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 ELECTRONICS (EEE)
 
   
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 Sunday, 3/5/17 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Soldering and Basic Electronics Tuesday, 3/14/17 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Soldering and Basic Electronics Sunday, 3/19/17 4:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Soldering and Basic Electronics Tuesday, 3/28/17 10:00 AM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE103: Arduino Part 1 - Building An Arduino - Educato

The Arduino is a microcontroller; a small computer that has a single function. Microcontrollers run everyday items like toaster ovens, electronic toys and MP3 players. An Arduino can be programmed to monitor sensors and watch for inputs like temperature, pressure, light, voltage or a button or switch. It can also be programmed to control switches, relays, motors and other outputs. There are many add on boards, called shields, that add features like WiFi, GPS and card readers.

Electronic "smarts" can be added to projects to make them interactive. For example, a pet door could be modified to lock if it's dark outside and the temperature is below 45 degrees.

This class is the first step in using the Arduino: soldering the parts onto the circuit board. Come to class with some basic soldering experience and get help and guidance while assembling the board.

Materials fee includes an Arduino Educato that you keep for your own projects.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Arduino Part 1 - Building An Arduino - Educato Saturday, 3/11/17 3:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE312: Arduino Part 5 - Inputs

The Arduino Inputs class builds on participants' experiences in the earlier Arduino classes and focuses on how to work with information from a variety of external hardware devices.

You will wire and program several projects to explore how to interpret and utilize the signals that different inputs feed into the Arduino, as well as learn how to write programs that work with these values.

Class projects include advanced button work, noise detection, creating a touch sensor out of any capacitive surface, working with light and heat, and even using an accelerometer to detect motion like modern video game controllers or smart phones.

Prerequisites: A good understanding of Arduino programming, which you can learn from TechShop Arduino classes. Please bring a functioning Arduino and breadboard kit to class.

Materials fee covers a piezo buzzer, a variable resistor, a thermistor, a photo resistor, an accelerometer and various small parts required for the class. They are yours to keep afterwards.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Arduino Part 5 - Inputs Tuesday, 2/28/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE313: Arduino Part 6 - Outputs

The Arduino Outputs class builds on students' experiences in the earlier Arduino classes and focuses on how to control a variety of external hardware devices with an Arduino. Students will wire and program several projects to understand the main principles of controlling hardware with signal output from the Arduino.

Projects in this class include making a breadboard drive around, adding sound to the Arduino project, investigating different types of motor control, controlling devices that work off a range of values (pulse width modulation) and controlling devices that require other power sources like motors and lamps through the use of relays and MOSFETS.

Prerequisites: You should already have a good understanding of Arduino programming, which you can learn from TechShop Arduino classes. You also need to bring a functioning Arduino and breadboard kit to the class.

Lab fee will pay for a piezo buzzer, variable resistor, thermistor, motor, servo motors and various small parts required for the class. They are yours to keep after class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Arduino Part 6 - Outputs Saturday, 3/25/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE320: VirtualBench Measurements

National Instruments VirtualBench combines common benchtop instruments into a single, compact device. Learn how to use VirtualBench to measure electronic signals.

Learn how to:
  • Set up and install VirtualBench
  • Set up voltage and current sources with the power supply
  • Take voltage, resistance, and current measurements with the digital multimeter
  • Generate signals with the function generator
  • Use digital inputs and outputs
  • Display signals with the oscilloscope
  • Analyze digital timing with the logic analyzer

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    VirtualBench Measurements Friday, 2/24/17 4:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    VirtualBench Measurements Wednesday, 3/8/17 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    VirtualBench Measurements Tuesday, 3/21/17 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE317: myDAQ Measurements

This class is a basic introduction to measuring and analyzing signals with myDAQ, a portable data acquisition device from National Instruments.

You will learn how to use a powerful portable device that will allow you to measure and analyze the world around you. The NI myDAQ is an entire electronics lab in a box, with 8 unique measurement instruments sized to fit into your pocket!

You will learn how to:
  • Set up and install a myDAQ
  • Take voltage, resistance and current measurements with the multimeter
  • Generate signals with the function generator and arbitrary waveform generator
  • Measure waveforms with the oscilloscope
  • Use digital inputs and outputs
  • Perform spectrum analysis with the dynamic signal analyzer

1 session currently scheduled:
    myDAQ Measurements Tuesday, 3/7/17 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE318: LabVIEW Experiments

Learn how to use LabVIEW graphical programming to create virtual instruments that measure, analyze, control and log data from real world signals and sensors.

Learn how to use LabVIEW to automate the measurements covered in the introduction to National Instruments myDAQ Measurements class, enabling you to create systems that interact with the real world based on measurements from the various sensors. You will learn how to implement the logic for a simple thermostat control system in LabVIEW using the input and output capabilities of the NI myDAQ.

You will learn how to:
  • Create user interfaces with controls and indicators
  • Use graphical programming structures
  • Interface digital and analog input and output signals from a myDAQ
  • Build a custom thermostat through a series of experiments

1 session currently scheduled:
    LabVIEW Experiments Monday, 3/6/17 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.