The Electronics department has everything you need to get started with programming. With intro and intermediate courses in soldering, circuits, and coding concepts, you can find out how to put it all together to complete your algorithm obsession.
Explore laser cutting, Arduino programming, and robotic automation in this challenging workshop. Learn specific Arduino concepts and basic robotic purpose by assembling your own robotic arm. One class fee pays for one kit.
Create your very own electronic holiday decoration with ‘smart’ LED lights that flash in a variety of patterns and colors. Solder components onto your snowflake-shaped board, or choose to make the non-soldered version and complete a simpler assembly (recommended for anyone under the age of 14). Ages 10 and up, for members and non-members. NOTE: Course fee is for 1 kit but additional materials, such as power adapters and project embellishments, will be available for purchase during the workshop.
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.
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.
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.
Bring your electronics knowledge to the next level in this advanced circuits class. Learn about diodes, capacitors and inductors to examine how circuits change with time. Use an op-amp to drive a speaker, and a 555 timer to control the brightness of an led via pulse width modulation.
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.
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.
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.
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.