[Noisebridge-announce] Arduino for Total Newbies workshop! 23-July, Saturday 2p-5p

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 7 22:58:45 UTC 2011

On Saturday, 23-July, 2:00pm to 5pm, I will once again be giving my popular workshop to teach people who know nothing how to play with Arduinos! Arduinos For Total Newbies workshop You've probably heard of Arduinos.  But do you know what they do?  Do you know how to make cool projects from them?  Did you know that in one 3-hour workshop you can make your own Arduino, set up your computer to play with them, and make your first project?  You can! Arduino is an amazingly powerful tool that is very simple to learn to use.  It was designed so that artists and non-geeks can start from nothing, and make something cool happen in less than 90 minutes.  Yet, it is powerful enough so that uber-geeks can use it for their projects as well.
In this workshop you will make your own Arduino that you can take home with you!  And you will set up the free Arduino software on your computer.  And you will make a TV-B-Gone remote control out of your Arduino.  And you will be ready to make your own cool projects with your Arduino!
What:  Arduino workshop for newbies, using TV-B-Gone remote controls as an intro
When:  Saturday, 23-July, 2:00pm to 5pm
Where:  Noisebridge -- 2169 Mission St.,  3rd floor
Who:  Anyone and everyone can have fun learning Arduino.  Ages 8 to 100
Cost:  Instruction is free,
  parts costs (if you want to make along with us and bring your Arduino TV-B-Gone home with you): $45
Bring your laptop if you want to go home with the free Arduino software installed on it.  Arduino software runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux.Instructor: Mitch Altman, who's taught workshops around the world  Itinerary For This Workshop We will start by learning to solder.  Don't let this scare you!  I've taught well over 10,000 people to solder, most of whom have never made anything before in their lives.  It is actually a very easy skill to learn.  It is also very useful. Then we will each make our own Arduino clone from a kit made by Ladyada:  BoArduino. Now that we each have our own Arduino, we will set up the free and open-source software on our laptops (if you bring one). And then its time to make something and learn how easy it is to use Aruino!  You'll put together your own TV-B-Gone remote control using your BoArduino.  We will use a solderless breadboard.  These are really useful, and provide a fast, and very easy way to put circuits together without needing to solder. We should have plenty of time for target practice afterward. More info:Arduinos For Total Newbies workshop  Please feel free to email me with any questions about the workshop. Mitch.   		 	   		  
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