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Electronic Thing-A-Week: JANUARY
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM - Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM (EST)
Somerville, United States
Welcome to the Electronic Thing-A-Week! In each class, you'll work on and finish a different electronics kit with some cool function. As you build the kit, instructors will be around to help you improve your technique and explain a little bit about what the circuit is doing. As the session progresses, the kits will get harder to understand and more difficult to solder, and you'll slowly build up your soldering skills as you progress. Students can choose to purchase every session of the series in a bundle, or can purchase each session individually. The individual sessions are explained below:
Session 1: LED Blinky Kit
Build a circuit that alternates blinking two LEDs. This is a simple circuit with easy-to-solder parts that will make a great introduction to soldering.
Session 2: Sound to Light Modulator
Work on a modulator kit that transforms sounds into pulsating light. The components on this board are still easy to solder and understand, but the circuit is a little more complex.
Session 3: Optical Theremin
Create your own instrument! The optimal theremin controls sound based on the amount of light that reaches its sensor. This is a more complex circuit than the others, with smaller parts.
By the end of the series, students will be extremely well-versed in soldering techniques, and will be able to assemble their own electronics kits with confidence. Students will also be introduced to some basic electrical theory, and will learn some standard circuit design techniques through experience with each type of kit.
Kits and all required tools will be provided by Artisan's Asylum.
Drew Van Zandt is a hardware design engineer, signal integrity professional, and programmer who’s interested in robotics, dancing, sensors, woodworking, metalworking, cool math, proper grammar, and one or two other things (e.g. everything). I don’t own a TV, I do have a cat, though the direction of ownership there is in question. I’m a gamer, a drink mixer, and a mischief-maker, with all the patience of a lightning bolt.
Spark is a tinkerer and adventurer. He works as an electrical engineer. In his free time he enjoys messing around with electronics projects, making metal sculptures, and fire dancing.
Session 1: Wednesday, January 11, 7PM-10PM
Session 2: Wednesday, January 18, 7PM-10PM
Session 3: Wednesday, January 25, 7PM-10PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.