Join us for a series of three beginner Arduino classes! Participants in this series of three classes will leave with an Arduino Uno starter kit, knowledge of basic electronic principles & components, and a simple, working circuit of their own design. All classes will be held on Saturdays at 1:00-4:00 pm. Please sign up for each session separately.
Sign up for Part 1, held on Saturday, February 13. In this class, you’ll learn some basic electronics, have an introduction to Arduino, do some hands on with breadboarding circuits using each kit component individually, start thinking about your circuit design, and obtain your Arduino Starter Kit.
Sign up for Part 2, held on Saturday, February 20. We’ll do a brief recap and then students will build a circuit that uses combinations of components. You’ll also present personal circuit ideas and and get feedback for your idea while providing other students with input on their ideas.
Sign up for Part 3, held on Saturday, February 27. We’ll again do a recap, then you’ll work on your personal circuits with the help of the instructor. We’ll wrap up by providing future learning material resources and contact info.
Your instructor for this series of classes is Mike Thomas, an RIT grad and Electrical Engineer who is currently working as a hardware design engineer for Bosch Security Systems.
On Saturday, December 5, grown-ups had a chance to get in on the holiday fun with a class on art egg ornament making!
A very elegant and festive expression of creativity for the holiday season!
The stained glass meetup is going strong, as evidenced by all these people hard at work! Perhaps we’ll get to see some finished projects on display at this week’s Third Friday art show!
On December 4, the Makerspace hosted a field trip for uhome schooled students in grades 2-12! No one was bored!
We’re inviting anyone who knows how to work with stained glass or who would like to learn to come to the Makerspace on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9 PM. This is part of our weekly Community night and it’s free, although we wouldn’t mind if you put a few dollars in the donation can to help pay for grinding wheels and other consumables. You can stop in anytime and stay as long as you’d like up until 9:30.
Because of the generosity of Chris Manos, Patty Utarro and others we have enough tools and grinders for at least 8 to 10 people, and enough supplies so that beginners can get started without having to buy anything.
Mary Roll has been teaching beginners. She recently learned from Chris and is not very experienced, but she’s been getting lots of compliments about her teaching abilities and her students have been going home with completed projects, sometimes on the first night. Of course, everybody helps others when they can. We would like to find some more instructors to make certain we have someone every week in case Mary can’t make it and to teach advanced skills.
This stained glass group is part of effort to get more art and craft activities going in the Makerspace. We have lots of space and you’re welcome to bring in art or craft projects to work on. You can also use sewing machines, Cricut, our easel and all the other tools we have except for the woodworking and machine shops.
Did you know that Mathworks very generously donated about $10,000 worth of Matlab and Simulink software licenses to us? The software is currently only installed on the PC near the electronics bench. It will also be installed on the PCs that RIT donated to us. Those computer are not quite ready to use because we need to install Windows 7 on them and improve our computer network.
The following free webinars are taught by Mathworks:
Wednesday, November 12, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. U.S. EST
Explore the basic concepts of geodesy and examine the assumptions inherent in specifying position. If you currently work with position data, learn how MATLAB and Mapping Toolbox simplify geographic calculations with precision and robustness.
Thursday, November 13, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. U.S. EST
Face recognition is the process of identifying people in images or videos by comparing the appearance of faces in captured imagery to a database. Discover how to use computer vision and machine learning techniques to recognize faces in images and video.
Tuesday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. U.S. EST
Thermal sensing is a rapidly growing area of imaging technology. Combining FLIR infrared and other cameras with MATLAB provides you with a flexible environment to explore algorithms for multi-sensor systems.
Wednesday, November 19
9:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. U.S. EST
Displays are experiencing explosive growth in functionality and complexity across industries. To stay competitive, you need to develop and deploy designs with increasingly short timelines. Learn how you can apply Model-Based Design for developing, testing and deploying displays software.
We taught a sold-out soldering class today. Three of the students were young women from one of the Penfield School District’s FIRST Robotic teams. The girls seemed to have fun and they did great. Their parents and the adults in the class also thought we did a good job teaching it.
They assembled an electronics kit that came with a nice soldering iron, a set of wire cutters, and some other supplies that they could keep. The kit we used also them some basic electronics.
We will be offering this soldering class again and we may offer one just for kids
The start of a basket making class at the Rochester Makerspace
Deborah taught a free basket making class at the makerspace on Saturday, March 22. She’s very talented and a great teacher. She has organized many events for the Rochester Artists & Crafters Meetup Group and now she’s volunteered to teach classes at the Rochester Makerspace and to help us find more instructors.
Some of the finished baskets