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: "Minty Boost" USB Charger
With an altoids tin, a couple of AA batteries, and a small circuit, build your own USB charger for your cell phone, mp3 player, camera, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge.
Session 2: LED Dice
This fun circuit and LED set simulates casting a die. Seven LEDs are arranged like a real die face. When you flip the switch the die "rolls", blinking through the LEDs, slows down, and finally stops on a number.
Session 3: Home/Car Alarm
Create your own alarm system! A magnet and reed switch trigger the circuit, and an integral piezo sounder produces the alarm sound. With a relay, you can even add an auxiliary item like a siren or light!
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 are each $10; they 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.
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.