Workshops

I host workshops and can host one for you. I've hosted events at libraries, schools, museums, hackerspaces, makerspaces and more. Fill out the contact form and let me know what kind of program you want.

Every program that I do is intended to share the skills it takes to make things. The 4 main maker skills I share are; fabrication, electronics, programming, and 3d modeling. There is a lot of depth to these topics. My programs are usually intended for those with no prior experience.

Arduino Sensor Workshop
This workshop covers how to use sensors with the Arduino micro-controller. We start off at the basics for those that are new. Then we work up to a complex circuit that controls a light strip, servo motor, and piezo buzzer at the same time. We then show how to connect pressure, distance and light senors to control the lights, sounds and motion.
Group size: 24 max
Ages Limits: Adults and anyone 10 and up
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Outcomes: Participants will discover how easy it is to use electronics to make their ideas into reality using free and open source tools. They will leave knowing where to find out more about creating things using Arduino. As well as become confident that they can do it.

Cardboard Pinball Machine
We build a cardboard pinball machine that connects to a computer and program in scratch how to track score and create sounds and animations. There are 3 parts to this program; building a pinball machines using cardboard, hot glue, pencil and a rubber band. Adding electronics using copper tape, and LED's. In the final stage we connect an Arduino to communicate to the computer and program using Scratch.
Group size: 20
Ages Limits: 8+
Duration: Flexible. The full program runs 3 days 2 hours each day
Outcomes: Participants will learn about fabrication, electronics, and programming. This simple project has lots of parts and will get them thinking about the many different ways they can create even if they only have cardboard.

Brush Bots
Brush bots are fun simple robots that us a vibrating motor on top of a toothbrush head and they buzz around at random.
Group size: 20
Ages Limits: 5+
Duration: 1 hour
Outcomes:  Participants will learn about basic electronics and motors. They should feel more comfortable trying new things with electronics in the future.

Paper Electronics
Using copper tape and LED's we can make simple to complex artistic projects that light up. This program appeals to a wide demographic. Some of the designs we can demo; paper airplane, bow tie / hair bow, arc reactor, and origami flower. People can also make their own designs and I've even had a participant make a shark that lit up.
Age Limits: 5+
Group Size: 30+
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Outcomes: Participants will learn about basic electronic circuits and be more comfortable with tinkering around with small LED and other electronic projects on their own.

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