In this class, we will teach the theory and practice behind basic electronic circuits, including classic circuits used to light LEDs and spin DC motors in different directions. We will take a project-based approach (as opposed to a lecture approach) by building different circuits each class period to demonstrate fundamental concepts, from Ohm's Law to how to construct basic filters. Students will learn how to use bench power supplies, multimeters, and function generators to power, analyze, and debug electronic circuits. We will not directly use Arduinos in this class, but we will discuss all circuits as they would connect to an Arduino or other microcontroller. We will also discuss powering Arduinos and similar microcontrollers.
Students will come out with the ability to use variable power supplies, multimeters, and function generators, and will have a basic understanding of electronics and how to build the sample circuits presented.
All necesary electronic components will be provided.
What to Bring:
Students should buy and bring a basic breadboard, similar or identical to the model available here from Sparkfun Electronics.
Tom Brendlinger is an electrical and computer engineer who has worked in a variety of area robotics companies. On the side, he dabbles in mad science, mad engineering, mad fabrication, mad sailing, mad brewing and a wide variety of other mad fields.
Session 1: Monday, February 4, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 2: Monday, February 11, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 3: Monday, February 18, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Session 4: Monday, February 25, 7:30PM - 9:30PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.