We attended an aluminum casting class at the TechShop last week and had a great time! It was totally hands-on and absolutely unintimidating. The instructor did an excellent job of getting all the students (all five of us! – perfectly sized class) involved and getting our hands dirty. When I wasn’t busy with tamping sand or other fun tasks, I took some pictures, which are in this flickr set.
The TechShop offers a wide range of classes, and based on our experience as students, they are great. They are having an open house this weekend, so if you’re in the area (Menlo Park, CA), you can check it out for yourself. Open house details can be found on the event schedule.
Build your own LED Micro-Readerboard this Satuday (6/30, 1:00 PM) at TechShop. It’s a single class where you choose phrases for and solder together your own LED Micro-Readerboard. As a new option: you can choose to make yours an AlphaPOV display! This class is a fun first introduction to what you can do with a microcontroller– where you make a neat toy that you get to take home. (Kids can take this class too, assuming that you’ve already taught them to solder.) Sign up here.
A week later, “Choosing a Microcontroller” (7/7 @ 1:00 PM) is a detailed seminar on the capabilities of microcontrollers and walks you through the process of finding one for your application. Sign up here.