One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:
Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through workshops, collaborative projects, and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.
Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups
How to Make an LED Cloud
Got your head up in the clouds trying to figure out what you're going to make for your next Arduino project?
As part of Freeside's new regular programming series on Arduino-powered projects, this class is focused on creating LED-powered animated clouds with an Arduino nano and Neopixel strips. If you've ever been to Freeside, then you've seen our wall collection of fluffy colored clouds and now this is your chance to make one and keep it. Some Arduino programming + IDE experience is encouraged, but not required to take this class - beginners are welcome! This class will cover the basics of electronics and Arduino programming, so you can create your own custom cloud and light show - and of course, you get to keep your cloud!
+ How to install Arduino software and libraries
+ Soldering basics
+ How to build the cloud structure
+ Basics of LED strips
+ How to customize the code used for the LEDs
This class costs $50 per attendee, and all the material costs for the cloud are included in this price. Questions? Send an email to AC@freesideatlanta.org for more information.
Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA
Monday, October 23 at 7:00 PM
Price: 50.00 USD
Hackerspace Open House
Freeside Atlanta is a Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a space for engineers, programmers, inventors, artists, and lunatics to collaborate. We host this meeting a couple of times a month on Tuesday so that people can check out the space, chat with members of the organization, and get together to plan projects, events, and classes.
We'll do a quick meeting to introduce everyone, we'll update folks on the progress of projects and equipment in the space, announce classes and events, and occationally feature a 10-20 minute talk by a guest lecturer on an interesting subject. Afterwards, we'll break out into a more informal open house so people can chat, get tours of the space, and check out the cool stuff around the space.
You can get the gate code using this form: http://goo.gl/we3eWP...
You can also get a preview of our space by checking out our photo tour page on Meetup.
The Space is in the Metropolitan Warehouse complex on Metropolitan Pkwy near Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, and you can do one of two things to get to it after entering the gates of the complex -
1 - Take a right after entering the gate, then your first left, which is the back side of the complex
2 - To get to the front door, take the first right shown on the map. To get to the auto bay doors, take the second right shown and drive around to the back side of the complex.
Overview of the warehouse complex directions found on our wiki.
Street View of the front entrance.
If you need any help or have a question, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA
Tuesday, October 24 at 7:30 PM
Introduction to Arduino
Arduinos are small, easy-to-use, inexpensive devices used to make gizmos, art, and your custom devices interact with the world. They are widely used by artists, scientists, and hobbyists, like you! This workshop will:
- introduce you to Arduino,
- walk you through initial or early use of an Arduino,
- explain to you basic use of the Arduino board and related software,
- discuss ways in which people like you are using Arduinos, and
- provide information about next steps and sources of support.
Are you interested in making electronic gizmos and gadgets? This workshop will show you how to use an Arduino to do just that! You will learn the solid basics of using sensors to notice changes in the environment, design program logic to make decisions, and send signals to act on the environment.
- You will get an Interactive Development Environment (IDE) running on your laptop, to use in programming your Arduino!
- You will make LED's blink as you wish!
- You will make a buzzer buzz, under your control!
- You will use a switch as a sensor!
- You will edit, debug, and run programs for your Arduino, including using control logic!
The workshop takes about 3 hours.
The class fee is $45. During the class, we will use parts from a starter kit that is an excellent value, containing: an Arduino UNO board, a solderless breadboard, and a great variety of components, including LEDs, buzzers, displays, and related components.
If you want, you can purchase the kit at our cost, and take your gizmo home, and continue your adventures!
IMPORTANT AND REQUIRED :: A laptop computer with WiFi is required for this meetup, since the IDE must be downloaded and installed. We will do this during the meetup. Or, if you install your IDE on your laptop before the workshop, you will win a Snickers. You can do this even before you have an Arduino board.
Previous Students Have Said This About Instructor Jud Taylor:
"Fantastic introductory class! It definitely helped me get a good understanding of the Arduino." -- Charlie Skinner
"This was a good class! Moved along at an easy pace and gave solid background info, too!" -- KnowWhere LLC
"Very helpful introduction to the world of arduino! Great choice of kit to go with the class. Thank you, Jud!" -- Matthew Read
"Great way to dip your toes into the Arduino world and practice the basics of its many application potentials." -- Streetcat
"Knowledgeable and patient instructor. Well-paced class." -- Erin
Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA
Wednesday, October 25 at 7:00 PM
Price: 45.00 USD