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 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.