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Description: Got an idea for a prototype but not sure exactly how to make it happen? SparkFun Electronics is offering five days of prototyping skills from schematic to breadboard to gerber files to soldering and stenciling. Bring your ideas, half-finished designs, enthusiasm and your own lunch! (Or visit a local eatery.)
This class will start with a discussion of the design process, sourcing parts and datasheets as well as how to create schematics, followed by an introduction to Arduino. The second day will cover soldering (PTH or SMD), a brief discussion of Lilypad (with optional take-home activity), solder stenciling and an introduction to Processing. On day three we will work with Eagle PCB layout software and cover more Arduino programming concepts. Day four is dedicated to GPS and wireless. On the final day SparkFun will provide a whole day of support for independent pursuit of projects. While we can’t promise you will finish your project, we can promise that we will make sure you get exposure to a wide variety of skills and plenty of time to discuss design details with our engineers.
Materials Included in this class:
What to bring: Students are asked to provide their own laptop, several ideas to pursue throughout the class and food for brainpower, or the means to go to a local eatery.
Note: Please install the Arduino software on your computer before the class. Click here for instructions on installing the Arduino software.
In adition, you will also need the FTDI chip driver for use with our XBee Explorer. Click here for FTDI chip driver download.
Finally, please install the Eagle Light software on your computer before the class. Click here for information on installing Eagle Light.
Date: Monday August 15th through Friday August 19th
Time: 8 am – 5 pm (One hour break for lunch)
Location: SparkFun Electronics
Instructors: Aaron, Ben, Dia, Lindsay, Michelle, Mike, Pete & Rob