Gemma LED Hoop Class

Link to the class handout

Tools:

Code:  bit.ly/fablabGemma

Battery Life:

  • Adafruit’s Hoop Earring code lasts about 7 hours
  • Other code with more colors and LEDs on at the same time will have shorter battery life.

Uploading to Gemma

IMPORTANT!

  1. if doing this at home, follow these instructions first
    1. You will need to download and install a special version of the Arduino IDE

    2. http://learn.adafruit.com/introducing-trinket/setting-up-with-arduino-ide
    3. Download and install drivers if using Windows
    4. http://learn.adafruit.com/usbtinyisp/download

  2. When uploading code to board do the following:

    1. Press the Gemma’s reset button to put it into “bootloader” mode so it will accept new code
    2. Upload your code within 10 seconds of pressing the reset button on your Gemma

Fall 2013 Classes

Make Some SPARKLE! GEMMA Jewelry Earrings or Pendant

The bitty board fits perfectly in the center of a NeoPixel ring for flashy hoop earrings or a charming pendant. Click here to see how cool it is! http://learn.adafruit.com/gemma-hoop-earrings/
Students will learn basic soldering skills! Best suited for inventors ages 13 and up.

Registration Deadline is November 15 to ensure arrival of materials.

$60 to make Earrings – Click here to register
$43 to make a pendant – Click here to register

Hack Your World: Make Some Noise

Turn almost any object into a squealing noise maker.  Drinking fountains into electronic whistles, trees into pianos, jello into buzzers. We’ll build the simple circuit from scratch and then explore the world to discover its noisy hack-a-bility. Students receive a Drawdio Kit to take home and use for other ‘hacky’ projects! Students will learn basic soldering skills! Ages: Grade 8 – Adult. Class limit of 6.

$45, Click here to register

littleBits-simple circuits

LittleBits are color-coded “Bits modules” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for children and adults to build simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds — from flickering lanterns to piggy banks to light-sensitive cars. Founded by MIT graduate and TED Senior Fellow Ayah Bdeir, littleBits wants to make learning about electronics more fun and accessible to spark the world’s next generation of inventors. Learn more: http://littlebits.com/projects.Best suited for inventors ages 8 and up. Class limit of 6.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is November 1 to ensure arrival of Kits!

$95, Click here to register

http://littlebits.com/projects/flickering-lantern

Summer MAKEcations

Sign up for one  FABLab Mahtomedi MAKEcations, time is running out!

Not taking a vacation this summer? Than take a Make-cation, one day camps, where you learn about 3D modeling and design, laser and vinyl cutters, circuits, music, and make lots of cool stuff in MHS FABLab. Camp Min. of 4, Max. of 8

REGISTER ONLINE AT http://mahtomedi.registryinsight.com scroll down to summer camps and clinics and select science, math and engineering camps.

Drawdio – We’ll be turning trees, fruit, and milkshakes into musical instruments.  You have to see it to believe it.

BarePaint – Literally draw wires with a special pen to make a robot’s eyes light up.

LittleBits – color-coded “bits” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for chil- dren and adults to build simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds

Talking Plantduino – Talk to your plants?  After this class your plant will respond with music.  I’ll show you how to make any plant respond in different ways depending on how you touch it.  It’s as close to magic as we can get.

Summer Sparkle – Make a summer hat, t-shirt, or anything else light up and flash with this cool eTextiles project.

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Talking Plantduino Class

Talk to your plants?  After this class your plant will respond with music.  I’ll show you how to make any plant respond in different ways depending on how you touch it.  It’s as close to magic as we can get.

Turn a plant (or almost anything else) into musical instrument using arduino circuit boards. Learn about capacitive touch sensing and how to make your own sensors. Grades 8 and up. Bring a lunch, we’ll provide drinks and treats.

Click Here to Register

Mon., July 9

9:00A-1:00P

MHS FABLab

$75 (price includes arduino circuit board and other supplies

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Summer Sparkle

Make a summer hat, t-shirt, (or other items of cloth- ing you bring to camp) light up! Sparkle is an avant- garde way to make interactive textiles, paper, and ceramics. They’ve made it so easy to implement that anyone can create interactive works of art. Program it directly from a web browser by holding it in front of a computer screen or phone. Connect it with con- ductive thread, conductive paint, or regular wire. The only limit is your imagination.

Click Here to Register

Thurs., July 12

12:30-3:30P

MHS FABLab

$65 (price includes sparkle fun starter kit)

http://littlebits.com/projects/flickering-lantern

littleBits- A little bit of geeky fun class!

littleBits are color-coded “bits” that snap together magnetically to make it easy for chil- dren and adults to build simple circuits and inventive projects in seconds — from flicker- ing lanterns to piggy banks to light-sensitive cars. Founded by MIT graduate and TED Senior Fellow Ayah Bdeir, littleBits wants to make learning about electronics more fun and accessible to spark the world’s next generation of inventors. Campers will each receive a Littlebit starter kit and learn how to program and make projects. Visit the web- site to learn more: http://littlebits.com/momastore.

Grades 3 and up!

Class #3338

Thurs., July 11

9:30-11:30

MHS FABLab $95 (price includes littleBit starter kit)

Image Source: http://littlebits.com/projects/flickering-lantern