Solder your own Micro-Controller - January 18, 2012

If you’ve never soldered before, this is the class for you! We’ve been teaching soldering a lot over the past few years - now you can learn to solder while putting together an Arduino Compatible board. This course teaches through-hole soldering and is recommended for the true beginner. This will be a hands-on class where the students learn techniques to help them solder through-hole components. Soldering can be daunting for the first solder joint, then the 2nd solder joint is not so bad, and by the time you’ve assembled the PTH Arduino Compatible board, you will be quite confident and proficient in basic soldering skills. You can then use your new Arduino Compatible board to create almost any physical computing project you can think of!

Classes take place within SparkFun. We provide all the tools, irons, solder, parts, and seats for 20 to 30 students. You’ll be soldering the Arduino Compatible PTH Kit. By the end of the night, you will have a functioning Arduino Compatible Board to take home and embed in your project.

There is a minimum age requirement of 8 years old, but other than that, anyone is encouraged to sign up. We teach people all the time with no previous soldering experience! And if you know your way around an iron, we can also show you some advanced tips and tricks (flux, wicking, hot-air rework, etc).

We scheduled the class within the end of the workday so that you can beat traffic. Class starts promptly at 6PM! Class takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete.

Note: Class registration is fully refundable until Wednesday, January 11th, at 5:00pm MST. Please call to do so. If you wish to cancel after that time, or miss the workshop for any reason, we will transfer the amount you paid to SparkFun store credit, but cannot issue refunds. Thanks for your understanding!

Prerequisites: None! Just bring you. The class price includes the cost of the PTH Arduino Compatible board.

What to bring: Maybe a bite to eat. The class can run to 7:30 or 8PM. SparkFun will provide all the tools, irons and solder.

Date: January 18, 2012
Time: 6PM to around 7:30PM
Instructors: Lindsay, Casey, Chris, Pamela, Matt

Customer Comments

  • Hi guys, we are working on getting videos of the classes together. Unfortunately this takes more than just plugging in a camera, so please be patient with us while we get it all together.

  • I’m disappointed that Sparkfun would sell the “make your own Microcontroller kit” for $29.99 but the whole class and kit is $24.95?!?! (C,mon just because we can’t go to Colorado doesn’t mean you should make it cheaper for those who can!)

    • Agreed! I.M.O. SparkFun should do one or more of the following: –Lower the price of the kit to $24.95. –Make the classes available as a YouTube video. –Do a LIVE 30min-2hr class every other week. (Like Adafruit’s “Ask an Engineer”) –Do a LIVE 30min-2hr Q&A every week. (“Thank SparkFun it’s Monday Classes” or “Monday Classes with SparkFun” & “Wednesday Words of Advice”) (Also I think it would be fun to have Nate as a ‘SparkFun Professor’ possibly in a SF lab coat, & Dave answering question live) (Try to offset Friday new product posts)

  • lol, i wish i could take the last….yet it probably would not serve no use for me.

  • lol, i wish i could take the last….yet it probably would not serve no use for me.

  • I’m really getting tired of not being able to attend SFE classes because I’m to far away.

    If I buy one can someone at SFE please send me the kit and something that contains what will/was covered in the class? (Tips, do’s/don'ts, ect)

    • The main benefit of the classes is hands-on instruction if you need it, but please take a look at the Assembly Guide for this and our other kits - we’re very proud of the work that has gone into these, and if you still have trouble, we’re always here to help. Education’s website will be up soon as well, which will include all the information from our classes.

  • It would be way cooler if Sparkfun offered a solder your own ttl microcontroller class!

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