Are you interested in learning more about electronics? Cape Cod Makers is offering a four-week class on basic electronics on Tuesday nights at the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport.
This course will give an introduction to working with electronic circuits. No previous experience with electronics is required. Students will be taught how to think about circuits, how the basic components work and how to combine them to produce more complex designs. This class will feature short lectures covering the topics followed by hands-on time with circuits for the student to experience first-hand how the circuits work and what the effects of modifying them are. Each week will introduce progressively more advanced projects that build upon concepts learned in the earlier lessons.
Topics will include:
- Passive components (resistors, capacitors, inductors)Basic semiconductor usage (diodes and transistors)
- Basic semiconductor usage (diodes and transistors)Operational amplifiers and how to use feedback in circuits.
- Operational amplifiers and how to use feedback in circuits.Using more complex integrated circuits in designs
- Using more complex integrated circuits in designs
Sam Fladung is an electrical engineer at Teledyne Marine Systems in East Falmouth. He has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. Sam ran the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team (cuauv.org) and has over 10 years of experience using various microcontroller platforms both as a hobbyist and professionally.
Dates: Tuesday November 4th, 11th, 18th and December 2nd
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport
Class Size: Limited to 10 people.
Fee: $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Supplies are included.
Please sign up on Eventbrite.
Do you have an idea for a media project? If you live in the Mid-Cape area, you should check out the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport, which we think is one of the best-kept secrets on the Cape. Serving five towns in the mid-Cape area, the Center offers classes, studio space, and access to state-of-the-art digital media tools and software.
Some members of Cape Cod Makers have been participating in a video production class at the Media Center in which they have learned to use high-definition camcorders and wireless microphones. They have also learned post-production skills, editing their videos using Adobe Premier Pro. Several participants are looking forward using their new skills to create content highlighting talented and creative makers here on the Cape.
Also, we are very fortunate to now have the Cape Cod Community Media Center as our regular meetup location. The next meetup will be on Wednesday, October 22nd. Bring your Halloween projects!
September and October have been busy months for Cape Cod Makers. First, on September 20th and 21st, members traveled to New York City to exhibit at the World Maker Faire. This is the second largest Maker Faire in the world, and with this year’s estimated attendance at 700 makers and 80,000 attendees, it was, in a word, awesome! Cape Cod Makers exhibited many of their projects and even won an award for “Best in Class” for the hands-on card cube exhibit. Fun for all ages!
MIT held their first Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, October 4th. One of the Faire organizers was Charles Guan, who, with his students, exhibited their Power Wheels cars at the Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire earlier this year. We saw battling robots (the spinning sawblades were a nice touch), 3D printing demonstrations, handmade musical instruments and jewelry, cosplay, a Tesla coil piano, solar cars, a full-size sculpture of the Iron Man suit. Attendance was estimated to be about 3000 people, so congratulations for a job well-done!
If you have no plans for today, the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire will be held from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. today (October 11) in downtown Providence.
Maker Faires are a great way to meet people who are excited about sharing their projects and to learn something new. The first Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire was a big success, and we’ve already started looking ahead to 2015. We’d love to have your involvement, as an exhibitor, volunteer, or even just by spreading the word! We’ll keep you posted!