Classes and Events



Electronics design and diptrace

When:
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Taught by Makelab Charleston’s very own Tim Taylor! Bring your laptop!

So you have wanted to design that custom board, but you have no clue where to start, right? With this class I will take you through all the stages of designing a circuit board from concept to schematic to board layout.

The stages of design will be fixed for this class, but the actual item we are designing will not be. We are going to be picking an IC chip and designing a breakout board for it similar to those available on adafruit for many chips. The specific chip we pick will be voted for by you as we start the class.

We are going to go over a few things that you may or may not already know how to do:

Non-Diptrace Specific Topics:

  • How to read a Datasheet
  • Quick Block Diagrams

Diptrace Specific things:

  • Component Creation
  • Schematic Layout
  • Pattern Creation (Footprint, Decals)
  • PCB Layout
  • Gerber Creation

IC Types to vote on

  • Capacitive touch sensor
  • Current Sensor
  • Inclinometers (Tilt Sensors)
  • Accelerometers
  • Humidity Sensors
  • CO2 detectors
  • Motor Drivers
  • External Memory
  • Displays(LED)

This class costs $20 to non-members. Payment options include:

  • Checks made out to Makelab Charleston may be mailed to or dropped off at 3955 Christopher Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405.
  • Drop off cash payments at same address at the indoor lock box in the kitchen.
  • If you need another option, we will have a Paypal link on our website class announcement available soon.
  • You may also pay when you arrive at class.

Makelab Charleston members, this class is covered by your monthly dues.



Makelab Social Event: Board and Card game night!

When:
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Makelab Social Event: Board and Card game night!

Have you been looking for other people to play custom, special, or home-made games? Have you had a group to play with but not a great place to meet up at? Well come to Makelab Charleston for a board and card game night!

We will have great games such as Castle Panic, Zombie Fluxx, We Didn't Playtest This, and more! Please feel free to stop by and bring any board or card games you may be interested in playing. We always look forward to trying new games!



Intro to PCB Design (EaglePCB)

When:
Thursday, 9 October 2014 - 6:00pm

Taught by Makelab Charleston member, Peter McDade

Whether you are a team of one, or part of a large engineering department, EAGLE provides quality PCB (Printed Circuit Board) design software with the features that get the job done. For over 20 years, EAGLE has been satisfying design engineers around the world, by offering the same core functionality as expensive commercial software, at the fraction of the cost. This class with cover the fundamentals of designing a circuit board in EaglePCB.

Additionally, CadSoft is sponsoring the event and giving Makelab a site hobbyist license. Plus additional benefits for those who attend the class.

 

Class fee is $30. You may pay with check, cash, or using the paypal link below. PLEASE make sure you have verified your spot on meetup prior to paying.

*Makelab Charleston members: this class is covered by your monthly dues.



Arduino 201: Let’s make a Weather Station!

When:
Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

taught by Makelab Charleston’s very own Tim Taylor, teacher extraordinaire!
(Soft Prerequisite: Arduino 101 Class or some basic Arduino knowledge)

So, you have (hopefully) taken our Arduino 101 class and you know how to blink an LED and do some basic switch and Potentiometer input as well as a bit of serial communications. This class will step it up a notch and you will learn how to develop a system with an Arduino processor. In fact we are going to be making .... Drumroll please!!! .... A weather station.

The weather station features include:

  1. 1.8" color TFT display with microsd card We want to display and store the information we collect.
  2. Barometric Pressure Sensor We need this for weather stuff right?
  3. Luminosity (light) level sensor Well it may help tell us if it is cloudy during the day.
  4. Temperature Sensor ♪♫ It’s getting hot in here ♫♪
  5. Humidity Sensor Is it steamy? or is that your brain after my class?
  6. Realtime Clock You want to know when the weather is happening, right?
  7. 3 Axis Accelerometer I know. I know. This is not typically part of a weather station... but they are cool and it will show you how to use them for your other projects

Topics Covered in this project:

Interrupts --- Umm… Excuse me, Sir.
Timers --- Hold on a sec
SPI interfaces --- Bond. James Bond.
Arduino Libraries --- You are a bookworm, right?
I2C Interfaces --- We all will need glasses one day.
Weird Proprietary Humidity Sensor Interfaces --- Steamy Romance
Text and Graphical Libraries --- I like comic books
SD Card Storage and Datalogging -- Dear diary

What to bring to class:

  • your own Arduino Leonardo or Uno;
  • your own laptop with appropriate Arduino Leonardo or Uno software loaded and tested;
  • Your Brainpower ready to be put for a workout;
  • Breadboards will be provided during class time for those who need them.

