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Arduino Weekend !

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1418 North Capitol Street, NW Washington, 20002

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Sign up for Fab Lab DC's Arduino Weekend* to learn about the new open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Advance registration is required.

*Included with registration to the hands-on Arduino Weekend workshop is admission to our Friday evening Speaker Series' presentation: New Media Culture in Architecture and Design by Jonathan Grinham.

Friday evening (November 2nd):

Friday: 7:30PM - 9PM Light refreshments.

Join us Friday evening for a presentation + Q & A by Jonathan Grinham, who will discuss the role of "appliance architectures" in shaping the social and environmental fabric of space. His talk will explore how the new media culture has become an integral part of the design process of architects and designers, sparking a re-emergence of computationally embedded, responsive environments.

Jonathan Grinham is a Visiting Lecturer in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Catholic University of America. He is also a project designer at StudioTwentySevenArchitecture in Washington, DC. Jonathan received a Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Science in Design from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on the areas of architectural robotics, computational design and digital fabrication. Current research projects focus on the implications of interconnecting, virtual and physical environments with building envelope systems through emerging building materials.
(Too busy to come on Friday evening? No worries, the Friday evening talk is icing on the cake! The weekend, hands-on workshop starts on Saturday and continues on Sunday.)

Saturday & Sunday (November 3rd & 4th):

Saturday: 10AM-4PM Sunday: 11AM-4:30PM (Sat. & Sun. ~ Bring your lunch or buy lunch a local lunch spot.)

The hands-on Ardiuno Workshop, by Jonathan Grinham, begins Saturday @ 10AM & continues Sunday from 11AM - 4:30PM. You'll learn how Arduino works & the many things it can do. Bring your laptop and download open source software. Enrollment fee includes materials & supplies including your own Arduino kit:

  • Arduino Uno R3 - Arduino UNO R3 USB board, fully assembled and tested.
  • 6' USB A to B cable - USB provides power for up to 500mA (enough for most projects) and is ample length to connect to your desktop or laptop USB port.
  • Miniature breadboard - Excellent for making circuits and connections off the Arduino. Breadboard may come in various colors.
  • Male to Male jumper wires - These are high quality wires that allow you to connect the female headers on the Arduino to the components and breadboard.
  • Flex Sensor - Originally designed for the Nintendo Power Glove, now you too can measure flex!
  • SoftPot - Measure position along the softpot by looking at the change in resistance. It's like a touch sensitive volume slider.
  • Photocell - A sensor to detect ambient light. Perfect for detecting when a drawer is opened or when night-time approaches.
  • Thermistor - A sensor for detecting ambient temperature and temperature changes.
  • Tri-Color LED - Because everyone loves a blinky. Use this LED to PWM mix any color you need.
  • Basic LEDs - Light emitting diodes make great general indicators.
  • Linear trim pot - Also known as a variable resistor, this is a device commonly used to control volume, contrast, and makes a great general user control input.
  • Buzzer - Make wonderful, brain splitting noises, alarms, and possibly music!
  • 12mm button - Because big buttons are easier to hit.
  • 330 Ohm Resistors - 5 current limiting resistors for LEDs, and strong pull-up resistors.
  • 10k Ohm Resistors - These make excellent pull-ups, pull-downs, and current limiters.
  • Large Servo.
  • Wall Adapter Power Supply - 9VDC 650mA
  • Project shadow box.

About Arduino:

Arduino can sense the environment by receiving input from a variety of sensors and can affect its surroundings by controlling lights, motors, and other actuators. The microcontroller on the board is programmed using the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring) and the Arduino development environment (based on Processing). Arduino projects can be stand-alone or they can communicate with software running on a computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP). The software can be downloaded for free. The hardware reference designs (CAD files) are available under an open-source license, you are free to adapt them to your needs.

Arduino received an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities section of the 2006 Ars Electronica Prix. The Arduino team is: Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, Tom Igoe, Gianluca Martino, and David Mellis.

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