We run public workshops on a variety of subjects including soldering, electronics, Arduinos, Raspberry Pis and digital audio.
We announce all upcoming workshops via our mailing list – you can subscribe to it by entering your email address in the box on the right to stay up-to-date with all workshop announcements. Or, you can sign up to receive announcements about specific workshops.
There are details about our previous workshops below, but if you would like to learn a specific skill related to engineering, design, electronics, or any other craft, please let us know - we can often create a workshop to fit your needs, if there is sufficient demand!
Soldering is Easy!
Soldering is an extremely useful skill, and one that’s much easier than folk typically think. With our easy to assemble Drawdio synthesiser pencil kit, we’ll take you through the various techniques you’ll need to be a dab hand with a soldering iron and multimeter.
Introduction to Electronics
Learn about how switches, LEDs, transistors, capacitors, resistors, and – most importantly – sensors fit together to make interesting and useful things. You’ll also learn how a breadboard works, how to use a multimeter, some tips on soldering, and everything else you need to start building your own inventions!
Introduction to Arduino
Arduino is an excellent and highly popular microprocessor development system that allows engineers, interactive artists, and tinkerers to create systems to interact with and manipulate the physical world. This course will teach you the basic skills you’ll need to get to work with this incredibly useful system – basic coding, core electronics prototyping, and – most importantly – ideas for future projects.
Arduino Coding with Protosnap
The Protosnap version of the Arduino provides an excellent platform to learn the coding skills you’ll need, without needed to break out the soldering iron. When you’re ready to start moving on to more detailed electronics projects, all you need to do is snap off the components, solder on some leads, and away you go!
MIDI for Arduino
Ever wanted to create your own musical instrument but don’t know where to start? During this workshop you’ll learn how to program an Arduino to understand MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) messages and create a device which can send data to “play” a midi synth, as well as receive data from a midi instrument to make music! At the end, you’ll have your own, personalised MIDI input device that will work with any MIDI compatible software or hardware.
Mmmm Pi! Get Your Raspberry Pi Talking To The World
The Raspberry Pi has been hailed as the next big thing in so many ways – programming in schools, hobby robotics, even taking photos from the edge of space! But just how do you get it talking to the world around it? This workshop will take you through getting your Pi connected to a whole manner of electronics: temperature sensors, motor controllers, light detectors – and then report all this info out to Twitter & its own wee website!
Make Your Own PCBs
Do you mess about with electronics projects? If so, you need to be making your own printed circuit boards – in short, homebrew PCBs! In this workshop, we’ll take you from circuit schematics to laying out your PCB and printing, transferring, and etching your designs onto copper board.
EagleCAD is a freeware electronics circuit board design package, used by many hobbyists and professionals to create PCB layouts for their projects and products. This workshop will run you through the basics of EagleCAD, translating a simple schematic into the software’s Schema Editor and then laying out the PCB tracks using its Board Layout tool.
Guitar Stomp Box Making Workshop – next workshop Saturday 20th July 2013
Build your own Fuzz Face style distortion pedal! This workshop looks at basic electronics principles and de-mystifies how the electric guitar works: working from the classic Fuzz Face design, you’ll be able to blend different capacitors and resistors in your circuit to create your own, unique, personal sound and tone. Help will be on hand to make and customise your own enclosure and we’ll be there to offer advice on electronic instruments in general.