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    Programming the Arduino


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $120 + $3.99 ticket fee

    In this class, students of all levels will learn how to program an Arduino microcontroller. An Arduino is an easy-to-learn open source microcontroller that takes all sorts of sensor inputs, follows user generated programs, and outputs data and power to the world. Arduinos are commonly used in robotics, mechatronics, and all manners of electronics projects around the world, and are supported by a huge community of people. This class will specifically focus on how to program an Arduino to accomplish tasks, and will not touch on circuit design or component selection.

    Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Robotics & Electronics theme night (Mondays, 7 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class is to teach students how to write, debug, and transmit programs to Arduinos from their own computers.

    Prerequisites:

    None. No experience with programming or electronics required.

    Materials:

    Students will purchase microcontrollers and supplementary cabling from the instructor (around $30) on the first day of class. Students will need access to a programming computer at home, and it is preferred (but not required) that they bring a laptop to class. 5 laptops are available to be borrowed during classtime.

    Instructor Biography: David Stokes

    David Stokes

    David Stokes has been using the Arduino for several years. In the past, he’s taught or assisted in teaching several classes, including programming and computer animation. More recently, he was responsible for training the rest of a video game company’s art department in new tools and development techniques.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/5/2010, 6 PM – 8 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/12/2010, 6 PM – 8 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/19/2010, 6 PM – 8 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/26/2010, 6 PM – 8 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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    Introduction to Sewing


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: Intro Class – $25 + $1.61 ticket fee; with Sewing Theme Night access – $50+$2.24

    In this class, students will learn the ins and outs of sewing machines, and will learn how to sew safely and accurately in straight lines, curves, and sharp corners. Students will work on two pillows as a final project to demonstrate their proficiency with their sewing machine.

    This introductory class can also be purchased bundled with a discounted theme night membership, where the student is allowed to stay at the Asylum for an additional 3 hours to practice sewing on their own projects with helpful experienced instructors on hand at all times.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class is to familiarize students both with how to sew and with how a sewing machine works, so that they can immediately apply their skills at home or on Asylum machinery.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students will need to purchase an inexpensive package of materials from the instructor to complete the class project.

    Instructor Biography: Jenn Martinez

    Jenn Martinez

    Jenn Martinez is a theatrical costume designer. Her love affair with theater started in 2002 when she joined an extracurricular theater group. She was trained in sewing, alteration and design by MIT’s theater department, and went professional in 2007. Since then she has worked with a number of groups around the Boston area, including fringe companies, dance companies, and schools. She has gleefully taken on a number of dress periods and styles, such as Victorian, the 1930s, burlesque, and the just plain surreal. In 2009 she was nominated for Best Costumes by the Independent Reviewers of New England.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/5/2010, 6 PM – 7 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/12/2010, 6 PM – 7 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/19/2010, 6 PM – 7 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/26/2010, 6 PM – 7 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

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    Intermediate Electronics: Circuit Design


    2010 - 08.15

    THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to low enrollment

    Cost: $120 + $3.99 ticket fee

    This intermediate electronics course will get you into building, understanding and eventually designing simple yet practical circuits. The class focus will be on both digital and analog circuits, but not on microcontrollers or programming. The course will include lecture and handouts, but will focus more on building and measuring circuits. The course will focus the specifics of the class based on student interests and background, but expect to work on some of the following: reading datasheets, practical breadboarding, RC circuits, logic signals, digital logic, oscillators, operational amplifiers, transistors (CMOS and/or bipolar), audio amplification, passive filters, soldering, use of digital multimeter and oscilloscopes, and circuit debugging strategies.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to leave students self-sufficient when it comes to learning more about circuit design after the class and researching the components they need to be successful.

    Prerequisites:

    At least some qualitative understanding of voltage, current, resistors, capacitors, and diodes. Willingness to learn and make mistakes.

    Materials:

    Students will purchase components for projects and should bring or purchase a breadboard. Components will be purchased from the instructor (<$25).

    Instructor Biography: Kevin Sihlanick

    Kevin SihlanickKevin Sihlanick is an Electrical Engineer at Analog Devices and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Olin College. Kevin’s experience in circuits ranges from robotics and power electronics to FPGAs and custom Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs), with a background in both analog and digital circuitry. Kevin very much enjoyed helping with a microelectronics course back at Olin and being a teaching assistant, and is looking forward to getting back into teaching.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/5/2010, 2 PM – 5 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/12/2010, 2 PM – 5 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/19/2010, 2 PM – 5 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/26/2010, 2 PM – 5 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Intermediate Sewing: Alteration


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $120 + $3.99 ticket fee

    Have you learned how to use your sewing machine, but want more projects to pursue? Ever find that perfect piece at the Garment District that’s just barely not your size? Want great fitting clothes, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on an expensive tailor? This class is for you! Learn basic alterations like hemming pants and jeans, taking in and letting out waistbands, and more!

    Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Stitch ‘N Bitch theme night (Sundays, 7 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to get students comfortable performing alterations to their clothes on their own.

    Prerequisites:

    Some experience sewing (either self-taught or through classes).

    Materials:

    Students will need to purchase an inexpensive package of materials from the instructor and provide their own clothes for alteration.

    Instructor Biography: Lisa Azzolino

    Lisa

    Lisa Azzolino has been sewing most of her life. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a degree in Fashion design and has worked as a costume designer, seamstress, and tailor. She currently teaches computer tools for fashion design at Mass Art, and works full time at TJX as a freelance CAD artist

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/12/2010, 2 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/19/2010, 2 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/26/2010, 2 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 10/3/2010, 2 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

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    Fundamentals of Mechanical Design


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $120 + $3.99 ticket fee

    Have you ever known exactly what you want to design and build, but have no idea how to go about actually designing the pieces for it? Are the pieces you’re building flimsier or less functional than you planned? Have you ever just wanted a big, concise resource for How To Build Stuff That Won’t Fall Apart? This class is for you. This class will be a distillation of key elements of mechanical engineering education (drawing from both the academic version and the on-the-job version of said education), with a focus on introducing you to practical concepts you can immediately use in your crafts and hobbies. We will be exploring force analysis, structural design, power transmission and actuation over the course of the class, with practical design homework assigned after each session. You will leave the class with a new fundamental skill set to practice, personal feedback on all of your design exercises, and a packet of rules of thumb and references that you can use to practice and continue your learning outside of class.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to arm students with the beginnings of an intuitive understanding of how to design mechanical structures, and provide them with the resources they can use to practice their new skills and continue honing their understanding

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students should bring some way of taking notes. Laptops are encouraged, but not required.

    Instructor Biography: Gui Cavalcanti

    Gui

    Gui Cavalcanti received a General Engineering degree with a Robotics concentration from the Olin College of Engineering. He works as a robotics engineer at Boston Dynamics, working on cutting edge mechanical design for highly dynamic legged robots like BigDog and PETMAN. Over the course of his career he has developed the mechanical systems for a robotic tuna, several robotic snakes, an ornithopter, and several other robotic animals. In his spare time he builds ridiculous things with ridiculous people, like a flotilla of SUV-sized rubber duck boats to take on the water on the 4th of July.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/5/2010, 11 AM – 2 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/12/2010, 11 AM – 2 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/19/2010, 11 AM – 2 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/26/2010, 11 AM – 2 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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