Many awesome events in July at HackPGH!

June 27, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 2pm-4pm: Introductory Programming in Python

What is this Class?

This is an INTRODUCTORY class for people wanting to start learning how to program computers. It is intended for people who have never programmed anything before; we can’t cram an entire college-level programming class into one evening, but this class should leave you in a good place to keep learning on your own or attend one of our classes on more advanced topics.

The class will cover:

* Getting set up with a programming environment
* Basic input and output
* Logic, math and decision making
* Structured programming with functions
* How to make a basic calculator program

The class is taught in Python, an easy to learn but very powerful programming language, widely used in fields as diverse as scientific programming, web development, scripting, and video games. There will be follow-on classes dealing with more advanced programming, and on interfacing with the Raspberry Pi computer to control electronics systems such as robots.

Cost: $40/person.

You will need:

• A laptop! Or some other computer. Windows or Mac or Linux, anything will work.

• Python! Download it from https://www.python.org/downloads/and install it on your laptop ahead of time.

• A text editor! I recommend Sublime Text (http://www.sublimetext.com/2) or Notepad++ (http://notepad-plus-plus.org/), both of which have functional free versions.

• Your brain!

Friday, July 21, 2017, 7pm-9pm: Edgelit Plaque / Craft brew tasting social

What is this Event?

This is an opportunity to learn a new skill, build something, and taste some brews from local Pittsburgh craft breweries. We will go through the process of converting a graphic file into an etched acrylic plaque, and then through the process of building a base with LEDs to light it up.

The photo above shows an example. Just imagine that the Soldering Iron logo is your custom logo or image, and the text is your custom text.

This is a basic workshop and will cover modifying graphic files using InkScape, using the laser cutter to cut and engrave, and basic LED wiring.

Bring a graphic file to be etched, laptop not required.

Cost: $50/person

Buy tickets here!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/edgelit-plaque-craft-brew-tasting-social-tickets-35731020444

What do I get for my money?

– completed LED edgelit plaque

– experience with Laser Cutting/engraving

Free local craft beer samples

NOTE: Students will need to bring/have web access to the graphic to be etched on the light.

HackPittsburgh members get 10% off. Email to info@hackpittsburgh.org

If you have any questions please drop us a note at info@hackpittsburgh.org

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June 17, 10am-2pm, CLASS: Intro to Motor Control with Arduino

May 30, 2017

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B22yo8yjdiiaYXY0OHA5RndmRkE

What is this Class?

This is the next class in HackPittsburgh’s series of classes for 2017. We are continuing on the journey to be able to build your own robot or 3d printer. Now that you know a little bit about sensors and Arduino programming, its time to learn how to make things move!

Want to learn how to make things spin and move? Come learn how to add motors to your next project and control them with an Arduino! We are going to cover the basics of motors, drivers, and control code to make things move.

This is an intermediate workshop and will cover controlling brushed DC motors and hobby servos. We will cover motor fundamentals, motor characteristics, brushed DC motor basics, electronic control, and hobby servo control. We will talk about the differences between stepper motors and servos.

Buy tickets here! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-motor-control-arduino-tickets-34824697608 

What do I get for my money?

– Motor shield  for Arduino

– 6 volt DC hobby motor

– Small stepper motor

– Standard size servo

– Micro size servo

– Potentiometer

– Individual help from experienced electrical engineers!

NOTE: Students will need to bring their own laptops, Arduinos, USB cables.

HackPittsburgh members get 10% off. Email to info@hackpittsburgh.org

If you have any questions please drop us a note at info@hackpittsburgh.org

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May 20, 10am-2pm, Learn to Solder Class

May 14, 2017

Plenty of tickets left for Learn to Solder Class on May 20 @ 10am-2pm

This class will teach you to solder or help you practice your skills if they are a little rusty. We will guide you through the process of building an Arduino from a kit. Kits will be provided and in the end you will go home with your brand new DIY Arduino ready to make your project dreams come true.

Recommended Age Group: 8-99 (kids must be accompanied by adults)

Visit Eventbrite  to buy ticket for this class.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-to-solder-class-tickets-31831838887?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

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May 2017: Upcoming Classes and Events in May!

April 28, 2017

May is going to be a busy month for HackPittsburgh!

Intro to Oscilloscopes Class Description

This is a brand new interactive lecture/demonstration at HackPittsburgh on the fundamentals of oscilloscopes, what they are, how to use them, and various tips and tricks for getting started on your own project.

We will be using 4 different oscilloscopes. 1 of them analog, 1 of them digital but from the 80s, and 2 modern professional digital oscilloscopes.

Students will be able to play with the oscilloscopes, and try them out. Its not just a lecture, you will be able to learn by doing.

The lecture will be taught by an  Electrical Engineer who uses an oscilloscope, practically every single day, for his day job.

There will be some basic math involved, and maybe a tiny bit of algebra here and there, but nothing too fancy. Very basic stuff. No hand calculations of the Fourier Transform (Im sorry to disappoint).

The following topics will be covered

1: What is an Oscilloscope and how it can be your friend?

2: Analog vs Digital Scopes

3: What are signals, what is frequency, the fundamentals of digital signal processing

4: Sampling rate vs Data points vs Bandwidth

5: Using digital oscilloscopes to look at digital communication signals, UART, i2c, SPI.

6: Triggering digital communication signals

7: What kind of oscilloscope do you really need? How much money should you spend?

Learn to Solder Class Description

This class will teach you to solder or help you practice your skills if they are a little rusty. We will guide you through the process of building an Arduino from a kit. Kits will be provided and in the end you will go home with your brand new DIY Arduino ready to make your project dreams come true.

Recommended Age Group: 8-99 (kids must be accompanied by adults)

Visit Eventbrite  to buy ticket for this class.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-to-solder-class-tickets-31831838887

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April 21, 2017: Hacking Food and Drink

April 17, 2017
hackfood
Time of event: 7:30 – 9:00 pm with discussion and Q&A.
It’s easy in this culture to get in a routine of eating prepackaged food, fast food, and restaurant meals.  Fewer people today know how to cook than generations before. But like any craft or art form, cooking is a matter of practice and inspiration. And the same approach can apply to mixing drinks, whether with alcohol or not.
This talk features a different perspective on cooking from HackPittsburgh member Scott, an amateur scratch cook and experimental mixologist.
This talk will feature History of Shrubs and home made alcohol
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