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Arduino to Next Level Workshop, November 2014

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A one-day Arduino workshop hosted by Edinburgh Hacklab. Following on from Getting Started with Arduino Workshop the workshop assumes some previous knowledge and use of Arduino. If you’ve attended the Arduino workshop at the Hacklab then your ready to continue learning where you left off. Topics covered include:
  • Using a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
  • Saving values between Ardunio power-offs
  • Playing Sounds
  • Controlling Motors/Servos
  • Connecting to a Network
  • Making your project tiny and power efficient
  • And more!
We assume you already have an Arduino to bring with you. We will have Arduinos available to borrow for the day if you left your’s at home or to buy if you want a 2nd one or blew yours up! Electronic components you need for the workshop are provided. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with.

The workshop will take place from 10:30am to about 5:00pm, with a break for lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided, Summerhall has a cafe for food or you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Book now!

If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Arduino for Beginners Workshop – Saturday 25th October

Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal; – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator. This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t needs any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience. Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!
If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit, otherwise choose the option to buy an Arduino and kit. All the other electronic components you need are provided in the kit. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. Here are a few comments from past workshop attendees:
“A nice friendly environment to learn.”
 
“The fact that it was totally new to me and I learnt a lot. The support – friendly and interested and did not make me feel a noob :P”
 
“Loved it! More!”
Book now! If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Arduino for Beginners Workshop – Saturday 7th June

Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal; – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator.

This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t needs any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience.

Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!

If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit, otherwise choose the option to buy an Arduino and kit. All the other electronic components you need are provided in the kit. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with.

Here are a few comments from past workshop attendees:
“A nice friendly environment to learn.”

“The fact that it was totally new to me and I learnt a lot. The support – friendly and interested and did not make me feel a noob :P”

“Loved it! More!”

Book now!

If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Start 2014 with a Edinburgh Hacklab Workshop

We are repeating the very popular Soldering and Arduino workshops in the new year. Ideal as Christmas presents, especially for those often hard-to-buy-for geeks in your family. No previous knowledge of soldering, electronics or programming is required, we start with the basics and help you to learn at your own pace.

Soldering Workshop

Saturday 11th January 2:30 – 5pm £18/20 [Information & Registration]

Arduino Workshop

Saturday 1st February £35/£40 (+ £20 for Arduino) [Information & Registration] Whilst on the subject of Christmas, Roshenac a graduate from our November Arduino workshop sent us through a link to some Christmas light hacking she did. Check out how it was made in the Instructable

Soldering Workshop – Saturday 16 November

We quite often hear people saying “I’d love to get into electronics but i don’t know how to solder” Although you can do lot of electronics including our Arduino Workshop without needing to solder, it quickly becomes a really handy skill to make you own projects and fix/hack electronics.
Soldering

Photo by Rain Rabbit – Creative Commons

The workshop starts with the absolute basics, showing you the tools you’ll use and demonstrating how to make a solder joint. You’ll then get straight in there soldering your own BlinkStick with help from experienced solderers.   Plug your completed BlinkStick into a computer and make pretty colours! If you would like to do this at the workshop please bring along a laptop. The workshops takes place on Saturday 16 November from 2:30-5pm at Edinburgh Hacklab @ Summerhall and includes a BlinkStick kit (retail price £9.99) and tea/coffee. We welcome younger participants, however for under 16’s we request that a parent/carer is present for the duration of the workshop. Book Now  

Arduino Workshop, 28th September 2013

Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal; – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator. This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t needs any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience. Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!
If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit, otherwise choose the option to buy an Arduino and kit. All the other electronic components you need are provided in the kit. You will need to bring a laptop to program the Arduino with. This is the forth running of the workshop with the first three selling-out! Book now! If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Arduino Workshop – Saturday 20th July

Due to overwhelming interest the first Arduino Workshop sold out. We’ve scheduled a second workshop for Saturday 20th July
Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator. This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t need any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience. Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!
Price: £45 including Arduino, £25 excluding Arduino. All the electronic components will be provided. If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit. Book now! If debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Arduino Workshop – Saturday 22nd June

On Saturday 22nd June 2013 the lab will running an Arduino workshop.
Photo by beraldoleal http://www.flickr.com/photos/beraldoleal/6297074604 - Create Commons

Photo by beraldoleal – Creative Commons

Arduino is a micro-controller platform designed for ease of use and learning. It allows the creation of electronically controlled projects, whether it be simple blinking lights, a robot or a music generator. This workshop is aimed at beginners. You don’t needs any previous electronics or programming knowledge or experience. Topics covered include:
  • An introduction to the Arduino
  • Using electronic components to build circuits
  • Input and output
  • Generating sound
  • Expanding your Arduino
  • And more!
Price: £45 including Ardunio, £25 excluding Ardunio. All the electronic components will be provided. If you already have an Arduino you can bring that along and just purchase a kit. Book now! In the event that debit or credit cards aren’t your thing please email [email protected] to arrange an alternative method of payment.

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire took place last Sunday, at Summerhall. Hacklab being on site made it easy for us to get involved. The centre piece of the lab’s projects was a marble-run with a magnet-based lift belt, based on a previous version installed in the Forest. By Saturday evening the run was starting to take shape, but there was a lot still to be done. After “rapid prototyping” and trying out different ideas the run was completed and briefly tested just as the sun was rising. As visitors started to arrived the marble run sprung into action. As with the previous version it had a tendency to drop ball bearings once in a while, so the area directly underneath was cordoned off and a “ball picker” equipped a magnet on a stick positioned to retrieve fallen balls. Occasionally a ball lacked speed to negotiate the loop in the run, resulting in a blockage that was again cleared with the help of a magnet. 8633445250_77a72fbd20_b Gandolf’s Optical Pixalator and Andy’s takeaway carton based Airship attracted attention and discussions with visitors. Peter wondering around with his LED Sombrero perched precariously on his head. The hacklab was open for vistors and was almost full to capacity on a few occasions. Gary brought along many One Laptop Per Child machines for people to play with. Tom L also did some musical CNC. Some familiar faces dropped by to say hi and a quite a few first time visitors were impressed and we expect to welcome them back on an open night or to a workshop. Thanks to everybody involved: those who worked on projects, the other exhibitors, Edinburgh Science Festival for doing organisation, and most importantly the visitors who came and made the day a great success. Bring on next year! Rob’s Photos Peter’s Photos

Edinburgh Hacklab @ EMFCamp

The first UK hacker camp in many years was taking place in Milton Keynes, hackers, makers and other interested people were going to be there from across the UK and beyond. It was an opportunity that couldn’t be missed. After a early start the “hackbus” (a hired 9 seat mini-bus) was making good progress and we arrived by mid-afternoon in time to put up our tents and connect to the supper-fast Internet connection before the first talk started…. There were several other hack spaces, including NottingHack that had brought a gazebo village complete with laser cutter. Our “village” was slightly more modest a few straw bales with cooking equipment spread out nearby. A borrowed sail provided the only means of identification and protection from rain, that fortunately didn’t occur in any significant quantity.

Edinburgh Hacklab Village

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