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Thursday Tech Week 2

A hand holding an Arduino microcontroller

We had a great start to our Thursday night tech series last week. This week we will move the early meetup for kids and newbie adult programmers back a half hour to now start at 5:30. This will give some folks enough time to arrive from school or work. We’re working our way through the Kahn Academy online free course in JavaScript programming. The second meetup, at 7:00, is our gadget workshop. Last week we built our first simple arduino device that had a trigger (button) and a response (buzzer). That may sound trivial, but it was sufficient to demonstrate… (Read More)

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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

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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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Programming Minecraft, to Infinity and Beyond!

students programming minecraft

So, Minecraft is looking more and more like a great programming platform, for kids of all ages and old geeks like me. You see, I’ve been a software hacker for 38 years. By hacker, I mean I’m not a professional programmer. They pay me to design, build, and manage systems. Currently, I’m working with NASA’s worldwide “mission” network, the one that NASA project teams use to control stuff in the air, space, and on other planets. I help make sure the network works when they need it, but someone else gets paid to program the control and data applications. But… (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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Want to make some community wireless data apps?

One of the drawbacks to starting a project to deploy data collecting apps in the field is the cost of the data plan. You can use a pre paid cell phone SIM card, but what if we got the price down to $3 per month? This kickstarter project ends on April 1 but it looks like no Fool’s joke to me. Are you interested in creating a project with like-minded folks working together at the MakerSpace? Send us some feedback, ASAP! This will tell me if we should get just one or several of them to support your project ideas…. (Read More)

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Celebrate Free Hardware

Free as in freedom, as in open and available to be fixed, modified, or completely redesigned. Improved. Open Hardware is a term used to describe physical objects which design is created and shared publicly without restriction, allowing people to modify, improve and redistribute their contributions. The design includes drawings, blueprints, software code that may be running in the device or used to generate some of its parts or drivers and any other information one could need to create that device itself. – http://www.hfday.org/ Join us at Club125 on Saturday, March 15th, to celebrate the second annual Hardware Freedom Day. We'll have all… (Read More)

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Catch the Arduino bug!

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 Wed, Jan 15th, 7:30 – 9:00pm, and it runs for six weeks. Register below…

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Our Arduino class is Back!

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 Wed, Sept 25th, 7:30 – 9:00pm. Register below…

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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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