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Maui Makers Arduino Workshop May 9 2014

Maui Makers Arduino Workshop May 9 2014

Dream it, Make it

Every Friday at 6 PM at UHMC Ka’a’ike Bldg. Rm 217,  Starts May 9

At the workshop you will have access to Arduinos, breadboards, computers, basic parts, sensors, motors, as well as test and measurement equipment.

If you are thinking of attending, please fill out this survey: Calling all Maui Makers (Free Stuff).

The meeting will be a guided workshop, not formal teaching.  I expect a group of diverse skills and knowledge.  For the moment I’m not setting age limits, but ask attendees to use common sense.  At the workshop you will be working with small parts, electricity and computers.  Depending on you level of dexterity and skill you may: choke if you swallow the small parts, set something on fire if you wire it incorrectly, find the attention to detail tedious.

Agenda:

–Talk Story: why are you here?

–Brainstorming: ideas for group projects

–Break out groups:

Newbies:  This group is for those that are new to programming, electronics, or Arduinos.  Only requirement is a pulse, a reasonable level of maturity and a willingness to learn.  You will be guided by others in the basics of setting it up and making it to do something simple.

Control Freaks:  This group is for those that have enough experience to set up the Arduino on their own, and want to build circuits that demonstrate various aspects of how the Arduino functions.  This group is also a good place for those that already know what they want to build and need access to boards, parts and tools.

Just do it:  This is for the group that is itching to make something.  They will be formed during the Brainstorming session.  This being an Arduino workshop, it really should require a micro controller.  Some ideas I have gathered from the Survey Monkey and one-on-ones: spaceships, virtual reality, CNC, GPS, smart home, irrigation control, aquaponics, haunted house, interactive edutainment, chicken counter–you can add yours by clicking here: Calling all Maui Makers (Free Stuff).  It is likely that this will require skills and creativity beyond setting up the Arduino program and circuit, so is a good beginner group for those who want to understand what Arduinos might be good for, but aren’t ready to get into the details.  That being said, the group will eventually need someone to build the circuit and program the device.

About Laura

I started exploring Arduinos last year and I'm hooked.  I think it has tremendous potential for anyone with the motivation to make their ideas into a reality.  The industrial age decimated the livelihood of artisans and craftsmen/women--they couldn't compete with the factories.  I think we're on the brink of another revolution, this time it's favoring artisans and makers.  Makers will be on top again.  They will take manufacturing back into the community and develop tailored products that meet your needs.  Maui attracts some of the most creative people on the planet, let's lead the revolution.

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