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 ELECTRONICS (EEE)
 
   
EEE406: App-Driven Hardware

This workshop features using low-cost Bluetooth modules and an easily created Android app to remotely control functions on an Arduino and provide students the basics of creating their own project. Students will learn about serial communication between the Bluetooth module and the Arduino and also learn about passing simple values over the Bluetooth radio built into their Android tablets or phones to a low-cost Bluetooth module. We will cover basic graphical programming using MIT's App Inventor 2. Each student will leave with a kit including an Arduino-compatible Trinket Pro, Bluetooth module and other necessary components.

Students will walk away with a kit including and Arduino-compatible Trinket Pro, Bluetooth module and other necessary components.

Please bring your own Android tablet or phone running 4.1 or higher.

Maximum number of students: 9

**All students must bring a laptop to class**

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    App-Driven Hardware Saturday, 7/29/17 9:00 AM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    App-Driven Hardware Monday, 8/14/17 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE104: Soldering and Basic Electronics - Light-Up LED Board

Good solder connections drastically improve the durability and reliability of your DIY electronics projects!

Competency in soldering is a core skill for building Arduinos, robots, radios, LED lighting, and thousands of other projects. This class covers how to use solder and a soldering iron to electrically and mechanically connect wires, cables. and electrical components.

After learning how to solder safely and maintain your soldering iron in good working order, you'll learn to initiate heat transfer to the work surface and melt solder into it by creating a soldered wire splice. We will also cover electrically insulating your splices with heat shrink tubing. You will also learn to desolder in order to fix the occasional soldering mistake. Finally, you will practice using a prototyping board to build real functioning circuits and then solder components together to make your own custom light-up LED board to take home.

Prerequisites:None! Whether you're a first-time solderer or would like some skills practice, all are welcome. This is a great first class for younger makers.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Soldering and Basic Electronics - Light-Up LED Board Thursday, 8/10/17 4:00 PM 0.0 Hour 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 - Light-Up LED Board Sunday, 8/27/17 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
    * 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!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Electronics Instruments and Measurement Monday, 8/7/17 3:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 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.
   
EEE101: Electronics and Soldering Fundamentals


Welcome to Basic Electronics! This course is designed as a primer on the field of electronic circuits.

You will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of electrical engineering, including both signal flow and basic circuit analysis. After an introduction to breadboards, and you will then experiment with simple components and build several simple circuits. Finally, you will learn the basics of soldering and assemble a permanent first prototype of your circuit

TechShop Electronics and Electrical Engineering (EEE) curriculum is designed to the teach the fundamentals of modern low-power electronics. This course is the first step in that process. After mastering this course, there are two paths you can take, either separately or concurrently:

  • Hardware Electrical Engineering: Building and understanding electrical devices

  • Microcontrollers: Using tiny computers to interact with your environment
TechShop also offers several supplemental courses for a more well-rounded overview of the field, and for those who want more exposure to software/hardware interaction.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Electronics and Soldering Fundamentals Sunday, 8/27/17 12:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 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.
   
EEE102: Build an Arduino

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 is an optional course which will shed light on how the various parts of an Arduino-compatible board are connected and give you soldering practice. After this course. you will be ready to take Arduino Wiring Fundamentals (EEE201) and Arduino Programming Fundamentals (EEE202), the two prerequisites to our advanced Arduino classes.

Note: This class requires the use of a $30 Arduino soldering kit which is included in the price. If you are using an Unlimited Class pass to pay for the class, you will be expected to pay for the materials before class at the front desk.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Build an Arduino Tuesday, 8/8/17 7:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Build an Arduino Wednesday, 8/23/17 6:00 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.
   
EEE201: Arduino Wiring Fundamentals

In this class, you will learn how to use an Arduino in simple projects. We will cover wiring switches, dials, and other sensors to lights and other output devices. The three hours will switch between instruction, hands-on, and some free time.

This is a 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 class pairs with the Arduino Programming, EEE202 to complete the second tier of the Arduino Electronics Series. The first tier classes consist of building your first Arduino board and learning the fundamentals of electronics. Neither of those classes are pre-requisites to the second tier, but provide a strong foundation in electronics and soldering. Both classes will help you build more permanent final solutions for your maker projects. Please bring an Arduino compatible board you built in the Arduino Part 1 class and the BUB board. A laptop with the Arduino software and drivers pre-installed is recommended, but not required. 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, +5v, +3.3v, digital 0-13, and a second GND). or an Arduino compatible board that accepts jumper wires and has the following ports: A0, RST, GND, +5v, +3.3v, 5+ digital outs, and a second GND)

If you bring your own laptop, you MUST download and install the Arduino software and drivers prior to class.

