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WKS001: Internet of Things

Have you been wondering how to connect your toaster to the Internet? Or maybe you've been curious about the buzz going around.

This Internet of Things (IoT) workshop will be a great introduction to the world of connected devices. We'll provide background on the IoT world and help you dream up devices you may want to build on your own. We'll also cover basics of electronics and microcontrollers as well as the basics of building a simple web app to control an RGB LED.

Participants will each get their own Electric Imp, a WiFi-connected module with some inputs and outputs to build a basic IoT object.

Recommended:
  • It is recommended that students have taken basic electronics or Arduino I before class, but not required.

  • Sign up before class for a free account at Weebly.com and ElectricImp.com to prepare for class.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Internet of Things Tuesday, 3/31/15 6:00 PM 3.5 Hours 7 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $160.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $180.00, No Materials Fee
    Internet of Things Saturday, 4/25/15 10:00 AM 3.5 Hours 7 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $160.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $180.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS012: Knife Making

Knife making is an art of patience and craft. Learn how to make a knife from scratch using a combination of high powered tools and traditional knife making techniques.

In this class, you'll learn the basic fundamentals and tools for grinding an edge and heat treating metal. You'll be able to take advantage of the powerful waterjet cutter by choosing a knife blade style and have it cut out for you. After receiving your knife blank, you'll get a matching acrylic handle that will be cut out using the laser cutters. With raw materials in hand and knowing the basics of knife making, you'll have the ability to freely work on your knife with the provided equipment.

This workshop is not a Safety and Basic Use course. Students will only be passed on the Knife Making checkout kit (including a belt sander, torch, and filing jig, but NOT the waterjet).

1 session currently scheduled:
    Knife Making Monday, 4/6/15 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $150.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $170.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS113: Product Photography Basics

In this class you will be taught basic studio lighting for product and portrait photography using professional equipment, which can be replicated cheaply using easy DIY alternatives. Key lighting techniques will be described and demonstrated for a variety of photographic needs, depending upon individual’s personal aesthetic and application.

This class will introduce you to a basic photography studio set up, including backdrop selection, day light continuous lighting systems, a variety light positions to best highlight your object, light intensity, and studio accessories. Each student will take a photo(s) using a customized lighting technique that best suits the needs of an object of their choice. Objects can include a product, item, or self portrait.

Students will be taught basic image editing techniques to enhance lighting, sharpen, contrast, color, and prepare the image for printing or social media uploading.

Printing will cover the appropriate settings to export an edited image to the TechShop printer. Each student will be able to print and take home an image up to 13x19 inches.

Please be sure to bring an item of your choice to photograph (no more than 3'x3' ft.) and an image capturing device. This can be a DSLR, digital camera, or smart phone. If you do not own a camera, the TechShop DSLR will be available for use. If you bring a smart phone please download one or more of the following free image editing apps: PS Express or VSCOcam.

Project: Shoot, Edit, Print Product Photograph

Prerequisites: None.

Equipment access: Adobe Photoshop, DSLR Camera, Lighting Equipment, Wide-Format Printer

1 session currently scheduled:
    Product Photography Basics Saturday, 4/11/15 10:00 AM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS115: Laser Loom - Beginning Backstrap Weaving

Create a loom on the laser cutter and then learn to weave. This loom is yours to keep and take home so you can continue to create multiple colored woven fabrics!

Project: Rigid heddle backstrap loom

Prerequisite(s): None; LAS101 Laser Cutting and Etching SBU recommended

Equipment access: None

Minimum age: 12 years

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Loom - Beginning Backstrap Weaving Saturday, 4/25/15 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS120: Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi

Maximize the Raspberry Pi’s potential by installing the free, open source emulator package, RetroPie, and get started with your own retro Raspberry Pi game console. We will show you the ins and outs of this software, including how to mount the image, button mapping, system performance, and how to configure your controller.

We will supply the hdmi cable, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and SD card reader in class.

You'll leave with a Raspberry Pi B+, SNES USB controller, 8GB microSD card, WiFi Dongle and USB power supply!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi Saturday, 3/28/15 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $150.00 plus $70.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $170.00 plus $70.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.