• How to Measure Stuff (aka instrumentation)

    1326 Monte Vista Ave

    For this workshop, we're going to review how to measure voltage, current, and resistance using a multimeter. Then we're going to use an Arduino to measure the same things. And finally, we're going to use what we've learned to use a thermistor to measure temperature, a photo resistor to detect light, and an ultrasonic sensor to measure distance. To get the most of this workshop, you'll need to have a basic understanding of simple electronics concepts such as voltage, current, and how to program an arduino. If you don't know these things, or you're a little rusty, we might still be able to walk you through everything if there aren't too many people. Please bring a laptop with the Arduino development environment already installed. Pizza and soda will be provided.

  • Electronics for Everyone Hangout and Help Session

    1326 Monte Vista Ave

    We're doing a joint event with Club ITF of UMakers. Come join us to work on your electronics project, get some help from our members, and even pick up some electronics components for your project. Free pizza and drinks will be provided.

  • Electronics for Non Engineers

    1326 Monte Vista Ave

    Ever wanted to get your feet wet in electronics or microcrocontrollers but don't know where to start? Then, this workshop for you. All skill levels are welcome, but this workshop will be tailored towards people who know absolutely nothing about electronics. We'll have a formal presentation where we will go over batteries, power supplies, resistors, and even basic Arduino programming. After the presentation, you'll be able to ask our members about their projects, how to get started with your own project, or any other questions you may have. We'll also have a small selection of Arduinos and basic electronic components for sale if you want to dive right in and start on your project right away. Come hungry, because free pizza will also be provided.

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  • Digital Fabrication Make and Take

    UMakers

    Come join us for a digital fabrication Make and Take session at UMakers! For most electronics projects, putting your components on a breadboard is only the first part. Robots need a chassis, electronics need enclosures, and sensors need a way to be mounted. Come learn about different fabrication tools, and how they can be used for your next electronics project at UMakers. UMakers is a fabrication lab with several 3D printers, a laser cutter, a cnc machine, and other digital fabrication tools. Usually, classes and use of the digital fabrication equipment at UMakers is only available to members, but for this Make and Take session, you can learn and use the digital equipment for free. We will have a selection of Raspberry Pi and Arduino case files that we can laser cut for you. We can cut them out of 1/8" acrylic, MDF, or plywood. You can bring your own material, or purchase it at UMakers. Materials at UMakers are cheaper than most other vendors. (For example, acrylic is $3.00 per square foot.) To give you a few ideas regarding what you can make at UMakers, take a look at a few of these source files: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:24461 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5029 Feel free to look at thingiverse (http://www.thingiverse.com) or any other laser cutting and 3D source websites for ideas. In addition to the Make and Take session, you can also bring your electronics projects to show off or just ask other members for help with.

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  • Digital Fabrication Make and Take

    UMakers

    Come join us for a digital fabrication Make and Take session at UMakers! For most electronics projects, putting your components on a breadboard is only the first part. Robots need a chassis, electronics need enclosures, and sensors need a way to be mounted. Come learn about different fabrication tools, and how they can be used for your next electronics project at UMakers. UMakers is a fabrication lab with several 3D printers, a laser cutter, a cnc machine, and other digital fabrication tools. Usually, classes and use of the digital fabrication equipment at UMakers is only available to members, but for this Make and Take session, you can learn and use the digital equipment for free. We will have a selection of Raspberry Pi and Arduino case files that we can laser cut for you. We can cut them out of 1/8" acrylic, MDF, or plywood. You can bring your own material, or purchase it at UMakers. Materials at UMakers are cheaper than most other vendors. (For example, acrylic is $3.00 per square foot.) To give you a few ideas regarding what you can make at UMakers, take a look at a few of these source files: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:24461 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5029 Feel free to look at thingiverse (http://www.thingiverse.com) or any other laser cutting and 3D source websites for ideas. In addition to the Make and Take session, you can also bring your electronics projects to show off or just ask other members for help with.

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  • General Meetup and Open Lab

    UMakers

    Join us for another opportunity to meet fellow members. We'll also have several picaxes and arduinos for people to try out. More details to come in a few days.

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  • Embedded Systems and Electronics Meet and Greet, and Umakers Open House

    Come to our first meeting and meet fellow club members. This is a great opportunity to see what everyone else is working on and to network. I'd also like to take this opportunity to talk to members and understand what kind of events you'd like to do, and what you would like to learn. Some people have expressed interest in learning a little about Picaxe microcontrollers, so I will be bringing some to demo. If enough people show up, I can also do a more formal presentation on Picaxes and batteries. UMakers is nice enough to host our meetings. While you're there, you can take the opportunity to explore UMakers and see what they have to offer. I highly recommend becoming a member of UMakers as well, as you will have access to great fabrication and prototyping tools. Light refreshments will be provided.

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