Note:This class includes a package of basic sensors, lights, and motors that will be used in the lesson. If you are signing up for this class using an Unlimited Class Pass or Maker SBU Pass, you will need to pay the $20 materials fee before class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Arduino Wiring Fundamentals Monday, 7/31/17 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 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.
   
EEE202: Arduino Programming Fundamentals

In this class, you will learn how to use an Arduino in simple projects. We will cover programming simple electronics such as switches, dials, and other sensors; and to lights 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 class pairs with the Arduino Wiring, EEE201 to complete the second tier of the Arduino Electronics Series. The first tier consists of building your first Arduino board and basic electronics. Neither of those classes are pre-requisites to the second tier, but provide a strong foundation in electronics and soldering, which will help you build more permanent final solutions for your maker projects. Please bring an Arduino compatible board you built in the Arduino Part 1 class. A laptop with the Arduino software and drivers pre-installed is recommended, but not required. 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, +5v, +3.3v, digital 0-13, and a second GND). or an Arduino compatible board that accepts jumper wires and has the following ports: A0, RST, GND, +5v, +3.3v, 5+ digital outs, and a second GND)

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

Note:This class includes a package of basic sensors, lights, and motors that will be used in the lesson. If you are signing up for this class using an Unlimited Class Pass or Maker SBU Pass, you will need to pay the $20 materials fee before class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Arduino Programming Fundamentals Wednesday, 8/2/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 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.
   
EEE301: Advanced Arduino: Displays

A working Arduino display is a vital component to making interactive products, enabling them to feed information and simple graphics back to you and your users without being attached to a computer. In this installment of the Arduino programming series, you will learn how to attach a working display to your Arduino project and feed it information to display.

You will learn both the hardware and software aspects of working with an LCD screen on your Arduino, practice feeding data to it and make the display respond to values input by buttons and a temperature-sensing thermistor. Finally, you will have the opportunity to make a button-controlled animated stick figure.

PREREQUISITES: You should be able to program an Arduino reasonably well. Our Arduino Level 2 and 3 classes will prepare you for this class. Please bring an assembled Arduino board with you to this class. You can bring the one you built in the Arduino Level 1 class, or you may bring one you have purchased. It needs to have a USB port for programming and headers to attach it to jumper leads or a breadboard.

MATERIALS FEE: This class uses a 1.44" TFT color display that is yours to keep after the class. The price of the class covers the $20 materials fee. If you are signing up for this class using an Unlimited Class Pass or a Maker SBU pass, you will need to pay the $20 materials fee to the front desk before class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced Arduino: Displays Wednesday, 8/9/17 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE302: Advanced Arduino: Sensors

This class explores more ways of making your Arduino alert to the world around it. You'll try out many new sensors, building up from the simplest digital sensors that behave like buttons, up to rich sensors like range-finders and accelerometers. This class assumes you are a proficient circuit builder and Arduino code writer. If you've taken Arduino Wiring: EEE201 and Arduino Fundamentals: EEE202, you are absolutely ready for this class. If not, you should be able to follow simple schematics to wire up a circuit, practice finding and correcting common wiring mistakes, and be able to modify existing programs or write simple programs from scratch.

Note: This class includes a package of basic sensors, lights, and motors that will be used in the lesson. If you are signing up for this class using an Unlimited Class Pass or Maker SBU Pass, you will need to pay the $30 materials fee before class.

Photo by Glogger (own work) CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced Arduino: Sensors Wednesday, 8/16/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 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.
   
EEE303: Advanced Arduino: High Voltage and Motors

Your Arduino is limited in how much power it can deliver to each thing plugged into it. You’ll learn several ways to overcome this limitation, allowing the Arduino to control high power devices. You’ll learn to control several kinds of motors, from the quick linear solenoids to simple DC motors to the precise stepper motors used in 3D printers and other CNC machines.

This class assumes you've taken Arduino Wiring: EEE201 and Arduino Fundamentals: EEE202. Before taking this class. you should be able to follow simple schematics to wire up a circuit, practice finding and correcting common wiring mistakes, be able to modify existing programs, and write simple programs from scratch.

Note: This class includes a package of basic sensors, lights, and motors that will be used in the lesson. If you are signing up for this class using an Unlimited Class Pass or Maker SBU Pass, you will need to pay the $20 materials fee before class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced Arduino: High Voltage and Motors Wednesday, 8/30/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 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.