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Build and Program a Firefly

This month it's back to soldering and programming with the Firefly from Solarbotics.

The Firefly is a neat 3-LED device that can be soldered in about 15-30 minutes.  It has an ATTiny85 that contains several blinking modes.

The first part of the workshop will consist of assembling your Firefly.

Afterwards, you can optionally learn how to program it using an Arduino as the programmer, or build a second Firefly for an art project to be displayed at the Lake Merritt Gardens Autumn Light Festival.

The cost of the Firefly kit is $15.  If you have them, bring an Arduino and and FTDI converter so we can set up the programmer for you.  Otherwise, we've got a setup we can share.

If you want to help make additional Fireflies, Michael Schrecker and Anca are looking for help assembling about 45 kits for an interactive light sculpture project to be displayed in the Lake Merritt Gardens (and at Tech Liminal later).

We'll start with a show and tell, so bring your project.


A fun-for-all-ages event, Children under 14 need to be accompanied by an adult.

See you soon!
- The Make:SF Team

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun, but I think perhaps there were too many people.

    October 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone was super helpful and friendly, lots of fun

    October 10, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    Can we pay with credit card again tonight with Square?

    October 9, 2012

  • Matthew A.

    Are both the Oct 2nd and 9th events happening at Tech Liminal, or will there be a San Francisco venue as well?

    September 20, 2012

    • Tech L.

      The October 9 event is happening at the Tech Shop in San Francisco.

      September 20, 2012

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