SparkFun Summer Semester 2014

Got an idea for a prototype but not sure exactly how to make it happen? SparkFun Electronics is offering five days of prototyping skills from schematic to breadboard to Gerber files to soldering and stenciling. Bring your ideas, half-finished designs, enthusiasm and your own lunch! (Or visit a local eatery.) This class will start with a discussion of the design process, sourcing parts and datasheets as well as how to create schematics, followed by an introduction to Arduino. The second day will cover soldering (PTH or SMD) and an introduction to Processing. On day three we will work with Eagle PCB layout software and cover more Arduino programming concepts. Day four is dedicated to GPS and wireless. On the final day, SparkFun will provide a whole day of support for independent pursuit of projects. After all, Summer Semester is all about giving you the skills you need to execute your ideas. Bring a project and pick our brains. While we can’t promise you will finish your project, we can promise that we will make sure you get exposure to a wide variety of skills and plenty of time to discuss design details with our engineers.

Materials included in this class are:

Concepts covered:

  • Napkin Schematics
  • Datasheets
  • Arduino Programming and Serial
  • Programming in Processing
  • Soldering (PTH or SMD)
  • PCB layout with Eagle
  • Wireless (Activity with Xbee)
  • GPS (Activity with EM406)

Prerequisites: 16 years of age with plenty of programming and/or electrical engineering experience. This is not an introductory class. Students are expected to have previous experience with either electrical engineer or computer programming. Introductory concepts will be covered each day, but content will escalate quickly and we will not be able to accommodate absolute beginners.

Note: Please install the Arduino software on your computer before the class. Click here for instructions on installing the Arduino software.

You’ll also need to download and install Processing, an open source programming language and environment that we’ll be using to explore interactive computing.

Also, please install CoolTerm on your computer before the class. Click here for CoolTerm download. If you are a windows user then you will also need to install X-CTU. Click here for X-CTU download. In addition, you will also need the FTDI chip driver for use with our XBee Explorer. Click here for FTDI chip driver download.

Finally, please install the Eagle Light software on your computer before the class. Click here for information on installing Eagle Light.

What to bring: A laptop is recommended if you have one. We have 20 laptops that are given out on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own lunch.

Date: June 2-6, 2014

Time: 9AM–5PM (with a one hour break for lunch)

Location: SparkFun Electronics. Please come to the front door on the southwest corner of the building. There will be a sign near the door indicating for you to ring the bell so we can let you in.

Instructors: Lindsay Craig, Nick Poole, Tyler Talmage, Mike Grusin, Michelle Shorter and others.

We will NOT accept walk-ins for this class unless you are registered. Thank you for understanding.

Note: Class registration is fully refundable until the weekday (M-F) prior to the class at 5:00pm MST. Please call to do so. If you wish to cancel after that time, or miss the workshop for any reason, we will transfer the amount you paid to SparkFun store credit, but cannot issue refunds. Thanks for your understanding!

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Class Times
  • Monday, June 2nd, 2014
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 5th, 2014
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, June 6th, 2014
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price $500.00
Slots Available 6/15

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