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  • AVR workshop on October 18th and 25th from 6:30pm until 8:30pm

You, programming a microprocessor? Yes, my friend. We’ll show you the basics of programming using the AVR ATMega8 microprocessor in this painless, tears-free workshop. Not only that, but you will gain experience “breadboarding” - building prototype circuits. You will upload your program to the microprocessors to tell it what to do – the first step in harnessing the power of this pervasive technology. Course is 4 hours long spread over two days Learn how to program Amtel's AVR microprocessors Attendees will breadboard small circuits and program an AVR to control them Circuits will involve controlling devices including pulse width modulation and handling inputs including pull-up resistors. Although programming experience will be helpful, it is not required for this course. Basic electronic knowledge also helpful but not required. This is a more advanced version of the Arduino course held in August. Many of the same subjects will be covered at a much lower level. Course material can be found at AVR_Class Advance registration required and seats are limited Cost is $20 for the entire course Email contact at bloominglabs dot org to register or for more information


  • OpenHouse July 23rd from 10am-4pm at the new space! 3927 W. Roll Avenue. Tell your friends! See you there!

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  • Getting Started with the Arduino
    • When: August 23rd, 2011 from 6:30pm until 8:30pm
    • Where: Bloominglabs
    • Cost: $20
    • The class are limited to six people so signup early!
    • Who should attend: People who want to learn how to get started using the arduino board. Attendees will learn
      • How to get the arduino software
      • Where to order a board
      • How to connect the board to the computer
      • How to connect LEDs to the board
      • The very basics of programming to write a small program to flash the LEDs.
    • The class attendees will be using a computer so basic knowledge of Windows and typing skills would be required. Kids are welcome but under 15 need to be accompanied by a parent.
    • Attendees are not required to bring anything and will leave with a hand out of material of the class.
    • Contact jsissom (at) bloominglabs (dot) org with questions or to reserve a space
    • This course is a good introductory course to how to use a microprocessor to people who have little programming or computer experience.
  • Wonderlab BugBot Workshop
    • Aug 13th, 2011 1-3pm
    • Contact Wonderlabs to register
  • Getting Started with the Arduino
    • When: July 23rd, 2011 during our Open House
    • One class will be 11am to noon and one class will be 2pm - 3pm.
    • Classes are limited to six people each. These are first come, first serve and there will be a sign up sheet in the space on the day of the open house. Make sure to get there early to get a seat in the class.
    • Who should attend: People who want to learn how to get started using the arduino board. Attendees will learn
      • How to get the arduino software
      • Where to order a board
      • How to connect the board to the computer
      • How to connect LEDs to the board
      • The very basics of programming to write a small program to flash the LEDs.
    • The class attendees will be using a computer so basic knowledge of Windows and typing skills would be required. Kids are welcome but they should be at least 10 years old.
    • Attendees are not required to bring anything and will leave with a hand out of material of the class.
    • Questions? Contact jsissom@bloominglabs.org
  • 4th of July parade float
    • Suggestions:
      • Air cannons: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/00000076
      • Build some kinda of twinkie launching device.
      • Build a ride-able beetlebot. Jenett has 2 large DC motors that would easily move a person. Dosman found an electric wheelchair that will serve as the motors and chassis! A charger has been acquired and it works. Joe suggests we steer by grabbing the antennas.
      • Build an IR LED wall that can only be view with cameras
      • Build a strandbeest: http://www.strandbeest.com/
      • Marching band of hacked instruments
      • Float of some kind
      • Nathan's truck with the Bloominglabs banners down the side

Participate in the discussion and contribute your ideas at the 4th Of July Project page.

  • February 16 from 6pm to 11:00pm
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    • Contact Microphone Building Workshop with the DeKalb Hackerspace CMKT4
    • CMKT4 will show you how to solder up a piezo-electric pickup and house it sturdily in a recycled bottle-cap housing.
    • CMKT4's band will be performing after the workshop
    • The workshop is $15 but interested onlookers are welcome for free
    • The event will be held at 1021 South Walnut Street behind Russian Recording
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