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Virtual Offering: Circuits I

Explore basic electronic circuits by dabbling with various electronic tools in the software TinkerCAD Circuits. Learn about schematics and symbolism, and begin to understand how to read a circuit schematic and build a real circuit. Experiment with components including resistors, LEDs and diodes and gain a general knowledge of electricity and its behavior.


NOTE: This class is delivered virtually, but the physical components discussed in class are available in our electronics studios for your practice and convenience.

Virtual Offering: Arduino I

Learn how to program hardware and create embedded systems with this introduction to Arduino, the popular, open-source development platform that provides novices and professionals alike with a massive array of options. Using the software program TinkerCAD Circuits, experiment with inputs and outputs. 


NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer with an internet connection, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time.

  • Member Price: $69
  • Non-Member Price: $119
  • Length: 2 hours

Introduction to Electronics

Join us in NextFab’s comprehensive Electronics lab! Explore the tools and processes we have available to transform your projects. Learn about Printed Circuit Board design and manufacturing, then try your hand at soldering together your own hydro-inspired PCB. This class is designed for makers of any skill level.

Learn electronics - Introduction to Electronics

Circuits I

Explore basic electronic circuits by dabbling with various electronic tools. Learn about schematics and symbolism, and begin to understand how to read a circuit schematic and build a real circuit. Experiment with components including resistors, LEDs and diodes and gain a general knowledge of electricity and its behavior.

  • Member Price: $89
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 2 hours

Circuits II

Building on the basics learned in Circuits I, explore passive components in greater detail. Focus on the behavior of diodes, capacitors and inductors. Experiment with two popular integrated circuits, the Op-Amp and 555 Timer.

Circuits III

See what’s happening electrically inside of your circuit! Use analysis tools, including the oscilloscope and function generator, to observe circuit behavior in real time. Learn how to build a PWM (pulse width modulated) motor driver and analyze the real output of the circuit compared to the predicted output.

Advanced Soldering

Delve deeper into soldering techniques used in small batch prototyping with surface mount components. Explore numerous SMD component packages along with methods of solder paste use and reflow.

Arduino II

Solve more advanced problems and prepare to make your own projects with Arduino. Explore more advanced coding concepts like writing custom functions and working with arrays, then practice importing libraries and tweaking existing code to meet your needs.

  • Prerequisites:
  • Member Price: $89
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 2 hours

Electronics Tool List

  • Soldering Stations
  • Precision Hand Tools
  • Digital Multimeter
  • Digital Oscilloscope
  • Analog Oscilloscope
  • Microscope (10x)
  • DC Power Supplies
  • Function Generators
  • Electronic Active Load
  • Microcontroller Development Resources
  • National Instruments Base Development System
  • National Instruments Data Acquisition System
  • Manual Pick & Place Machine
  • CNC Pick & Place Machine
  • Solder Paste Stencil Printer
  • Reflow Ovens
  • Stroboscope