Exciting SparkFun electronics workshops coming to the Asylum for Maker Faire

October 1, 2012    

We’re excited to announce that SparkFun Electronics is joining us for the first annual Somerville Mini Maker Faire!

Artisan’s Asylum is hosting our own Mini Maker Faire in Union Square on October 13, displaying technology being developed in the greater Somerville area by local artists, engineers, hobbyists, tinkerers, and more (information about registering to participate here!). The event itself will be organized similarly to a farmer’s market; there will be groupings of tents and tables that would feature local work from DIY groups in the area. In addition, there will be technology demonstrations, moving showpieces, and design and fabrication competitions.

SparkFun is participating in the festival, but they’re also going to be offering one-time workshops at Artisan’s Asylum during the week before and after the Faire. Check out the following exciting offerings from SparkFun!

  • Xciting XBees, Wednesday, October 10, 7-10PM — For beginners interested in taking the first step towards integrating Wireless communication into their projects. Use XBee Series 1 radios to discover just how easy that first step is! Activities will include chat, pin to pin button and LEDs. Time permitting we will also briefly cover how you can use the XBees to send and interpret Serial communication in conjunction with an Arduino.
  • Eagle PCB Layout, Thursday, October 11, 7-10PM — So you’ve got an amazing circuit or two that is going to change the world… or maybe just your garage. But how do you go about creating a PCB that you can populate with the parts that make up your amazing circuits? Learn how to use Eagle Layout Editor to create boards, going from schematic to Gerber files in Eagle light (freeware version). Jim and Linz will lead the class through installing libraries, CAM files, creating schematics, creating nets, vias/connections, silk screen, drill holes, mouse-bites and even creating parts!
  • SMD Soldering with Simon, Monday, October 15, 7-10PM — The SMD Soldering Class is SparkFun’s popular course that teaches Surface Mount Device (SMD) soldering to anyone who thinks they can’t possibly solder those little pins. This will be a hands-on class where the students learn techniques to help them solder surface mount components. This class is designed for those already comfortable with operating a soldering iron who are looking to refine their technique for application to SMD components. You’ll be soldering together an Simon SMD Kit. By the end of the night, you’ll have a functioning game to take home to your friends!

SparkFun Electronics is a cutting-edge technology distributor and education advocate. Their online retail store sells bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible; whether it’s a robot that can cook your breakfast or a GPS cat-tracking device, SparkFun products and resources are designed to make the world of electronics more accessible to the average person. In addition to products, SparkFun also offers classes and a number of online tutorials designed to help educate individuals in the wonderful world of embedded electronics.

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