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 ELECTRONICS (EEE)
 
   
EEE301: LED Lamp Making

Add a personal touch to your home decor. These high-tech lanterns will transform a room with custom LED colors and brightness controlled via arduino. Students will also participate in a laser cutting demo while assembling their wooden Japanese-style lanterns.

Special thanks to Joseph Brown for photographing this class project. View more of his work here.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    LED Lamp Making Wednesday, 5/11/16 5:15 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $85.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    LED Lamp Making Wednesday, 5/25/16 4:45 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $85.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    LED Lamp Making Saturday, 5/28/16 1:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $85.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE302: LEDs for Artists

In this LED for Artists seminar, we will discuss the many different types of LEDs and colors available as well as cover some very basic electronics so you can power your LEDs without burning them out. You will learn how to power and connect strip LEDs, neopixels and RGB LED strips with a microcontroller. By the end of the class you should be feel confident implementing LEDs lighting in your next project and make it sparkle.



1 session currently scheduled:
    LEDs for Artists Thursday, 5/12/16 5:15 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE400: Electronics Kit Build Club

Interested in microcontrollers, Arduino and hobby electronics? This monthly class will build on a new kit every session. See below for upcoming kits:

Feb 8 - DIY Watch

March 14 - Game of Life

April 11 - Blinky Grid

May 9 - Pirate Radio Throwie

1 session currently scheduled:
    Electronics Kit Build Club Monday, 5/9/16 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $35.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $45.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE402: Internet of Things II

Using the all-powerful and inexpensive Photon from Particle.io, we will explore the exciting world of creating your own connected Arduino devices. The Photon uses built-in WiFi to connect to a local network so that it can be controlled from anywhere in the world! The Photon is programmable using Arduino language and an online programming interface – no crazy drivers needed! We will cover controlling the Photon board from your phone using Particle’s app and Blynk and collecting and analyzing data using Thingspeak.com. Participants will each receive a Photon and starter kit with some basic input and output components.

Note: Bring a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android running 4.1 or greater to class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Internet of Things II
(IOT II)
Friday, 5/6/16 6:15 PM 3.5 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE403: Build an Arduino Alarm Clock

Make your very own alarm clock with a backlit LCD and buzzer! In this workshop, you will connect an LCD to an Arduino to display the time of day, wire tactile buttons and write a few lines of code to program the clock. Finally, you will add a buzzer and extra code to generate an alarm sound.

This workshop is open to both members and non-members of TechShop.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Arduino 2 (Basic Programming) successfully before enrolling in this class. They are required to bring their Arduino (w/ USB CABLE) and project kit they received in aforementioned class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Build an Arduino Alarm Clock Saturday, 5/14/16 10:00 AM 3.5 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $135.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $155.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE100: Electronics Instruments and Measurement

Understand and test your electronics with state of the art measurement equipment available at TechShop.

In this class, you will learn how to competently use a digital oscilloscope to probe and troubleshoot circuits. You will learn how to use high resolution digital multimeters to measure things like AC and DC voltages and currents, resistance, capacitance and other critical circuit parameters. You will also learn how to set up and use DC power supplies with current limiting capability. Finally, you will use an advanced function generator and learn how to generate sine waves, square waves at varying frequencies and voltages.

Master these tools and make all of your electronics projects work!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Electronics Instruments and Measurement Saturday, 5/14/16 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Electronics Instruments and Measurement Thursday, 5/26/16 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE101: Soldering and Basic Electronics

Learn how to use solder and a soldering iron to make small stick figures, as well as how to solder electronic "through-hole" components for electronic printed circuit board assembly (PCBs).

In this class, you will learn basic solder and flux types, safe soldering practices, and soldering iron maintenance. You will learn to de-solder using various techniques, including a "solder sucker" tool or solder braid. In addition, you will build an LED Blinkatron 2000 - it's a simple soldering project that works!

All parts are included. Add the potentiometer to change the blink speed.

This is a fun first class for kids and adults!

4 sessions currently scheduled:
    Soldering and Basic Electronics Saturday, 5/7/16 12:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Soldering and Basic Electronics Thursday, 5/12/16 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Soldering and Basic Electronics Tuesday, 5/24/16 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Soldering and Basic Electronics Thursday, 5/26/16 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE205: Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming

In this class, you will learn how to use an Arduino in simple projects. We will cover programming and the simple electronics needed to connect an Arduino to switches, dials, brightness, temperature and other sensors; and to lights, motors and other output devices. The three hours will switch between instruction, hands-on and some free time.

This is a fast track class for people who want to add simple automation to their projects. Example programs will be provided. You can cut and paste from the examples to start writing your own programs.

The class fee includes a breadboard, switch, sensors, motor, LEDs and various electronic components.

This is Part 2 of the Arduino Electronics Series. Part 1 is building your first Arduino board although you can skip that class and just buy one if you like. Please bring the Arduino board you built in the Arduino Part 1 class, the BUB board and a laptop with the Arduino software and drivers pre-installed. The software may be downloaded from Arduino Software.

Prerequisites: You must have an Arduino that can be used with a breadboard, that is, with male headers pointing down in the power rail and "front" edge holes (A0, RST, GND, +5, digital 0-13, and GND). You can either use the board you built in Part 1 Building an Arduino - Educato, or you can bring an Arduino -ompatible board.

If you bring your own laptop, you MUST pre-download and install the Arduino software and drivers.

You must make arrangements for a computer before signing up for the class - either be able to bring a laptop, or call the shop for assistance.

5 sessions currently scheduled:
    Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming Tuesday, 5/3/16 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming Sunday, 5/8/16 11:30 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming Thursday, 5/19/16 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming Monday, 5/23/16 7:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming Wednesday, 5/25/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE319: myRIO Experiments

Learn to use the National Instruments myRIO for wireless real-time intelligent control and measurement.

In this class you will learn how to program the NI myRIO embedded hardware device, enabling you to write programs with NI LabVIEW that interact with various sensors. You will learn how to implement the logic for a simple remote weather station that logs temperature data using the embedded capability of the NI myRIO.

You will learn how to:
  • Set up and install software on a NI myRIO
  • Measure voltage and other real world sensor inputs
  • Use NI LabVIEW RT to build a standalone Acquire-Analyze-Control application
  • Explore the internal accelerometer, PWM, serial protocols, and FPGA
  • Connect to the cloud and publish measurements
  • Build a remote weather sensing station through a series of experiments
Prequisite: Successful completion of LabVIEW Experiments is required prior to taking this class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    myRIO Experiments Saturday, 5/14/16 3:00 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.