Workshop: Intro to Electronics / Learn to Solder

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What? When? Where? Who?

Happy hardware hackers learning to solder

What: Get-together to learn basic electronics, and learn to solder using cool kits!
     You can easily learn all of the skills you need in one session.
     Make a project, and take it home with you!
     If you have your own project (advanced or simple), bring it by!
When: 2:00pm till 5pm or so
     Most projects take about 1.5 to 2 hours
Where: Sudo Room, 2141 Broadway, upstairs, Oakland, 94612 (entrance on 22nd St.) -- Map
Who: You! It is fun to make things in the friendly community of Sudo Room.
     Come join us. Everyone is welcome. All ages. All skill levels.
Cost: Instruction is free! We ask that people pay only for the cost of the parts used
     -- kit prices range from $10 to $35.
Instructor: Mitch Altman. Mitch has taught over 40,000 how to solder. Everyone can learn. And everyone can learn the basics of electronics.

Mitch will bring kits to make cool, practical, intriguing, hackable things that you can bring home after you make it. Of course, you can also bring your own projects to hack.

Plenty of cool kits are available to make, including:

  • TV-B-Gone (turn off TVs in public places!)
  • "Hello My Name Is" badge (you may have seen me wearing mine)
  • Brain Machine (Meditate, Hallucinate, and Trip Out!)
  • Mignonette Game (make your own handheld game console!)
  • Trippy RGB Waves (interactive blinky lights!)
  • LEDcube (animated 3D cube!)
  • MiniPOV (write messages in the air!)
  • MintyBoost (charge your USB enabled gadgets!)
  • BoArduino (make your own fully functional Arduino -- for solderless breadboards!)
  • Diavolino (make your own shield-compatible Arduino!)
  • Open Heart (animate fun patterns in the shape of a heart!)
  • Atari Punk Console (make cool noise from an Altoids tin!)
  • Drawdio (make noise by drawing lines with this pencil!)
  • LoL Shield (Lots of LEDs! for your Arduino!)
  • microcontroller programmer (USBtinyISP) (program all your AVR family chips!)
  • And more.

More info on many of these projects: (click on the "maker faire" tab)

Anyone can learn to solder! Even if you have never made anything in your life, you can learn this very useful and enjoyable skill. It really is fun! Mitch has taught tens of thousands of people to solder all around the world, and he can teach you, too! Add yourself to the ever increasing community!