Arduino Workshop 05-23-2014

Pics from Friday’s workshop. Awesome Turnout. 

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James showed off the sun tracker he made during #swmaui using skills from the first couple of workshops.

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The high school students prepped for their big LED build by learning to solder. One of them made a snail from scrap parts.

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Newcomer Bob, aka Arduino Master, showed us his smart house and his wife, Dee, showed us her wearable brooch.

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We completed the PWM exercise, and welcomed 2 new students–one of them had his text to speech module saying “Welcome to #mauimakers” after a quick tutorial.

 

Arduino Workshop May 16, 2014

Great turnout, even though some of the regulars were at Start Up Weekend.

Since I only had Control Freaks, we got down and dirty with learning how the Arduino works so that we can push it to its limits.

Don’t let this scare you off if you are a Newbie or just want to build a cool Instructable you saw online.  The workshop format adapts to cover all skill levels present.

This coming Friday:

0. Newbies will have a chance to start with the basics.

1. We’ll see if we can come up with the parts to get a group building a 3-d cube:

http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-Cube-4x4x4/#step1

I’ve got parts on order, but does anyone have 100 LEDs lying around?

2. By special request last week: pulse width modulation (PWM).

O-scope and voltmeter to see how the Arduino was actually working.

Breaking out the big toys

Breaking out the big toys

Yup, I even made the college students do… Calculus!

If anyone wants to, they can repeat that (minus the calculus).

3. One of the regular attendees wants to learn about robots.

A Robots group will start with learning about different ways to control motors.

4. Depending on time and interest, a group can start their own project.

Laura

If you have any questions, or suggested builds, you can email me at laura@innov8maui.com.

Maui Makers Arduino Workshop May 9 2014

Dream it, Make it

Every Friday at 6 PM at UHMC Ka’a’ike Bldg. Rm 217,  Starts May 9

At the workshop you will have access to Arduinos, breadboards, computers, basic parts, sensors, motors, as well as test and measurement equipment.

If you are thinking of attending, please fill out this survey: Calling all Maui Makers (Free Stuff).

The meeting will be a guided workshop, not formal teaching.  I expect a group of diverse skills and knowledge.  For the moment I’m not setting age limits, but ask attendees to use common sense.  At the workshop you will be working with small parts, electricity and computers.  Depending on you level of dexterity and skill you may: choke if you swallow the small parts, set something on fire if you wire it incorrectly, find the attention to detail tedious.

Agenda:

–Talk Story: why are you here?

–Brainstorming: ideas for group projects

–Break out groups:

Newbies:  This group is for those that are new to programming, electronics, or Arduinos.  Only requirement is a pulse, a reasonable level of maturity and a willingness to learn.  You will be guided by others in the basics of setting it up and making it to do something simple.

Control Freaks:  This group is for those that have enough experience to set up the Arduino on their own, and want to build circuits that demonstrate various aspects of how the Arduino functions.  This group is also a good place for those that already know what they want to build and need access to boards, parts and tools.

Just do it:  This is for the group that is itching to make something.  They will be formed during the Brainstorming session.  This being an Arduino workshop, it really should require a micro controller.  Some ideas I have gathered from the Survey Monkey and one-on-ones: spaceships, virtual reality, CNC, GPS, smart home, irrigation control, aquaponics, haunted house, interactive edutainment, chicken counter–you can add yours by clicking here: Calling all Maui Makers (Free Stuff).  It is likely that this will require skills and creativity beyond setting up the Arduino program and circuit, so is a good beginner group for those who want to understand what Arduinos might be good for, but aren’t ready to get into the details.  That being said, the group will eventually need someone to build the circuit and program the device.