Hiver Jack Zylkin designed an adorable blinky odometer, and we’ve been teaching 8-14 year olds at the NBW summer camp how to build and solder them. We’ve had a blast, and maybe even inspired a few mad scientists and junior engineers. Many thanks to Cat, Alison, Joe, Brandon, Mustafa, and all the great coordinators and students at NBW.
If you’re interested in this fun and very basic electronics project, let us know. We might be persuaded to run a class. And if you’re feeling generous and want to support more programs like this, feel free to make a donation and note that you’d like it to go to youth education, bikes, rehabilitation of troubled robots, etc.
Originally designed to be a book study group, our introductory offering on the subject has morphed into quite the full-fledged intro course! Thanks to our resident gurus, the curious world of electronics has begun to unfold for some of Philadelphia’s creative minds. As a starting point, our students have learned about the relationships between charge, voltage, current, and power. We’ve since moved on to more complex topics and hope to finish out with learning about creating sensors!
So, if you’ve got some pictures of the space, or the the folks here at Hive76, and would like to share them with us, take a minute to hop on Flickr and join the group!
Hope to see you at our next [ open_house || class || event ] !
Disclaimer: These particular photos were taken with my phone, so please excuse the graininess for now. I’ll be sure to improve their quality with a better camera in the coming sessions.
“You can build most any damn thing if you understand a few basic electronics concepts and follow a few basic rules”
“Teh Art of Electronics” (sic,TM) is about teaching you those concepts and rules. Each class will present basic electronics material and conclude with a lab period where you’ll build actual, working devices in order to learn practical fabrication and debugging skills, while reinforcing your intuitive understanding of the course material.
The course will be based loosely on MIT’s “Practical Electronics” course. By the end, you should be able to design and build your own circuits (up to a surprising level of complexity) and the world of electronic design will be substantially demystified.
We recommend that you purchase a copy of “The Art of Electronics”, by Horowitz and Hill, but it’s not mandatory. We’ll furnish all components, reading materials, tutelage etc. that you need to perform the coursework and the corresponding labs.
We are currently planning five Sunday sessions, 1 PM to 4 PM, starting April 4. See “Intro to Electronics” in the Hive 76 Calendar for preliminary, session-by-session details on course content.