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.
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. Junior members are welcome if accompanied by a parent.
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.
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.
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.
Utilize the tools and techniques related to soldering to create and fix electronic devices. Assemble and solder a pre-fabricated, printed circuit board. De-solder broken components and splice wires, while learning how to recognize and fix bad solder joints.
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 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.
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.
Tours are the best way to get a sense of what our spaces are like, what capabilities we offer, and what a NextFab experience feels like. Plus, you’ll get to talk with NextFab staff members to help figure out how our studios can work for you.
Tours are offered at all locations at any time during our tour hours. No need to call ahead - just come on by. For groups of more than 4 people, please contact us to set up a scheduled tour time.