Make Your Own Rac3r Robot

3D print, assemble, and code your own arduino-based robot racer! 3D print the robot body, then explore breadboards to assemble the circuitry necessary to bring your robot to life. One class fee pays for one robot. Children ages 10 + are welcome if accompanied by a parent.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $49
  • Length: 3 hours

Electronics Orientation

Welcome to the wide world of electronics! Explore NextFab’s comprehensive lab with a brief tour, then try your hand at soldering together your own hydro-inspired PCB.

Introduction to Raspberry Pi

Learn how to create popular projects with Raspberry Pi, the popular low-cost computing platform. Explore Raspberry Pi software, Python, the Linux ecosystem, and learn to build popular projects like a “smart mirror” and an internet-connected “mood ring.” Get guidance on how to build more projects like a RetroPie Arcade. NOTE: basic computer skills and competency are necessary for this class.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

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: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

Circuits II

Building on the basics learned in Circuits I, explore passive components in greater detail. Focus on the behavior of resistors, capacitors and inductors. Experiment with two popular integrated circuits and the Op-Amp and 555 timer while learning how to use the oscilloscope and function generator.

Advanced Soldering

Delve deeper into soldering techniques used for small batch prototyping with surface mount components. Explore the numerous SMD component packages along with methods of using and reflowing solder paste and board rework.

Design your own Circuit Board: An Introduction to Eagle

Learn about circuit board design and schematic capture techniques in this entry level Eagle class. Explore the world of PCBs, and navigate the software package by making your own audio amplifier board, ready for fabrication.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

Introduction to Microcontrollers with Arduino

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. Experiment with inputs and outputs, and finish the class with building a simple theremin.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • Length: 2 hours

Intermediate Arduino Concepts

In this two part course, cultivate more advanced coding techniques and algorithm development using the Arduino platform to create code that is well organized, fully commented, and efficiently run. Learn about libraries, functions, arrays, state machines, and branching statements.

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