Circuit Hacking Monday
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Circuit Hacking Mondays is a (mostly) weekly get-together to learn electronics and learn to solder cool stuff!
Organization We have split CHM into three sections, each runs approximately monthly. There will always be circuit hacking on Mondays, but volunteer instructors might be specializing as below or taking the week off. Come anyway :)
1. Learn to Solder Monday: is a monthly get-together to learn to solder electronics. You can easily learn all of the skills you need in one session. Come make a project tonight, and take it home with you! We have great kits suitable for beginners, as well as all the soldering irons and tools needed to build them. Experienced volunteers are on hand to show you the basics and help out. We ask a $10-20 donation to cover kit costs. We also have more advanced kits for those with more experience. If you have your own project (advanced or simple), bring it by, and if you would like help, you can get it. Every second Monday Meetup: Learn to Solder Monday
2. Microcontroller Monday: Learn to program microcontrollers with Arduino or Circuit Python. This is a monthly get-together to learn about microcontrollers and how to program them. You can get started with a microcontroller project in one session and take it home with you! We have Arduino and Circuit Python microcontrollers, and a big selection of sensors and peripherals like Neopixel color LEDs. Though any programming experience will help, this is suitable for beginners. If you have used an Arduino and are looking for next steps or cool projects, we can help, come share what you know. If you are currently working on a project, bring it by for inspiration and tips. We have parts, cables, and microcontroller boards for you at cost; you will need a laptop with a USB-A port or adapter. We ask $15-40 donation to cover parts and materials unless you bring your own. We also have soldering and test equipment and can help you debug that stubborn problem :) Every 3rd Monday of the month Meetup: Microcontroller Monday
3. Circuit Hacking Monday: is a free-form get-together to work on electronics projects together. Come and learn to solder, or program microcontrollers with Arduino or Circuit Python. If you are working on a project, come work with others and share what you know. We have soldering kits, tons of parts and supplies, test equipment, and knowledgeable volunteers. Every 4th Monday of the month Meetup: Circuit Hacking Monday
What: Weekly get-together to solder cool stuff!
- You can easily learn all of the skills you need in one session.
- Make a project tonight, and take it home with you!
- If you have your own project (advanced or simple),
- bring it by, and if you would like help, you can get it!
When: 7:00pm till whenever -- most Mondays.
- Most projects take about an hour
Where: Noisebridge, 272 Capp St., San Francisco, 94114 (at 18th St., near 16th St. BART station).
- Map: Getting_Here
Who: You! It is fun to make things in the friendly community of Noisebridge.
- Come join us. Everyone is welcome.
Cost: Instruction is free! We ask that people pay only for the cost of the parts used -- kit prices range from FREE to $35. For more information see the list below for current kits
- volunteers who love soldering
Everyone can learn about electronics and how to solder by making a simple, fun badge that has a blinky light and a flashlight -- and you can wear it home afterwards.
Learn to solder! Friendly Circuit Hacking Monday volunteers will bring kits for you to make and take home with you. The kits are cool, practical, intriguing, hackable projects that you can bring home after you make it. Of course, you can also bring your own projects to hack. Plenty of cool kits have historically been available but most of these are not currently in stock, including:
- Alpenglow Industries Cool kits from Alpenglow Industries)
- I-Can-Solder Badge kit perfect starter kit from User:maltman23)
- ArduTouch music synthesizer Make beautiful music, sound, and noise!)
- And more.
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 a microcontroller illuminate a 3x3 LED matrix in varying shapes.
- reverse engineer something you're curious about.
- come to Noisebridge and brainstorm!
Learn More About Electronics and Circuits
All About Circuits
Soldering Is Easy
Surface Mount Soldering
How to Solder
Learn more on CHM kits on YouTube
J's Circuit Hacking Mondays Video Playlist
Introduction to Electronics Text: This is going deep to the rabbit hole
Electronic Applications Text: By now you are already taking the "Red Pill"
Stuff needed to run Circuit Hacking Monday
Electronics Medium Size Box
- soldering irons
- soldering iron stands
- cellulose sponges (cut small, and made wet with tap water)
- small wire snippers
- solder: 60/40 (Sn/Pb), rosin core, 0.031" or smaller diameter
- wire strippers
- soldering iron tip cleaner
- needle nose pliers
- solderless breadboards
- jumper wires
- Noisebridge stickers
If you have any kits to donate that you think would be great, please bring them by!
More info on many of these projects:
http://www.CornfieldElectronics.com (click on the "maker faire" tab)
- Trippy RGB Waves (interactive blinky lights!)
- "Hello My Name Is" badge (you may have seen me wearing mine)
- Atari Punk Console (make cool noise from an Altoids tin!)
- LoL Shield (Lots of LEDs! for your Arduino!) Arduino required
- TV-B-Gone (turn off TVs in public places!)
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! Volunteers at Noisebridge have taught tens of thousands of people to solder all around the world, and they can teach you, too! Add yourself to the ever increasing community!
As interest warrants:
- soldering (everything from through-hole to SMD rework)
- powering your circuit (bench power supplies, ATX hacking, batteries)
- making LEDs blink and fade
- programming microcontrollers
- Programming microcontrollers using Arduino or Circuit Python
- Interfacing sensors like microphones or accelerometers or ultrasonic distance sensors
- Controlling addressable LEDs ("Neopixels")
- 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 ($10 to $30 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. We have everything you need. But if you like, you can bring:
- Your own tools (we have all you need, but you can bring your own)
- Arduino / clones
- USB cables
- If you bring your laptop, we can set it up to program microcontrollers
- 9V or AA or AAA or other batteries (a bulk donation would be great)
- parts for your own project(s)