Halloween Mechatronics with Microcontrollers: October 24, 2013

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Have you ever wanted to bring life to your Halloween costumes or decorations? This class will teach you the basics of how to add motion, lights and sound to your Halloween creations. The class will teach you different ways of detect people or objects as they approach to trigger your spooky fun. You will also learn how to control motors or servos to have objects move on command, how to create sound effects and control lighting.

This class will focus on the technical challenges and will leave the creative applications to the students’ imaginations. The class will begin with a short-moderate length lecture covering the different devices and how they work and then transition to a hands on session where the students can experiment to make their own implementation and seek advice from the instructor and others with experience.

There will be a recommended equipment list provided on the meetup site prior to the class containing the recommended microcontroller and accessory boards. Students will be encouraged to share or work in groups during the hands on portion, so sharing of equipment will definitely be possible.

This class will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the CCCC Hyannis Center.

Please RSVP in advance on Meetup.com, as space is limited

Instructor Bio:

Sam Fladung has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. He works as an electrical / systems engineer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bioacoustics research Program designing marine bioacoustic monitoring systems. While an undergraduate at Cornell, Sam ran the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Team (cuauv.org). Sam has over 10 years of experience using various microcontroller platforms both as a hobbyist and professionally.

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