As this class is on a Saturday and will last 6 hours I hope that everyone will learn a good amount. Come and be prepared to do SCIENCE!!!

I will require an unlimited supply of hot pockets for the class. Actually, since we will not break for lunch bring snacks, if you so desire.



Makelab Social Event: Board and Card game night!

When:
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Have you been looking for other people to play custom, special, or home-made games? Have you had a group to play with but not a great place to meet up at? Well come to Makelab Charleston for a board and card game night!

We will have great games such as Castle Panic, Zombie Fluxx, We Didn't Playtest This, and more! Please feel free to bring any board or card games you may be interested in playing.



Makelab Quarterly Members Meeting

When:
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

We will be holding our 2014 Third Quarter Meeting on September 27th at noon.

We will review general safety guidelines, and safety guidelines for each area of Makelab.

We will also cover additional topics including the "30 for 30" campaign and the Makelab website.

If you have any suggestions or feedback on how the board members can do a better job or on how we can improve Makelab, we welcome your feedback. We are committed to making Makelab the best makerspace it can be.

Organized by the Makelab Board
Joe Dwyer, Makelab Charleston President
Steven Melcher, Secretary
David Vandermolen, Treasurer



Arduino 101 Taught by Tim Taylor

When:
Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

$30 Makelab Members
$50 Non-members

This introduction to Arduino is an overview of the board design (components, I/O, power, etc.) the software development environment and several live examples. We will be using an Arduino Leonardo and some additional components.

Lab Examples:
1) Blinking an LED
2) Dimming an LED
3) Reading an analog Joystick
4) Using a Joystick to control an LED’s blink rate.
5) Using a Joystick to control an LED’s brightness
6) Outputting the Joystick values to the computer via the Serial Backport

This class will last an estimated 2 hours.

Bring your laptop and the Arduino Leonardo will be waiting for you at class. We will let you know soon what drivers you need to download to your laptop to be ready for class.

If you would like info about Makelab Membership, here's the link: http://makelabcharleston.org/being-part-makelab-charleston



Intro to Arduino 101

When:
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:45pm

Intro to Arduino 101
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Thursday, July 24, 2014
7:00 PM

Makelab Charleston
3955 Christopher Ave, North Charleston, SC (edit map)

This introduction to Arduino class is an overview of the board design (components, I/O, power, etc.) the software development environment and several live examples. We will be using an Adruino Uno and a breadboard along with additional components.

Example circuits we may include:
1) Blinking the on-board LED.
2) Blinking an LED via the digital header I/O.
3) Adding a button switch to control the LED’s on/off
4) Using a potentiometer to control an LED’s blink rate.
5) Using a potentiometer to control an LED’s brightness
6) Controlling a servo motor.
7) Using a potentiometer to control a servo motor.

This class will last an estimated 2 hours and cost $50 (price includes purchase of an Ardunio Leonardo )



Network Team

When:
Sunday, 29 June 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The network team has been meeting on Sundays for the past several months. We are currently in the process of setting up an Open Stack, using an assortment of servers owned by Makelab members.

We have also just taken possession of a "new" rack (in really good shape!) and several servers that will be added to the Open Stack.



Charleston Uber User Group - June Event

When:
Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:45pm

Charleston Uber User Group - June Event
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:30 PM

Makelab Charleston
3955 Christopher Ave, North Charleston, SC (edit map)

This group allows its attendees to pitch technical topics they will either speak on, or want to hear about. While it is limited to tech, there is nothing within that field that is off-limits. So, on the 4th(or 3rd if the month has no 4th, just follow the community :-)

Thursday of the month, come dine/drink with us and discuss technical things!

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