Circuit Hacking Monday

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What? Where?

What: Weekly get-together to solder stuff!
When: 8:30pm till ?? -- Every Monday
Where: Noisebridge, 2169 Mission St., San Francisco, 94114 (at 18th St., near 16th St. BART station). Map: Getting_Here_(2169)
Who: You! Anyone can learn this fun and useful skill.
Cost: Instruction is free! We ask that people pay only for the cost of the parts used -- kit prices range from $7 to $30.

Happy hardware hackers at Circuit Hacking Mondays

Learn to solder! Mitch will bring kits to make cool, practical, intriguing, hackable things that you can bring home after you make it. Of course, you can also bring your own projects to hack.

Kits include: TV-B-Gone remote controls, Trippy RGB Waves, Brain Machines, Mignonette Games, MiniPOV3, Arduino, . . . More info on many of these projects is on Mitch's website (click on the "maker faire" tab).

Anyone can learn to solder! Even if you have never made anything in your life, you can learn this very useful and enjoyable skill. It really is fun! Mitch has taught thousands of people to solder all around the world, and he can teach you, too! Add yourself to the ever increasing community!


As interest warrants:

  • soldering (everything from through-hole to SMD rework)
  • breadboarding
  • powering your circuit (bench power supplies, ATX hacking, batteries)
  • making LEDs blink and fade
  • programming microcontrollers
  • using AVR / Arduino / Boarduino to make circuits easier
  • using oscilloscopes / multimeters to debug circuits
  • reverse engineering circuits
  • Designing PCBs using GEDA and EagleCAD


Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience level or age. If you have never made a circuit before and have no idea where to start, bring a few dollars ($7 to $25 to cover materials costs of a Brain Machine kit or other cool kits) and build it. Everyone gets personal attention, and everyone will learn enough to complete their project. If you have experience, please come and enjoy working on your project with others -- and share what you know!


Learn and share with others of all skill levels! You can come with an idea, or a question, or a circuit you want to hack. You can research ideas on the Internet ahead of time and come put them into practice! Or, you can learn with a large selection of easy-to-make kits that are available each week.

What can I bring to help?

  • no need to bring anything -- just yourself and your desire to play, learn, and/or share.

But if you lke, you can bring:

  • multimeters (we have just 2 at 83c)
  • Arduino / clones
  • USB - serial dongle for your Arduino
  • breadboards
  • 9V batteries (a bulk donation would be great)
  • parts for your own project(s)

I am a blank slate! What should I do?

  • make one of the many easy kits that are available each week.
  • make an Arduino fade an RGB LED in varying color patterns.
  • make an Arduino illuminate a 3x3 LED matrix in varying shapes.
  • build an IR -> visible LED transducer and reverse-engineer the Picco-Z Microhelicopter remote control
  • reverse engineer the LED sign circuitry donated by ACCRC
  • build a test circuit for one of our RepRap boards

Previous Workshops