Electronic Technology On the Menu

Here’s an idea to keep techy hands busy: A new series of electronic technology classes to get you on your way to hardware mastery!

Instructor Doug Weiss has over 20 years of teaching experience in electronic technology. His series will build skills progressively. Students start with circuit building and soldering and moving on to microcontrollers.

The programs are held at the Adult Activity Center on select Tuesday evenings this fall. Students ages 14+ are welcome to attend.


Circuit Building

Level 1 explains the ABCs behind simple electrical circuits. By the end of the class, each student will have built a working circuit.

In Level 2, Use a solderless breadboard to build a more complicated circuit. By the end of class, each student will have used this tool to build a circuit with multiple components.


Soldering Skills

In Level 1, learn to make reliable solder joints. Assemble and solder together a premade electronics hobby kit.

In Level 2,  learn how to build a customized circuit board. In this class, the student will be given a schematic and they will use their soldering skills to build a working circuit without the use of a hobby kit.


Arduino for the Hobbyist

The program focuses on Arduino, an open source, computer hardware and software company, project, and user community that makes digital devices that can sense and control objects in the physical world.

You don’t have to be a master programmer to use this amazing microcontroller. In the Level 1 class you will learn to download the necessary software to program the Arduino, open and modify an application from the device library and connect some simple “real world” hardware to the controller.

In Level 2, we’ll continue exploring software and hardware Arduino  applications. A thermistor temperature sensor will be introduced as an analog input device to control a cooling fan based on the room’s temperature.