In this class, students will learn best practices and techniques involved in assembling electronic circuits onto printed circuit boards using soldering equipment. This class is perfect for the newcomer or novice electronics hobbyist who is looking to breathe life into the circuits they've been learning about.
Students will learn assembly techniques by assembling small kits which may include autonomous
robots that demonstrate interesting behaviors (such as seeking or avoiding light) without the need for any programming. Over the course of the class, students will get to both practice their new skills and learn about the circuit designs in the robots. Students will get to keep the projects they make.
Students will learn how to use basic electronic assembly tools such as soldering irons, and will feel comfortable assembling small, basic electronic circuit boards from scratch. Students will take home several example projects they can use as a reference for future projects, and will be familiar with the operation of the circuits in the example projects.
Students will pay approximately $30 in materials costs for three project kits that they will assemble over the course of the two sessions of class.
Instructor Biography: Alex Reben
Alex is an engineer by day and an artist by night. He has a background in robotics, interaction and tangible design.When not working on robots and novel interfaces, Alex creates and builds kinetic, robotic and interactive art. He holds a masters degree from the MIT Media Lab and has taught full classes at MIT and workshops internationally. Alex's work has been shown at Ars Electronica, MIT, The Whitney Biennial and the RISD Sol Koffer gallery. He has worked on robots for NASA, DOE, EYEBEAM and MIT and has been published in major conferences and books including "The Best of Instructables" from O'Reilley. He is currently a core member of the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media.
Class meets twice,
Session 1: Wednesday, 12/08/2010, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Session 2: Wednesday, 12/15/2010, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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.