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Description: Get ready for SparkFun's next semester! We're changing things up a bit this year. The SparkFun summer semester will take place on 4 consecutive days from 9 to 4ish with a lunch break when we get hungry. If you've got the urge to learn about physical computing from some experienced engineers, this is your chance. This year's course will cover Napkin Schematics (Developing your Ideas), beginner to intermediate Eagle schematic and PCB capturing, SMD soldering, an introduction to Arduino and an introduction to Wireless technologies. This class is ideal for software people, young people, old people, really anyone who wants to learn about how to make an LED blink, and then make something fun.
We will be streaming as much of the classes as we can online, but the live courses are always of higher quality and offer an excellent opportunity for interacting with engineers.
Individual Class Descriptions:
Day 1 - Napkin Schematics and Eagle Introduction
Day 2 - Eagle Layouts and SMD Soldering
Day 3 - Arduino Programming and Intermediate Eagle Techniques
Day 4 - A review of wireless systems for physical computing in the morning followed by 'free' time for the students to develop their own projects.
Prerequisites: None! No previous knowledge required.
What to Bring: A laptop will be needed for the Arduino and Eagle classes. It is recommended to download and install both Arduino and Eagle before arriving. Please bring note taking materials. Hand outs will be provided for many of the classes.
What You'll Get: Besides an excellent introduction to the world of physical computing you'll receive a class binder filled with reference material that you learn in class, an Arduino Inventors Kit, a Simon SMD Soldering Kit and a flash drive with all the files and programs used in class.
Date: July 12th - 15th, 2010
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm; 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Instructors: Nathan, Ryan, Matt and Abe