Past Meetup

Basic Electronics

Hosted by SYN Shop - Las Vegas Valley Hackerspace

Public group

This Meetup is past

22 people went

Price: $10.00 /per person
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What are basic electronic components and how do they work?

This class has a hard limit of 20 participants, so RSVP now to get in! There is a $10 per student charge to cover materials and course costs. Fee may be paid here, online, or in person at the event.

Students must have a breadboard with rails to sign up for this class. If you don't have one you will not be able to participate. Pololu carries them as does rad shack, frys, and many other places.

We were completely stunned by the great attendance at the Introduction to Arduino course. This class picks up where introduction left off. We will be doing the introduction again late November.

We will learn about resistors, capacitors, LEDs, and integrated circuits. How they work and what they do in electronic circuits. We will build 3 unique circuits on breadboards, step by step, and discuss what makes them work. This is a beginner level course.


It may look complex, but breadboards are the simplest way to create temporary circuits. Breadboards come in many shapes and sizes, and some, like the proto shield, plug directly into Arduino. We will build circuits on breadboards, step by step.

Friendly SYN Shop facilitators will be on hand to help you through all activities. If you have experience with bread boarding and soldering, I need 2 facilitators, please volunteer offline to [masked]

Students MUST bring their own breadboard and wire kit to participate. Failure to bring the required eqiupment will mean you can not particpate. Sample code, schematics, and courseware will be freely provided. Components and battery will be provided as part of the course cost..

Pololu Robotics and Electronics, have electronic parts and kits available. If you purchase online before 2pm and use a local address, then you can select the pickup option and pickup same day. Pololu will not be delivering to class

We recommend item 352, 830 point breadboard, and item 312, 140 piece wire kit. Together less than $11 at Pololu.

There is a $10 charge for this course. Donations to SYN Shop are always welcome. Or purchase a T-Shirt at and show your support!

About the instructor: Charley Jones holds over 12 industry certifications and is a former Microsoft Certified Trainer. Mr. Jones enjoys sharing his knowledge and passing on his experiences. He is an avid developer and has built and donated code to multiple Arduino and related projects. A graduate of the New England Institute of Technology, Mr. Jones has pursued a lifelong interest in electronics, microprocessors, and computers. He currently works as a Database Administrator and Developer for Clark County, NV. He is a founding member of SYN Shop, the Las Vegas Hacker Space, and donates time, materials, and experience to the group. His blog can be reached at (

I have taught this class three times before, and is the second in the series. Introduction to Arduino is the first.