introduction to Microelectronics class is back this winter, starting Tuesday at 7pm. This class will bump our CoderDojo meetup to Thursday evenings at 7pm. Dojo Ninjas are also welcome to meet on Saturday mornings at 10, when we will also be hosting a new Robotics Challenge for older kids and adults. All three activities continue all winter until Easter weekend. We will then take a break to make room for our Spring Break camp. Please register here: Intro to Microelectronics CoderDojo Robotics Challenge  

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Ordering Electronics from Adafruit

We will be placing an order with Adafruit on Tuesday. We get a discount of 20 to 40% off on many items, plus free shipping. Some of the high demand items, like the Raspberry Pi 2, are not discounted, but they are often at the lowest price. There are many categories of stuff so you are sure to find something you’ve been wanting. If not for yourself, perhaps as a gift. (You didn’t forget Father’s Day, did you?) Many nice items are under $20. And if you can’t decide, they have gift certificates! Wait, there’s more to this deal… FREE… (Read More)

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Getting Started with Microelectronics

A hand holding an Arduino microcontroller

The Arduino is a small inexpensive microcontroller that can be used in a wide variety of engineering, arts, and crafts projects. Any project that interfaces or interacts with the physical world can probably benefit from using an Arduino, with sensors, switches, lights, motors, or other control devices. Not sure what this means? Take a look here, or here. The next class starts Thursday, May 14th, 7:30 – 9:00pm, and it runs for six weeks. Register below… This is a hands-on 6 day workshop where students will learn the basics of how to setup and use a microcontroller development system, and construct basic… (Read More)

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More Summer Electronics Fun!

Arduino Microcontroller

Our second round of Arduino microelectronics classes start July 17 and 18th and continue until September. The Wednesday class will be for novice beginners while the Thirsday class will be a project lab. For folks without a project, we have four devices to build for the club, plus an open-ended arts project. Please reserve your spot in the class and/or lab by using the form below…

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Your First Arduino Microcontroller

A hand holding an Arduino microcontroller

The Arduino is a small inexpensive microcontroller that can be used in a wide variety of engineering, arts, and crafts projects. Any project that interfaces or interacts with the physical world can probably benefit from using an Arduino, with sensors, switches, lights, motors, or other control devices. Not sure what this means? Take a look here, or here.

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