Have you ever wanted to design your own electronics and printed circuit board? This new workshop at Make717 will teach you! By the end of the workshop you will have your very own circuit board that you designed and assembled. This is a multi-week workshop for electronics schematic and printed circuit board design. Each participant will design their own PCB badge, based on their own unique ideas. One or two of the designs will be chosen as next year's Make717 badge at the Lancaster Science Factory Science is Amazing! festival. During the Science is Amazing Festival hundreds of children and adults will learn about soldering. Each participant gets to take home their own badge. This year the badge could be designed by you. No prior electronics experience is necessary! Here are some examples of PCB badges from previous years.
I don't know anything about electronics. Is this workshop for me? - Yes! We will teach you everything you need to know and help you bring your vision to life.
I have more questions. Who do I ask? - Contact Bill Eckman at email@example.com. Bill will be leading the workshop. If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to ask.
What is the cost? The only cost, outside of the registration fee, will be what it costs to have your circuit board manufactured and the cost of parts. The average cost of a typical design is $50 for three boards. You will make this purchase after you design your board.
Does the software cost anything? No. We will be using Kicad, which is an open source tool and free to use. It works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Do I need my own computer? No. Kicad will be installed on the laptops at Make717. You can use these laptops or install Kicad on your own computer. It's up to you.
Is a circuit board art? It can be. If you are artistic, join the workshop and make some art. A circuit board can be designed in any shape. The basic components of the board will be your palette. Circuit boards are printed, so the basic principles of printing can be used to create a mixed media masterpiece.
I'm not artistic. Is this class for me? Yes! The most basic circuit boards are green utilitarian rectangles. If you find meaning and purpose in the design of functional electronics based on sound engineering principles this workshop is for you.
Is math required? Just simple addition and measurement. Nothing complex.
If I miss a class will I fall behind? No. We encourage you to attend every class, but attendance is not mandatory. Class materials will be shared by email.
Will the workshop be hosted in person? Yes. The workshops will be held on Wednesday nights at Make717 from 6:30 to 8:30. We will have a virtual option, but encourage you to be there in person.
Will we be etching the boards? No. You will design the board and send the files to a PCB manufacturer to have them manufactured. The boards will be shipped to you without components. You will solder the components on yourself. Several of the sessions will be devoted to soldering and testing the boards.
What is the minimum age required to take the workshop? There is no fixed age requirement, but please contact us before registering if the person is less than 16 years old.
Here is the outline for each week of the workshop
Member orientation for the Carvey!
This machine features a 300W, 12,000 RPM spindle, a 8"x11.5"x 2.5" work area and is suitable for routing wood, wood products, a variety of plastics and other materials. It also features a cloud-based operator interface, Easel, where you can create your design and control the machine.
This class is the basic orientation for anyone who wants to use the Carvey, and we will be meeting in the new Woodshop room.
This class requires some homework to be accomplished before you can register.
To attend, you must:
If you have already completed the design, you can obtain the registration code by completing this quiz. A passing grade will send the code to your email.
Walk-ins. are not accepted for this class. Class size is strictly limited due to time, distancing, and equipment availability.
This session will be taught by Micah Story.
This is a required orientation for anyone who wants to use the 3D printers. You must be a monthly member or sign out the library STEMPass to take the class. You must maintain your monthly membership or have the STEMPass to have continued use of the 3D printers.
No walk-ins; registration is required. Class size is limited to 6 students. Every person in your party needs to complete a registration (spouse, child, etc). If you have any issues requiring accommodations, please let us know and we will do everything we can.
Interested in becoming a Maker member or borrowing your libraries STEM Maker Pass and gaining access to the tools, equipment and work space available at the make717 Innovation Center? Then come out for a guided tour and information session.
A representative of our volunteer staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.
Come out and find out what make717 is all about. All attendees who sign up as maker members during the information session will receive a special incentive.
Space is limited, so register today!
Please be sure to register everyone in your party so that we can maintain occupancy restrictions. All make717 members, guests and visitors must submit to a self administered health screening before participating in any activities.
Please wear closed toe shoes and bring safety glasses if you have them.
For GPS Directions to make717 use 1151 Clark Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
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