Circuit Hacking Monday

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What? Where?

What: Weekly get-together to solder stuff!
When: 8:30pm till ?? -- Every Monday
Where: Noisebridge, 83C Wiese, San Francisco, 94103 (very near 16th St. BART station). Map:
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
  • using AVR / Arduino / Boarduino to make circuits easier
  • using oscilloscopes / multimeters to debug circuits
  • reverse engineering circuits
  • Designing PCBs using GEDA


Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience level. If you have never made a circuit before and have no idea where to start, bring $20 to cover materials cost for a Brain Machine kit and build it.


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?

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

I am a blank slate! What should I do?

  • 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