Costume Hacking Part II - Introduction to Microcontrollers w/ ProtoSnap - LilyPad Development Simple

Join us in a three part series created to help you get started with e-textiles for your costumes. Learn how to work with conductive thread and the LilyPad Arduino to add light and sound effects to your clothing. The sessions are designed to be taken in order and are suitable for the complete beginner, with optional drop ins in sessions 2 or 3 for those who are familiar with e-textiles but want to learn more about LilyPad or more intermediate techniques. The last session of the series is designed to be a work session - bring in your project and get a crafty head start on your Halloween costume with tips and tricks from the Sparkfun team.

Materials included in this class are:

Concepts covered: Building on the skills covered in Session 1, we will discuss moving into programming microcontrollers using the LilyPad Simple Board and the Arduino IDE. An overview of basic programming and uploading example code onto the LilyPad Simple Board will be covered. Then learn some tips for planning out a circuit before sewing into your project. Please bring a sketchbook for brainstorming costume ideas or a costume you would like to incorporate your electronics into for the planning portion of the class. Sewing the components into a project is optional during this session, as Session 3 will be a project day and will use the hardware provided during this workshop.

Prerequisites: Student must be familiar with sewing circuits or have attended Session 1 of the series. Students should be comfortable with connecting LilyPad components together using conductive thread. Experience programming is helpful, but not required. Ages 8 and up or experience with handsewing.

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

What to bring: Students are encouraged to bring their personal laptops for the programming portion of the class if they desire, computers will be provided in the classroom. If you have a costume that you want to enhance with electronics bring it along! Sketchbook.

Date: September 13, 2014

Time: 2PM-5PM

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: Angela Sheehan and TBA

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!


Class Time
  • Saturday, September 13th, 2014
  • 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Price $70.00
Slots Available 19/20

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